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Congrats to Barry, fish room ideas, etc.
I've been off the list for a few weeks--busy with Christmas shopping,
etc. Now that the holiday is almost here I finally have time to plough
through all the good info on the list.
First: Belated Congratulations to Barry! As has been said, you probably
know more about US government and civics that many of us "native borns."
And, thank you for all the time and *&%^*% you spend on the list. It's
an invaluable resource for me, and it's making me a better hobbyist.
Second: I am also in the process of constructing a fish room (been at it
off and on for two years--things go slowly when you work, have a kid,
and have lots of hobbies)--I hope to "christen" it when I host the March
GCKA meeting. Some thoughts: 1) planning is everything. I've lost track
of the number of sketches I made on graph paper and the number of trips
I took to price materials before I measured the first board. 2) Tanks in
racks with 4' shop lights are the cheapest way I have found to go. 3)
run at least 2 20 Amp circuits into the room AND make sure you have
either GFCI's at the outlets or at the breaker. Costs more, yes, but
water and electricity can be dangerous. Why take the chance. 4) My racks
will be set up so I can have 10 gal tanks with the narrow side
out--saves linear space--I can cram more tanks inot the same wall area.
5) know what kind of fish/setups you want to use and build for that--I
want to use mostly natural setups, so most of my racks are sized to hold
a standard 10 gal. I also have some shelves that will have larger
display tanks, etc. 6) Install vapor barriers--I use 4 mm plastic over
kraft faced fiberglass and I will paint or seal all paneling or drywall
that goes over it. 7) buy on sale when you can--since this project has
been ongoing for so long, I have been able to buy things at great sale
proces and stockpile them for later in the project. 8) Last point: no
matter what size you build, it will always be too small. My room will be
roughly 8x13 when done, and I'm already thinking that I should have made
it at least twice that big.
Third and final: to all killiefolk out there: may you know peace, love,
comfort, and joy this holiday season. May Santa slip a bag of rare fish
that you've been dieing to get into your holiday stocking (smile).
schmidtcarney at ecr_net
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