The Fish Room - Page 2

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Squirtle =)

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mmm I have 1 rainbow in there atm, plan to get a few more but still not really what I am looking for.

I saw a long fish today black and yellow strips was about 15 cm lfs didnt know what it was they wanted 180 for it but I don't believe they are very rare? I have seen them before a few times they get quite large might add one of them anyone know the name? they go with the clowns and tigers stripe wise.

then the balas go with the tinfoils adding some black, all I need then is some schooling fish for the middle rummys?

some fancy cheapish pleco ( gold nugget etc) Thinking of some featherfins (african black catfish with dots) I don't believe in all that PH stuff after seeing a friend breed discus in 8 ph water its put me off lol.

some more rainbows and maybe a gourI or 2.

someone also recommended yellow labs which would work great imho but not sure how well they will treat everyone else, I guess yellows are not like your apex killers but yeah.

Just want this tank to be prefect very active and large amounts of healthy looking colored fish.
 
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Squirtle =)

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Alright fishlore! Heres the latest. I have taken videos as its easier heres a run down on what has changed, I won't go into stocks much.

sump for the 4x2x2 wall cracked, so I had to reseal that and level the sump and 2 stands which took time getting the right size metal cut out and cement tiles, when that was done started working on the oscar and synspilum tank which is done ( see video) I have also started closing down my 4ft split tier tank, selling that and replacing it for another 2 6x2x2. apart from this I have only done work on the 150G in my bedroom slowly coming along still a little more work and I got 8 more red devils don't ask.... was cheaper getting 8 then 4 more pairs, one of my favs so can't complain. Disney has also grown a bit and learned to take food out of my fingers but today he got a bit carried away and decided my finger is more tasty then the prawn so we had a bit of a tussle. Might add more bit brain dead!

Heres the videos.

Display tanks (3) Discus tank has gone awful needs lots of work other 2 almost done! the angel tank had just been stirred, normally its clean!
 
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Squirtle =)

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DoviI vs Vieja Fenestratus, they had just been moved so its very normally they will fight, all happy now and stick together, they do this to just check whos big dog, if this play ever lasts longer then 4 days or gets to a bad point I remove one fish, just figured some people may want to see it.
 
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Squirtle =)

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Heres the room in full, the new RD tank is here too needs a lot of work lol did not plan to get them! Sorry for the quality a bit better then the other one but still not the best gives a general idea!
 
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Squirtle =)

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Hope you enjoy feel free to ask questions on fish etc always happy to answer, just not sure what people like to hear see!
 

pirahnah3

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tanks are looking good man. Glad to see some happy fish in there.

You don't like large fish at all do you haha.
 
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Squirtle =)

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Cheers pirahnah, ehehe what can I say without sounding too off topic, large fish are amazing I am yet to find a little fish that gives me joy like a big fish, my eel does but soon he will hit 2m plus !
 

pirahnah3

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hey to each their own, that's why there are so many diff kinds of fish right! They do look awesome thou
 

RogueAgent94

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Very nice!!

Your RD tank looks a bit full LOL. Also your female FH looks to have been beat up quite thoroughly. I'd put a mesh in between the two so she can grow back her pretty fins.
 
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Squirtle =)

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lol! Yeah, I have to sort the red devils out they are just in there till my 3 favs pair up then I will separate them, think the big one has found a girl but unsure, bit of tail hitting and they are fending off the other 7 rds.

She has been beaten up too much from being in the small 4ft, in the 2x2 she is going much better but he still chases her a bit, I really need to sit down and figure out how to get these guys to breed.

also need to get a 3tier 6x2x2 stand ikes that's gonna be fun to see how they build it lol.
 

pirahnah3

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Might as well just become a breeder of these guys down there at this point lol.
 
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Squirtle =)

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of red devils? xD not much point, years ago some guys threw some american cichlids into a lake to see if they would live, the red devils and a few africans did, so everyone just goes a fishes for them only people who want pure ones buy then but there not many still a bit, my favorite fish so all is good!

I wouldn't mind breeding some more rare/fancy flowerhorns they sell for good down here but I can't get it going. I figured out they should be separated then introduce the male into her side when she lays but can't see how she would lay without him being there.
 
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Squirtle =)

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well, Daddy came home to a big surprise my kiddos have been busy today, 4 red devil pairs all with eggs its like ww3 in there any body leaves the nest the other nest is 15-30 cm away and they just fight and fight I am lucky the big boss and his misses laid away from everyone else his so strong he would just destroy everyone. I got one pair separated but the lights went out for some reason so I can't do anything else.

