NOTE: Since this page was
published, more changes have taken place. The hatchery has been moved to
another location while I moved myself and a simpler version of my fishroom
to a house in West Hills. I promised Mr.181 (who now lives with me) that I
wouldn't let the bettas take over the new house (this time LOL), so I
figured it was best to reorganize myself, and to simplify, simplify,
simplify. Please see "my fishroom" to see photos of my current simplified set-up.
Sorry, photos of the current hatchery are not available. Meanwhile, feel
free to visit the previous hatchery set-up as photographed below.
My fishroom has been a constant work in progress over the last 4 years. It has had many lay outs and "looks" over
time but now I have finally completed it to my liking. I kept adding
tanks, and more tanks and more tanks until I had no more room, none whatsoever,
ziltch, NADA. Still I was wondering how I could manage to squeeze in a few more?
Well, now it is officially over because being unable to bend the laws of
physics, I have to reluctantly accept the fact that THAT'S IT; there is,
indeed, for sure, very very very very sure, NO MORE ROOM. (huh, what part of NO
did I not understand?). I have finally taken photos of it and can now share the
final version of it with you guys. To see a larger version of any photo,
click on it. Some don't get much bigger but some really do!
My initial system!! This 8
feet long one foot deep acrylic tank had 48 compartments with flow through
system and an outside canister filter. Water flows from one side, through
all 48 compartments and exits from the other end. Young males of all
colors were displayed here :)). From left to right:
A view from the top, young males socializing, and right, a shot of the
system from the side.
Currently the system has been retired because I decided to make my own
version of the system, one that would be more flexible in the sense that
it would allow me to either have compartments with males, or have an open
tank for females or juveniles. This is working better for my (demanding)
needs, but one day when I get a bigger fishroom I will resurrect the
system, which is currently sleeping away on the bottom shelve of my
Here is a view of the Top
two shelves of my gorilla rack: on top, my new system, consisting of
several separate tanks with removable compartments and below it, on the
middle shelf, my fry tanks. (12 of the 14 I have)
More tanks have popped
up just about everywhere. Good thing I am skinny :) there is little
room left to move around! No, they are not crooked, I was when I
took the photos (cause there's no room to back up and fit the whole
thing in the frame LOL). So I had to be a bit creative with my
angles :). Left above: a bunch more fry tanks. Right: grow out tanks
for smaller spawns. I use strong metal shelving that can support
Remember that each gallon of water
= 8 Lbs. It adds up quick!
All wood shelves
have been treated against mold and moisture. Otherwise
they go bad on you. Keeping your tanks covered will help
reduce the amount of humidity in your fishroom and
the occurrence of mold growth.
Please do not
email me with questions about the system or fishroom, because I will
not have the time to reply and your email will simply be
Thank you for your consideration.
Well, I try avoiding jars as much
as possible, but I usually have at least about 100 of them at any
given time. That number can grow dramatically and I always have a
large reserve of clean 1/4, 1/2 and full gallon ready to go. I use
plastic jars that are square, allowing better viewing of the bettas
and better usage of the precious shelf space. All my shelves are
white and my fishroom is kept very clean.
Thanks God now a day I no
longer have to do my jar cleaning myself. I actually have an assistant who
comes and does it for me hehehehehehe. Life is good. Worry not, I am still
a slave because with that many tanks there is ALWAYS more
cleaning/maintenance to do.
Above, towards the left, you can see
some of the spawning tanks I now use. Fries will need to be transferred at
day 4 with such a set-up, which I do not recommend for beginners. You guys
are best spawning in the traditional 10 gal tanks.
In a fishroom, there is
always a certain amount of mess, because you need a million things at hand
at all time. Cups, fishnets, medication, chemicals, and many other strange
tools and contraptions you collect over the years, some good, some
completely useless LOL. They all sit there and look at you (and you at
them) daily. I have the great habit of putting things back in their place
so I know where to find what and also my fishroom looks less messy that
way. I have storage bins under my betta packing table with lots of
drawers. In there go all I need for my shipping tasks and other betta
related tasks. Food is stored in another cabinet. Hoses yet in another
one. Spare parts in another, and etc... ;). Being anal retentive is
actually a great asset when it comes to bettas. I use no less than 60
fishnets at any time. I never use the same net twice. This way I prevent
the spread of diseases from one betta to the other, or worst, from one
tank to the next. Fishnets are sterilized every time they are used. Hands
are washed with antibacterial soap every time they handle any sick, sickly
or 'suspected might possibly and just in case it is' sick betta. When it
comes to my bettas health, I am not kidding around.
Below - right: brine shrimp are hatched 24 hrs a day, seven day a week in a
cool food bin purchased with its cover at Smart and Final :)). Works
NOW PLEASE FOLLOW ME OUT OF THE FISHROOM AND INTO THE REST OF THE
Itís a betta invasion!!! HELPPPPPP!! :)). They are everywhere! In my living room, my dining room,
even my kitchen!!! OK, so I did retire the kitchen 10 gal tank last year
LOL, but I compensated this offence by upgrading the 3 X20 gal tanks
(below right) to a 60 gal tank and 2X30 gal tanks. I'll have to snap a new
photo one of these days :).
From left to right above:
My living roomís 60 gal grow out tank, my dining room 50 gal tank and
my previous three 20 gal tanks. Now a day all my tanks are bare with plastic plants, for easy maintenance.
I am happy to report that since I became the proud owner of a python
system, cleaning all these large tanks has been piece of cake (well,
almost!! :)) ).
Under my kitchen sink is a monster water filtering system that can
produce both R/O water and regular water and even mix them together
to any degree I please. Water coming out has no traces of any harmful
chemicals, so I no longer use dechlorinators etc... Water is also
sterilized with the help of a UV sterilizer and then routed from the
kitchen all the way to the other end of the house to the fishroom where it
is stored in a 50 gal storing tank. An automatic shutoff system prevents
any flooding of my fishroom while filling my tank. Now when the tank is
full, the water flow stops hehehehehe. Water is then heated with 3 heaters
until it reaches a well monitored temperature comparable to my jars and
tanks. Then when I need water I turn on a switch which starts a special
pumps which pumps water out of the storage tank and routes it wherever I
please. There is a long hose on that baby! :) I can go back all the way to
the kitchen. When we do jars, we use the adjacent bathroom and have the
hose fill a bucket there for easy filling of the jars. It works GREAT :).
Well, I am sure many breeders have much more elaborate set-ups, but
this one works well for me. I am after all, just a hobbyist. For those of
you just starting, give yourself some time and know that my set-up did not
happen overnight. It took about 3 years to fully develop. I remember days
when all I had was two small tanks on top of a TV stand. So as you see,
the longest journey starts with a first step. Setting up a fishroom is a
very expensive and work extensive process, hence it is often necessary to
do it gradually. Also as your bettabilities grow, so will your fishroom.
Just remember to keep it under control (or at least gracefully
"look" like you are trying to LOL).
Well, thatís about it for my humble set-up, I hope you enjoyed your
tour of my fishroom, home and bettas homes. (My friend was telling me other
day: ď Well, those bettas sure are nice to allow you to live in their
What can I say folks, I am a very very sick person :)) a full blown
Somebody call a doctor!! Quick!!!