Friday, September 01, 2006

My latest guppy rack setup: Centralized Systems




This is the 2 latest systems that I have built. They are both running on a centralized shared water concept. Now I have about 120 X 2 feet tanks in my house! Many people asked me the question, if one tank is hit with an outbreak, will my entire rack be affected? The answer is no.

The reason being is that my sump tank is designed to take the load of 2 tanks of 6ft X 2.5ft X 2.5ft community tank for Arowanas or monster fishes. The other reason is that I use a UV light for the water treatment after it goes into the reservoir and before it gets back into the first tier tanks. Just imagine that per tank takes 10 minutes of your time in washing them (I would consider that as a very fast pace), from the racks, I have 38 X 2 X 10 mins = 760 mins or 12 hours and 40 mins! More than ½ a day without resting every week!

In the manual individual tank process of water change and with a setup of 76 tanks (considering my 2 racks only), if you do not commit the minimum of 12 hrs and 40 mins diligently every week to your water change process, your fishes will suffer and die to and eventually lead to giving up of the hobby. Even you have the time every week, you will not be able to take holidays or short trips or spend time with your friends and family members or work. This will lead you to be a salve to your hobby! After some time any fish lover will give up due to the effort and other more important commitments in life.

With this system, I take 15 mins to wash the prefilter (the 2nd picture) and 1 hour to change and top up water for 1 rack. Within that 1 hr, I still can watch TV or do other things. For 2 racks, effectively, I spend about 30 mins that I am required to take out the prefilter for cleaning only vs 12 hrs and 40 mins. As for the health, growth and the performance of my guppies, you can find them in my next blog: http://fancyguppy.blogspot.com/ to see the fishes I bred.

I will publish my effort step by step for this setup in the next update. Stay tuned.
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