Also my jags seem to be getting ready to lay again very good day today !! only weird part is my jags last time laid 400+ eggs these red devils seem to have laid 50-100ish. Still very happy Dont think I can sell them all but still produce good feeders.
 
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Squirtle =)

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Hmmm where to start... Well Winter is slowly coming and its getting much colder here then last year + I have triple the tanks. The bill has jumped to high so I have decided to insulate the whole room. By doing it now I hope to save $$ early before the increases come for us plus when my next batch of tanks is finished there will be hardly any room!!!

So after reading a lot I went with 100MM thick EPS boards, they are water proof and super easy to work with. Then for the roof going for the same setup but using sarking > 100MM EPS > sliver bats. This gives a 5.5 R value for Australia which is pretty high, Not sure of the same in america but its high!



heres stage 2 -3 one side has the board up other has the sliver bats, the sarking is above this.



2 Beams finished! nice and shiny hehe



The heater/cooler, nice and cheap to run and does the best job.



The best idea so far. Tap right in the room, the A/C installer also found a drain right outside the room very happy with this going to make life much easier.

I can't tell if my little area done is working or if the heater will work well. The roller door had to go for the new one to come which is not expected for 1 month, but the guys who did the tap and ac agreed to help me take it off for free and seeing as it hardly shut I said why not after 1 bolt it fell down was hardly in the wall. Only issue is now I have a massive hole in the wall thinking of using some type of heavy duty plastic sheeting for the time to keep as much heat in as I can, Not running the heater but the tanks are still heating.



On the fish side of things, got a lovely GT Pair heres a quick snap of the male.

 

Akari_32

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Are you heating the whole room then, rather than individual tanks? My tanks are regulated by room temp, and we have the air set at 78. Makes life easier lol
 
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Squirtle =)

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Hey Akari.

That's the plan , it should also lower the evaporation rate and time the heaters run. glass being a poor insulator the heaters are trying to heat the air also due to the constant cool air > hot water change, Once I cut that out I should be fine heating wise *cross fingers*

Just not sure what to do with the brick walls fitting EPS boards behind tanks is not high on my list ;(
 

pirahnah3

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setup is looking good man! Keep up the good work
 

cichlidmac

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Omg! That'd be one big water bill

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Squirtle =)

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water is cheap lol about 100 per quarter and we have a pool that is on auto top up (out door) electricity on the other hand well beep beep beep beep

finished the roof today, started the heater up 1 hour from 17c to 24c working like a treat once the roller doors are finished I think the room will be great. finish my tank setups and and and ITS TIME TO START THE STOCKING PROPERLY!!! I can't wait ! almost 1 year I did pretty good, only a few fish here and there
 

pirahnah3

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lol only a few??????
 
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Squirtle =)

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WELL! 24 tanks and I hardly stocked them! like If I did not feel so bad for all those Red devils bashed into a 4x18x14 tank I would have 8 fish that's not even half of 24 so I did a great job and saved some fishes life now they breed non stop for me
 

pirahnah3

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hey that's never a bad thing, maybe you can start to get some green back for all you have put out for them.
 
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Squirtle =)

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hey all.

Little update finished the insulation today, my uncles theory worked and the walls are fine as brick. I sealed the roller doors air tight so the only leak hole is under the door but that's an easy fix

On a fishy note, I "turned to the dark side" as some call it got my first Saltwater fish tank. Started because I saw a long finned bat face fish in the pet shop so somehow I went from that to getting a full Saltwater tank the next day, the guy explained everything to me and I managed to set it all up without killing any fish so I must be off to a good start everything is running great getting your ahead around all the different chemicals is hard and still ticking in but I will get there. I also got zapped 3 times by the powerhead plug , my hand still feels a bit funkey lol.

This is the new feature when you walk in to the room + the oscars.

Some of the fish

All in one S/W filter, has skimmer, canister and airpump + a power head thing. I find it pretty neat and cool. apparently I won't get far with corals with this system but its great for starting up I believe keeps it a lot more simple and later on once I have a full understanding I can move into a larger tank.

oh I know this is a fish forum but! I also added 2 new little soon to be semI monster and monster guys to the room. I am planning on doing a turtle-lizard-fish setup but started with a snake well 2.....

Second Biggest snake in aus Not so nice and calm yet still a baby where as the other one is a year old.
 
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Squirtle =)

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I also painted the walls too add some color now that I get 0 sunlight.
 

RogueAgent94

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Looks like you've been busy while I've been gone!! Everything looks great. I like your Saltwater set up . I saw a batfish at my new LFS too and really wanted it haha.
 
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Squirtle =)

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heheh where have u been? Yes the bats are amazing!!

I am a bit worried :S someone said to me because of the shocks I may die and should go to emergency lol?
 
