|Welcome to my
new fishroom! Since I now have been around the block quite a few times,
have been doing this for quite a few years
AND am supposed to have learned from my mistakes ;), I have in deed
succeeded in putting together the simplest, most efficient, easiest to keep, most enjoyable to look at fishroom TO DATE. (Note: I have
my fully satisfied look on).
Perhaps you had imagined
something real complicated, well imagine again. I am done with airline
jungles, noisy air pumps everywhere and mess. This time around I came to a
clean slate, BLANK page and so I figured, when I moved in the house last
March, that there was my chance to fix everything that was wrong with my
previous setup, once and for all. And so I did. Please step into my new
fishroom and let me show you around:
Everything you need, but NOTHING you don't is the secret
of a well designed fishroom.
From left to right: Gorilla rack with holding tanks,
clean jar and storage. 3 long rows of jars on shelves screwed in
the back wall. Shipping station where I pack your bettas, complete with
cultures, shipping bags, etc... stored in drawers under the table.
Note: Since these photos were taken, I
actually added three more holding tanks under the first three, and two
more 40 gal tanks near the window. Which goes to show that one is just never
A Bettamax stain proof :) carpet has been laid on the vinyl
floor so I can do my fishie chores bare foot if I please to. My last
fishroom was fully carpeted but that turned out badly, especially after I flooded
it no less than 6 times, and the carpet started growing mildew :(...
Sucking 300 gal of water out of a carpet sucks. This vinyl floor is water
proof (so Faith proof LOL), and the carpet is easy to pull out and can be
left to dry outside when I mess up (and I often do *blush*).
Against the back wall, under the rows of jars, are
my two water storage 50 gal acrylic tanks. Each has a filter to keep water
moving and sparkling clean. A pump will route that clean water anywhere in
the fishroom for easy water changes, or jar cleaning chores. A
"bouquet" of heaters (about 10 of them) promptly heats up any of
the tanks and brings water temps up to compatible levels before jar water
The blinds on the wall's large window are kept
religiously shut AT ALL TIMES. Still I get fast algae growth in my jars,
because a lot of light still comes in. And I have to bleach them monthly.
Under the window, my internet access station #3 with my laptop, printer
and other toys designed to make my life simpler and allow me to update
this site more often. This is where I enter new lots on the stock
Holding tanks for spawns with large power filters, cool
lighting and custom built betta bungalows. Large plastic plants provide
cover for bettas, and are kept bundled together with plant weight.
Close up of my betta
bungalow. Removable partition allow to have larger cubicles when
less bettas are held. The bungalow itself can be lowered to match
water level during tank cleaning procedure, (a nice feature I
recently added). Water flows through at all time, so the bettas
inside the bungalows have the same water quality as the rest of the
fish in the tank. females swim up to visit with the boys, usually
causing quite a ruckus ;). Some of them can be quite flirtatious!
One never has enough fish nets!! I change mine every two
minutes when I do water changes, to prevent possible diseases from
spreading. The above photo shows you only HALF of my fishnets.
Dido for jars. Gotta have jars! Lotsa Jars! Mucho much
more mucho jars. These have just been sanitized and can't wait to go for
another round (or should I say "square'? LOL)
Well, I hope
you enjoyed your visit of my new fishroom.
More holding tanks were not
pictured above, but that is because they are large tanks that I keep in
the den/living room area, and which are used for both holding spawns and
Who said you can't have the
best of both worlds??
On your way out, please
make sure to visit my stock page and
see what is currently swimming in that clean, organized, cute new fishroom
of mine. And now, when you order bettas from me, you can visually imagine
me picking their jars up from the shelves, sitting at the table, packing
them, etc... :). What you will not be able to visualize, however, is the
color of the obnoxious striped toe socks I usually wear when I pack bettas
early in the morning (hehehehehehe) (and if only I was
kidding!) But I guess, one has to leave something to imagination ;).