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Larry Bugg
07-16-2016, 12:24 PM
Most already know that I'm in the middle of moving. We sold our house in Metro Atlanta back in April and are temporarily living with my father-in-law in Hillsboro, Ga. We closed on the mortgage of our new home this week which will be a Modular home and will probably be ready around mid September. The plan was to build a free standing building for a fish room but I found a used 16x32 foot Cabin that I was able to buy cheaper than I could build. It should be delivered in the next week or two and I can go ahead and wire and plumb it so it will be ready to hook up as soon as we move into the new house. My initial plans call for eight 20's, eight 75's, four 40's and one 125. It has been a year since I closed down the fish room and I'm really getting excited to get some breeding going again.

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Larry Bugg
07-16-2016, 12:25 PM
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caricell
07-16-2016, 02:41 PM
Nice Larry!
Good luck!

HN1
07-16-2016, 02:48 PM
Very nice Larry! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

aXio
07-16-2016, 03:23 PM
Awesome! Definitely following along.

Larry Bugg
07-16-2016, 03:33 PM
The barn doors will be will be walled off along with one of the windows so I can have that space for racks. Will install a wall mounted heat pump for ac and heat. I've been doing wc's here with tap water with no ill affects on the discus so I won't need to store my water for changes. I will install a tankless water heater and run the cold and hot water through a thermostatic valve to maintain water temp going into the tanks.

Tropical
07-17-2016, 07:31 AM
That's awesome, can't wait to see what you do with it!

kimmer
07-17-2016, 01:09 PM
Most already know that I'm in the middle of moving. We sold our house in Metro Atlanta back in April and are temporarily living with my father-in-law in Hillsboro, Ga. We closed on the mortgage of our new home this week which will be a Modular home and will probably be ready around mid September. The plan was to build a free standing building for a fish room but I found a used 16x32 foot Cabin that I was able to buy cheaper than I could build. It should be delivered in the next week or two and I can go ahead and wire and plumb it so it will be ready to hook up as soon as we move into the new house. My initial plans call for eight 20's, eight 75's, four 40's and one 125. It has been a year since I closed down the fish room and I'm really getting excited to get some breeding going again.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/Bugman30040/12x32%20Deluxe%20Cabin/20160712_111154_zps967d7i2w.jpg (http://s741.photobucket.com/user/Bugman30040/media/12x32%20Deluxe%20Cabin/20160712_111154_zps967d7i2w.jpg.html)


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Yeah, glad to see your getting back online!!!!

Roger
08-22-2016, 01:48 PM
Looks a little small for a fishroom. Perhaps you should live there and use the modular for the fish.:)

Larry Bugg
08-22-2016, 02:16 PM
Looks a little small for a fishroom. Perhaps you should live there and use the modular for the fish.:)

Lol, well plans do indeed change.

Ok, so here is the updated plan. Originally I had planned on walling off the two barn doors at the back of the cabin. New plan is to remove both doors. I am then going to build a 10' x 8' addition off the door openings. This new area will be insulated and will house the two 330 gallon water storage totes. They are 40" x 48" and will take up half of the new room. The remainder of the room will be used to house the refrigerator, sink and work table. May also have enough room left for one or two of the plastic 5 shelf racks I used for supplies in the old fish room. This means I will no longer need a water heater for the tanks as the water in the storage totes will be heated. My fish in the garage have been doing fine with water from the tap but I really like aging my water. Moving the non aquarium items into the new area will allow me to increase my total aquarium gallons to around 1200 gallons and possible leave the two windows in the main area uncovered. If I decide I need more tank space I can always cover the windows and put tanks in front of them at a later time. I like having the windows unobstructed so I can have the natural light in the room during the day.

Here it is after it was delivered to my home site.

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aXio
08-22-2016, 02:39 PM
How far is that from your home Larry? Also how do you plan on running water and power to the cabin? Please take lots of pictures of the expansion! Getting there one step at a time!

Larry Bugg
08-22-2016, 09:49 PM
How far is that from your home Larry? Also how do you plan on running water and power to the cabin? Please take lots of pictures of the expansion! Getting there one step at a time!

