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Old 02-20-2007, 07:56 AM   #31 (permalink)
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What kind of basement do you have? If you have the Cinderblock walls, you may have issues. I've known a few people who end up with a lot of moisture on the walls... However, if you have a basement that is of the typical concrete style house (not sure if building is that much different in Canada), you should be alright.

At one time I had ~60 tanks in my basement and had a ton of evaporation. I never had anything on my walls and very little on the windows. I did add a 4' ventilation booster to our dryer as we believed that the exhaust piping was too long and hindered the dryer (we found later the drying to be dying). So when we got a new one, I routed the dryer vent out the other side of the basement and now I just leave the other blower blowing out. I usually keep one of the basement windows cracked about 1/2" so that way there is more airflow.

Either way, just tell the girlfriend that fish are HER friends.. you could be out drinking Labatts with your buddies every night looking at girls at the bars... or you could be in the BASEMENT with the aquariums.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:22 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I probably could squeeze one more 20H on top, and I may eventually do that, its just not in the buget right now.
I believe you are in the Columbus area. When your budget allocation gets larger for aquarium stuff, and when you're on South High Street sometime, check out Jeff's Pet Center, not very far from the I-270 intersection. He deals with used equipment, tanks, etc. We bought our 100 gallon there for $60 (older style, thick glass, not perfect but not cracked, either), a nice iron stand for a 55 gallon for $30, and other good buys also.

It's worth checking from time to time.

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I believe you are in the Columbus area. When your budget allocation gets larger for aquarium stuff, and when you're on South High Street sometime, check out Jeff's Pet Center, not very far from the I-270 intersection. He deals with used equipment, tanks, etc. We bought our 100 gallon there for $60 (older style, thick glass, not perfect but not cracked, either), a nice iron stand for a 55 gallon for $30, and other good buys also.

It's worth checking from time to time.

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Thanks for the tip I'll defiantely check them out, I can't beleive I've never heard of them before.
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Thanks for the tip I'll defiantely check them out, I can't beleive I've never heard of them before.
It's a very small place. He does sell some fish, and though the inside of the shop is not real pretty to look at (neither is the outside ), the tanks look healthy, unlike many pet stores' tanks. And they have other pets as well. Some reptiles (I think it's his niche), rats, a bird or two, maybe some kittens, but mostly fish and some equipment. I've even seen small discus in there. Not a large selection of fish, but worth looking at. (Not a Jack's, but the prices aren't, either!) Nothing in there will cost you top dollar. He had a sale on 55 gallon glass tops (Versa Top or a similar brand) and I think they sold for just over $25. Usually they cost more, even there. I hit it at the right time but now I wished I had bought more than one!

Some days there won't be much used equipment in there, and other times he has too much. Don't go there to sell him used equipment--he buys really cheap--but he doesn't sell for much, so it's a good place to buy used stuff from. He might also have filters and such but I never asked or looked. I've seen some people bring power filters in to sell him but I didn't notice if he bought them or not.

His food prices, like frozen brine shrimp, are much less costly than the typical shops but are the same brands.

The dad, who used to own the shop and seems to be there to help out, will talk your ear off but he can build a pretty nice tank stand for you if you want one or have an odd sized tank. He's good for some stories. I don't know if they are true or not--I'd suspect not--but they're entertaining.
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The fixtures are $8 two bulb, electronic ballast Shoplights from Home Depot. Each light has two 6500K Phillips lamps (T-8 lamps) in it so I'm getting 64W of light spread over two 10g tanks. I haven't had this setup long enough to gauge the intensity of the lamps over the tanks. I'm afraic it may be too much but I can always remove a bulb from each light and see how it does. The chans definately give me some flexibility in the setup.
I had to remove one bulb from my shoplights in my rack. Low light plants still grow fine.
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Matt are you having problems with moisture in your basement since you have introduced the tanks? I want a rack of tanks and my girlfriend is concerned with moisture build up, so she wants it in the garage. Since i live in Canada it would be a pretty expensive construction project to properly convert a garage bay into a fish room. I am thinking about it, but it would be much cheaper to keep the rack in the house.
I have humidity problems is the room I have my inverts rack. You can use a dehumidifier and it will solve the problem.
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