The Mancave

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  1. IGOR

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    Hi All,

    So as some may know from my intro thread I am a returning fish nut from the year 2BC.
    The return coincides with the build of my mancave which means I will have space for an aquarium :D

    My question is that seeing as I am busy building, are there any "features" like water / plumbing etc that you could recommend I install while I am at it that would make life easier in the long run with regards maintenance of the tank?

    Secondly, I was looking at something like a boyu all in one tank but also have the option to do a custom build. Which would you suggest?
     
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    how big a tank are you thinking,
    if i could custom build a area for fish tanks it would be something like this:
    no carpets
    100mm drain to do water changes
    large double basin for cleaning
    hose connection on tap for direct filling
    large double door to get tanks in and out
    no steps, easy access for tanks in and out
    aircon heat the room not the tanks
    air extraction to keep humidity down
     
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    I was thinking 1,2 / 1,5 metre?

    So yes the cave will have:
    Polished & coloured concrete floor or epoxy haven't quite decided yet
    Double glass doors

    Tank will be about 4 metres from the door going outside to a little courtyard.

    Will have aircon installed also, but is it not more cost effective for a single tank to rather run heaters? Aircon 24/7 must make for an impressive eskom bill.
    How much humidity will the tank create typically? Hadn't thought of that

    Drain pipe - great idea.
     
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    sorry was thinking tanks not a tank
    with a single tank definitely easier to just heat the tank
    a 1.5m 500ltr tank with a decent lid will not make much humidity at all.
     
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    thats good news... man cave needs to house some records and books also. Too much humidity would be a very bad thing :(
     
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    Ooh that sounds great! Comfy arm chair!
     
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    I have a nice eams lounge chair that I will move in there... The cave will house all my various toys :)
    Maybe I should do a journal of the build etc here
     
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    Absolutely journal that yes!

    Remember to leave space for the future tanks you’re still in denial about :lol::thumbup:
     
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    Agree with top dog on having water drain built it.

    Also would suggest having a tap where you can fill from. Mixed water like in a kitchen would be best but only cold will also work.

    And add a dedicated circuit breaker and plug for the tanks if possible less risk of something tripping your tanks by mistake this way.

    Always go custom build in my opinion. Then can make your dimensions and you can choose filters braceless or braced etc. 1.5 x 60 x 60 would be a nice size.
     
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    I said the same.. just one tank altogether bought 4 so far.. this is my second run like you
     
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    Haha, requested a 1.2m tank for my birthday so I could take down the 2 smaller tanks (45 & 60cm).
    Only having one tank lasted less than a month, then the 60cm got reinstated as my first planted tank, and I've just set up the 45 as a quarantine tank for some ghost shrimp I'm getting soon, with ideas already forming about making it a more permanent feature :lol:

    So yes, definitely keep space for those extra tanks that will appear over time.
     
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    No No No No... no extra tanks. You guys are like crack dealers trying to sell to an addict :lol:
    Separate circuit breaker is a great idea.. thanks
    Ok, custom tank it is then.
    Is it worth going the whole starfire glass route?
     
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    :lol::thumbup:
    Get quotes in float glass and in optiglass. It really does make a difference, but the overall budget is also a consideration and it depends on exactly how anal you are about it. Also if you’re REALLY planning on having only 1 tank (cough...denial!!) then perhaps go all in?
     
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    I give it 6 months before tank 2 is on the way :lol:
    I'd say it's 50 50 on the Starfire tanks. I had one that I never set up all my other tanks are just normal flot glass it doesn't make much diffrence in my opinion unless we talking 15 or 19mm glass. Its about 50-60% more expensive though.
     
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    Agreed :lol:
     
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    I would try to make water changes as painless as possible so yes to a drain. Then, water in: perhaps a temperature regulating mixer hooked up to a carbon filter? Or skip the temp mixer if it will be a continuous drip system. Check out king of DIY youtube channel video on auto water change.
     
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    Thanks everyone, am I understanding correctly that water top up could be done from the tap directly? Have I missed something? Thought water needed to be dechlorinated etc first.
     
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    Sorry my bad. You do need dechlorination. I was suggesting a drip system that runs through a carbon filter to remove chemicals. That might be the rolls Royce system. Some people dose (with seachem prime) the entire tank during a top up straight from the tap. Probably the most basic and safest system is to age the water in buckets before adding to your tank. Or dose the bucket with Prime before adding it. Whichever method you choose, plan on how much water you want to change and how regularly, then design the system around how much time you have. Some people love the manual buckets approach. I prefer to spend my free time enjoying the fish, tinkering with the scape, and optimising my equipment.
     
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    Ah ok, makes sense :D
    A future free of buckets sounds good to me.
    Will look to setup an automated drain and top up of some sort if I can
     
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