My fish Room.
Or, as my wife likes to call it, my money flushing room.
Like a lot of fish rooms mine started a little here and a little there,
this tank and then that tank, then a few more tanks until it reached the
point of no return.
I have my fish room setup in a 25 X 26 foot triple car garage or at
least when we had this house built it was intended to be a car garage. As
it has worked out it has never been used for that purpose.
Within this space I have over 250 tanks of assorted sizes and
placement. The fish room has been remodeled so many times I have lost
count, each time to make better use of the available space for more tanks
Until recently I only had twenty five spawning pairs of discus, all
maintained in individual twenty gallon tanks and each had it's own
separate filtering system. About six years ago the space was once again
remodeled and additional breeder tanks were added until I reached a total
of 56 spawning pairs of discus.
Then in 1995 I suffered a heart attack and the fish room was slowly
closed down and all the breeding pairs sold. However, I retained the
equipment in place with the hopes of being able to start up again when I
had recovered from the problem.
Well, it was not until the Spring of this year, 1999, that I felt
strong enough to start the hatchery once again. I now have expanded the
original fish room by adding two out buildings so that I will now be able
to operate up to 600 tanks. All devoted to discus and a few special
angelfish in a angel project I am interested in.
I installed forced air gas heating, overhead tube lighting, and have
built in six complete central drip filter systems on all the grow out
tanks. I have also put about half the breeder tanks on a central drip
though system just to experiment with that method of filtering the
I have six hundred gallons of replacement water in storage barrels that
are also connected to an automatic refill system and are heated with a
heat exchanger ( Home made ) that carry's the water over the forced air
heater and back to the storage barrels at a slow flow rate via a small
Of course, work is still going on to build up the two new out buildings
and to restock my breeding pairs.
When in full operation I expect to be able to produce up to Ten
thousand discus every 60 days. ( 90 days ) from hatching to selling size
at 2 1/4 inch.
Jim E. Quarles