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Old 07-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #41 
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You could have the entire thing made of acrylic. Then you wont need to buy shelving. Everything could be self contained into one giant unit. For a community tank such as a barracks you will need to run UV so your fish don't get each other sick. Also I do not like wet dry sump tanks. They take up too much space and are not really efficient. You will have ammonia spikes during feeding and have to deal with channeling and flushing out the media every now and then to keep things working.

As for the video that was posted. I think that having all your tanks connected and having water flow threw from one tank to the other across the bottom is the best solution. I have done this and the reason I did so was that it is easier to maintain the tanks this way. I just increase water flow and all the poop gets flushed to the other side where you have a collection area then you just reduce water flow again and suck out the poop from the collection chamber. I did not like her methods for creating water flow, its not necessary. The back channel may seem like a good idea but it takes up too much space. It's better to have the water flow across and flush out the waste from their tanks. In her video I saw poop just sitting on the bottom of the tanks. The gap between the dividing walls and floor only needs to be about 1mm so the betta will not get sucked into it. Water flow should be a slow trickle and create almost no current. You will not have a high turn over rate which is better for the bettas as they will not have to fight current.

As for media I prefer bio wheels. You can create custom holders for the bio wheels so you do not have to buy the expensive housings. The replacement wheels are pretty cheap. If you go with a custom acrylic setup you can have them create a sump area that will hold multiple bio wheels. Water flowing down a ramp with successive bio wheels in line feeding the bio wheels so they turn and then the water can collect in a sump Or you can just have a wall with bio wheels in a ladder type setup with a spray bar feeding the top wheel and the water that flows down should hit the next. Might have to stagger them back and forth so that the wheels will turn in opposite directions feeding the next bio wheel. With this type of setup you will not need a giant sump tank.

Just tossing out some ideas. Anyways good luck I hope to see what you come up with.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:51 PM   #42 
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Thanks for the tips! Well the side to side wouldn't provide the water flow I need to keep it clean. I also already have the shelf set up :/

My sump is two plastic tubs. One contains filter media (currently sponges, carbon, cut up straws and tomorrow gravel.) The other will hold the heater and pond pump. They'll be connected by a bulkhead.

I need to get my bio balls ordered and some more sponges.

The filter tub has two smaller tubs that hang on the sides. The water goes into one (containing filter media) and fills and flows over. The second fills and pours into a container of plants/gravel. Then it travels through the bulkhead, into the second tub and up through the pump.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:18 PM   #43 
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Don't use gravel! Lava rock is a lot better.
Nvm. If your using for plants I ahead!
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:29 PM   #44 
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How do you keep 100 bettas warm during winter?
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:47 PM   #45 
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My fish room is heated to about 85F :)
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How much extra you have to pay for gas or electric cost to keep the room at 85F? I am preparing for winter (Seattle is not bad).
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:01 AM   #47 
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I use a space heater. Plug it in, set to 85F, water stays over 80F.

No significant increase in price because its not the whole house but just the fish room.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #48 
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How much extra you have to pay for gas or electric cost to keep the room at 85F? I am preparing for winter (Seattle is not bad).
I tried having a fish room during the winter and it slapped my money out my hands, normally I pay around $200 ($1600) season with the fish room it jumped up to $310 ($2480) season. I had to sell most of my exotic fish and all my dream bettas and equipment to get back on track
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:55 PM   #49 
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Anything new with the barracks system, MrV?
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