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12-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Hey my first post!

Anyway I have been into the aquarium hobby for many years and thought I would post one that I finished several years ago. We purchased our home back in "98" and our basement was a skeleton. I always wanted a tank in the wall so I pulled the plug and went for it doing all the work between my wife and I.

So here it goes>







Well it went well for years and years. Behind the wall is a complete fish room with many tanks that I once used for breeding the Rainbowfish. The hobby kind of got away with me, fish died off etc so it sat for years. I always kept the pumps going and maintained the plants and this weekend I revived it again. So I went down bought five rainbows today and the hobby is going again! I'll probably get back into the breeding on a smaller scale and see where it goes.

The tank is an Oceanic with the overflows, 75 gallon sump, Magnum 350, Little Giant 1.3Amp centrifugal, piped and plumbed for easy water changes. The plants are all Java Ferns and the fish will be all Rainbowfish.

So that's it my first post on this forum. Stay tuned for some upcoming photos of the rest of the fish room:popcorn:.

12-12-2012, 07:14 AM
Dude! This is super NICE! I really really like this! Is it difficult to feed or to clean the tank?

12-12-2012, 09:30 AM
Man that's an awesome setup! :bow2::bow2::bow2:

12-12-2012, 09:57 AM
Very cool, always wanted a tank in the wall, what are the pro's and con's of it being in a sep room?

12-12-2012, 05:42 PM
Wow! That is awesome! Now my imagination is running away with me.

12-12-2012, 07:15 PM
Thanks for the complements.

As far as cleaning it has never been a problem. As they say the larger the tank the easier it is to keep clean. With the two overflows and the Magnum they probably take care of 75% of the cleaning. The glass in the room has a magnet type cleaner, but at the end of the day you just have to reach in sleeves up to do the maintenance. For the overflow filtration I buy the 81" X 96" Quilted Batting Poly Fill down at Wally World. I just cut this up with some scissors to the size of the opening in the overflow boxes. I change them out every two weeks or so and or as when needed. The picture of the sump shows the hose fitting and with a couple of valve changes I just flow the water out to the sink sitting next to the set-up. Eventually I will plumb this in to the sink so a hose will not be needed.

So the five juvenile Rainbows I bought last night look healthy and the colors are showing much better since their rescue yesterday from the store. Two of them are already mated up and egg laying in the Java fern is already in the works! Pretty amazing to have this within 24 hours, but then again it is all about water quality.

12-12-2012, 07:23 PM
Very cool, always wanted a tank in the wall, what are the pro's and con's of it being in a sep room?

The biggest "Pro" is you can shut / lock the door.

The "con" is my cat "Otter" sleeps in there now and is all over the aquatic living! Yes and the reason her name is Otter is she just cannot resist the water. But in reality with all of the tanks being open top you do get the humidity effect and the plans are doing a ceiling like you see in the pics inside the fish room with an exhaust fan to take the moister out of the room.

12-17-2012, 02:17 PM
I found a few more shots of this setup from a few years back.

Back side of the 135. I found a stainless steel restaurant shelf and incorporated this on the back side of the tank in the fish room. I also spent a lot of time trimming this back side of the aquarium with woodwork. The two handles are some sort of lizards for drawers I found at the hardware store. The whole panel comers off by just lifting the lizard handles and pulling out the bottom so I can access the sump etc.


This was my breeding operation for the ferns and rainbow fish. I'm redoing this whole setup so I can get 12 x 36" tanks on the wall instead of these three.


Last but not least is the way this aquarium looks in the room we finished. The bar glass is 117" and I picked it up for free at the local glass shop. They were getting ready to throw it away and fortunately I was there to get it. Apparently it was someones window for a store and they called in the measurements which turned out to be wrong.


12-17-2012, 04:02 PM
Fish room looks like a retail store!

12-17-2012, 07:51 PM
Well I'm still working on the design of the new room and although this image I created with MS Paint looks crude this is the drawing I'm getting close to building the racks off of. I never purchased an Auto-Cad program so bear with me on this drawing :gickle:.


12-17-2012, 08:00 PM
Looks good! I see no prob with ms paint. Probably because I've used it for similar purposes. :-)

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12-21-2012, 06:55 AM
Well it's been a busy week. My wife and I are finally finishing the fish room after all of these years. The ceiling has been the focus this week and it's coming along pretty well.

Your basic unfinished basement ceiling is what we started with.


See the empty tank stand in the background? I'm looking for a tank to go on it 18x72". 125/135/150. I know the room is a wreck and just from experience it takes about every tool one has to pull of a project like this. So goes the mess, but the finished project is the light at the end of the tunnel :).


I'm getting rid of the tanks and stands you see in the background so if your interested PM me.

2 X 37G breeders open top 1x55G $100.00 for the tanks and stands no pumps, lights etc. You haul away I help load. All hold water and the 55 does have the top portion with a light which needs a lamp. Have to make room for the 12 tanks on this wall.






Nine tanks are planned for this wall. The 20 gallon may have to go upstairs.


The trim work for the ceiling and exhaust vent will be going up today. More pics to follow.

01-10-2013, 10:40 AM
I got to see all this in person the other day and i promise you, the pictures cannot convey the total amount of awesome this is in person!

01-12-2013, 09:49 PM
I got to see all this in person the other day and i promise you, the pictures cannot convey the total amount of awesome this is in person!

Thanks Drew I appreciate the comment.

Dreams do come true if you keep pursuing them and a tank in the wall was always something I dreamed of. I guess looking back when I really started to get involved aquarium scene I was about 27 years old back in West Texas. I always wanted one in the wall and it was no surprise when we found our home in Georgia with an empty basement that the aquarium in the wall concept was going to happen and it did.

Not only did the dream come true I also learned how to sheet rock, how to frame walls and stand, how to plumb the system, electrical and many other trades which I did on my own by doing plenty of research and reading many books.

Also Keep us up to date on the All-Glass 55 gallon aquarium you purchased. I'm looking forward to the thread when it's up and running!