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ryanr

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Squirtle =) said:
heheh where have u been? Yes the bats are amazing!!

I am a bit worried :S someone said to me because of the shocks I may die and should go to emergency lol?
She'll be right mate! You ain't dead yet!

I am curious about the shocks though? Have you identified what caused them?

The only shock I've ever had in my Saltwater tank is from the sting of something (maybe majano or aiptasia), which numbed my fingers for about a week.

Great setup!
 
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Squirtle =)

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Thanks Ryan! Also thank you for all those pages you took the time out to write up. they where super helpful so thank you once again great articles!

The shock came from the power head, holding the cord and pushing it into the slot. I feel fine!

Just noticed your also in Melbourne
 

RogueAgent94

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Squirtle =) said:
heheh where have u been? Yes the bats are amazing!!

I am a bit worried :S someone said to me because of the shocks I may die and should go to emergency lol?
Haha I've been moving . It took longer than I expected to pack up my life in boxes haha. That's what I call it ;D. You will be surprised how much junk you can collect in one year!

Well.... you aren't dead yet so I'm sure you are okay. Usually shocks will only harm you badly if they are really strong. I had to go to the hospital when I touched a Swamp Cooler and the shock was so strong that I wasn't able to pull my hand away.
 
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Squirtle =)

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RogueAgent94 said:
Haha I've been moving . It took longer than I expected to pack up my life in boxes haha. That's what I call it ;D. You will be surprised how much junk you can collect in one year!

Well.... you aren't dead yet so I'm sure you are okay. Usually shocks will only harm you badly if they are really strong. I had to go to the hospital when I touched a Swamp Cooler and the shock was so strong that I wasn't able to pull my hand away.
fun fun fun! Tell me about it, as you can see from page one there was a lot of life and junk to go threw before I could start haha.

Ouch! Its my first time. really weird feeling like its not like a hammer hit or cutting yourself hard to explain. Should be fine but if I sell all my fish tanks you guys know something is wrong with me ok?
 

yusufm52

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Cool setup Squirtle....


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RogueAgent94

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Squirtle =) said:
fun fun fun! Tell me about it, as you can see from page one there was a lot of life and junk to go threw before I could start haha.

Ouch! Its my first time. really weird feeling like its not like a hammer hit or cutting yourself hard to explain. Should be fine but if I sell all my fish tanks you guys know something is wrong with me ok?
If you even begin to sell your fish tanks give me a months warning so I can book my plane ticket LOL
 
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Squirtle =)

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Thanks yusufm

Will do rogue, you may as well just have the whole room. then I can at least still look at my home aquarium

Anyways I am off to bed for the night. been a big day, have a good night/day.
 
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Squirtle =)

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Well guys. My room is finished! added my main feature tank 7x4x3.x (its 4 in the center as its a bow front). moved the room around a lot, will upload the layout tomorrow I need sleep. But the tank part is finished!!!!

Sofa looks at the tank then I have 2x 8fts behind the sofa with the 7ft sump under to run the 8s + the 6fts.

So my fishroom is finished in the sense of tanks very happy, was a hard day. hard work lifting that tank but we did it with 4 people, I even moved my 8ft WHILE on the steel stand alone some how, lifted all the 7fts off. I don't know how lol. Filtration is going in next weekend or so then we will start stocking all the tanks after that.
 

pirahnah3

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awesome man! great finds and all that. You know what I mean lol
 
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Squirtle =)

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haha cheers man. strarted stripping the silicone on the big boy today, Its funny the jobs that sound hard are easy but the ones that sound easy are hard... Painting the walls without getting paint on tanks- sounds hard.. was easy.... pushing foam boards into the roof - easy was super hard. stripping silicone off a tank and resealing it.. hard so far nice and easy.
 

Everythingzen

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Wow. What a brilliant setup! What kind of fish is the GT? Your parents must be so easy going!
 
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Squirtle =)

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Thanks. GT is a False Green Terror (gold saum) Cichlid. Grows to 10-14 inch and can turn into aggro fishes !

Parents don't mind I pay the bills for the room and pay for all the gear + I gave the mummy and my cousin a tank which keeps them happy lol. Getting tanks inside the house well that's another story I almost lost my leg with that one lol.
 

Everythingzen

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Haha, awesome mate.
My hub wants a green terror now, haha. I said it would most likely be a cranky thing and some kind of cichlid
 
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Squirtle =)

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yup need to keep them alone or have a decent size tank lol have to be carefully what they are with also, they can mow an oscar over night but are not near a red terror, else you get a true green terror which is just as bad as a red lol. nice fish but I call them 1000 Neons in 1 very playful also.
 

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