Sorry if I've made you green, but had to show off the room a little! For your information, our living room is only 15 x 12, I had the tanks made specially to fit on a 9" shelf, which I built myself.
The tanks are only 36 x 15 x 8" deep, but they look much bigger, because the ends are all covered. The problem I have with them, is that I can't keep any larger fish, which is a shame that I'm now working to rectify.
Very cool! I also love how it is set up. I would love to have that in my home but I am afraid I would spend all my time doing water changes etc. Do you have a special set up or something to make that easy for you?
I did sort of plan to put a system in, but didn't get round to it for a couple of reasons, mainly the need to pre-treat the water would involve a storage tank of some kind, a pump, a heater and a supply of fresh water. I opted not to do this because of the time I had to build the shelves, but god, I wish I had!
As you can imagine, water changes are not easy, and very time consuming at the moment, but in time, I'll find an easy way around it, I'm sure.
The way I do it at present is by using the shower in the bathroom to fill a 2 gallon bucket to which I add a teaspoon of salt and AquaSafe and bring the temperature to around the right mark using the shower regulator. (This has another advantage, as it de-gases the water as it sprays into the bucket, so I don't have to wait for ages for the water to de-gas naturally). Then the bucket is lifted on top of the lighting canopy and a hosepipe syphons into the tank. It takes around 30 minutes to do a 50% change on each tank. (6 tanks x 30 mins = 3 hours!). As they are all newish, and all started at the same time, (stupid, I know), they are now getting 25% changes every few days. All the tanks have undergone mini-cycling, and are now stable, as I used pre-loaded filters to get them going. The only thing that is running high is nitrates, hence the water changing routine being so frequent. (Perhaps I should get hold of some real plants and throw the plastic ones away!)
Maybe I'll put a system in when I build in the other side of the room. That is an exterior wall, where I could mount a plastic tank above the level of the unit, so gravity would do the work. I also have a tap outside to plumb into. Treatment would b easy, as I could fill the tank and then treat it by the tankfull. It could also de-gas naturally. That just leaves the problem of heating the water before dropping it into the tanks, but a modified electric shower might achieve this, if it can be regulated acurately.
Getting the water out would still have to be done the traditional way with a gravel hoover, otherwise there's no way to keep the bottom clean, so I'll still have to use the buckets!
I have been thinking about an external filtering system too, although I think the cost would kill that idea.
Awesome system you got going there though. I've never heard of the white slime and don't think it poses a threat. Throw in some hornwort to reduce the nitrates. It grows like a weed and you can just leave it floating and cheap too.
It looks like you use a lot of air-driven filters, have you considered buying a couple large canister and filter two tanks at once or using HOB filters. I've found HOB filters remove more than air powered filters.
You are correct, I use air filters because they are cheap and simple. I have three large air pumps which are supplying more air than I need to run everything including the curtains, so it makes sense to me to use these filters. When I built the shelf, I restricted the headroom and this caused problems with the electrics and hasn't given me enough room to plug much in above the tanks, and there's no room behind to run wires for powerheads etc. So this setup is stuck with air filters now.
I haven't heard of a pythong so maybe it would be worth having a look before I do the next phase and rope in a lot of expensive piping!
Thanks for the complements all, it's given me a real buzz to see that everyone likes the way I've done it! And BTW, my bristlenose loves the slime! He's gradually clearing it from the tank he's in, so I'll move him along from tank to tank I think!
Really, that's great. Ya it sucks up nutrients, I only do 20% weekly water changes on my 29 gallon tank and it's overstocked atm, but I have a good filter running and all the live plants help a lot. The hornwort should grow pretty fast, just cut off a strand and put it in the new tank.
I had a mystery white gloopy slime behind my filter (between filter and glass). 1st I knew of it was when my hand squelched it when getting my filter out to clean it! yuk! filter was cleaned a week before, so the slime had been there no more than 7 days. cleaned it off and it hasnt come back. my fish didnt come to any harm either. I never did find out what it was, but it caused no harm other than the yuk factor!!! lol!