We are currently living with my father-in-law while the home is being built. It is a modular home and will be about 100 feet from cabin. The home is expected to be delivered in about 4 or 5 weeks. Once the house is delivered we will drill a well and electricity will be run. I will split tie into the water line running from the well to the house and electricity will run from the house to the cabin.

Larry Bugg
09-09-2016, 10:25 PM
Started building the 8' x 10" extension to hold the water storage. We should get the roof on tomorrow morning and then I can start next week on the wiring and plumbing

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Larry Bugg
09-09-2016, 10:25 PM
Here is about version 20 of the interior of the cabin. Oh, version 21............the stand by the 125 that shows 2 x 20 and 1 x 75 is actually 2 x75. No 20's. Total 1255 gallons not counting the storage.660 gallons of storage water. I left the two windows in the center of the building uncovered. If I need to later I can close off those windows and put another 160 gallons in. I don't show it on the drawing but I will have a work table in front of the two water totes. I also think I can get some shelves in the extension for equipment storage.


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aXio
09-10-2016, 01:42 AM
Who needs windows anyway... *grin*. Coming along more and more! Planning automated water changes on any of the tanks?

Larry Bugg
09-10-2016, 12:18 PM
Who needs windows anyway... *grin*. Coming along more and more! Planning automated water changes on any of the tanks?

Guess it depends on what you mean by automated. To me it basically means a drip system which I'm not a big believer in. At least not for the kind of fish I keep and for breeding purposes. I don't think there is a good substitution for a real water change. So I guess I will be semi automated, lol. All the tanks are drilled so draining is easy. I use a siphon tube on a long hose that is plumbed into the drain so cleaning the bottom of each tank is fairly easy and quick. The water totes will each have a pump and be plumbed above each of the tanks so I only have to turn a valve to re-fill each of the tanks. I am also planning on a float valve on each of the tanks so I won't have to worry about over flows.

jimfur80
09-10-2016, 01:13 PM
Looks great Larry!!! Fun project I am sure, Its funny though I think the fish will be settled in before you are?? LOL!! Very cool though!!

Jim

Larry Bugg
09-10-2016, 01:28 PM
Looks great Larry!!! Fun project I am sure, Its funny though I think the fish will be settled in before you are?? LOL!! Very cool though!!

Jim

Lol, that's exactly the plan Jim. I want the fish in the new room just as soon as water and power are available which would probably end up being a week or so before we move in. With pairs spawning and a couple of more pairs on the way I really don't have enough room in the garage and doing daily water changes in the garage is a pita.

aXio
09-10-2016, 01:41 PM
Guess it depends on what you mean by automated. To me it basically means a drip system which I'm not a big believer in. At least not for the kind of fish I keep and for breeding purposes. I don't think there is a good substitution for a real water change. So I guess I will be semi automated, lol. All the tanks are drilled so draining is easy. I use a siphon tube on a long hose that is plumbed into the drain so cleaning the bottom of each tank is fairly easy and quick. The water totes will each have a pump and be plumbed above each of the tanks so I only have to turn a valve to re-fill each of the tanks. I am also planning on a float valve on each of the tanks so I won't have to worry about over flows.

That is exactly what I was thinking. I'm not a fan of drip systems either... to much risk of failures. But I figured you would have some kind of drain/valve switch system for easy filling and draining. Can't wait to see more!

Larry Bugg
09-10-2016, 02:12 PM
That is exactly what I was thinking. I'm not a fan of drip systems either... to much risk of failures. But I figured you would have some kind of drain/valve switch system for easy filling and draining. Can't wait to see more!

For me it isn't a matter of failure it's a matter of how much clean water you end up with. Changing 25% with a drip is not the same as changing 25% at one time. With a continuous drip the change takes place over the entire day and as clean water drips in it mixes with the dirty water so as water drains from the tank some of the new clean water goes out also. You don't end up actually changing 25%. With growing out discus our biggest issue is with dissolved organic compounds in the water. These docs's create a breeding ground for bacteria and these bacteria adversely affect young discus more so than any other fish I have kept. For that reason we want to get as much of the doc's out of the water daily as we can which only happens with large water changes.