Daily fish room maintenance routine

by Owen James

Practical Fishkeeping has posted an interesting article about fish breeder John Rundle’s fish room maintenance routine.

John keeps 22 tanks, and dedicates most of Sunday to keeping his tanks ticking over:

The room consists of 22 tanks, plus additional containers that hold killifish eggs or fry and live food cultures.

The tanks set on wooden racking attached to the wall range from 90 x 30 x 30cm/36” x 12” x 12 “; 60 x 30 x 30cm/24” x 12” x 12” to 30 x 20 x 20cm/12” x 8” x 8”. At any time there could be up to 12 plastic tubs holding killifish fry and about another 12 holding killifish eggs.

Resting on the glass covers of the top row of tanks are live food cultures of microworm and Grindalworm and two bottles that contain my hatching brine shrimp.

In the tanks there are adult breeding stock and young fish that could go down in size to minute just free swimming fry.

John’s schedule is very organized. It even drills down to little pre-prepared reminders he leaves himself when he changes the water in tanks and so on, so he doesn’t get confused by all the tanks he’s cleaning.

If like me you dream of having a dedicated fish room, the work he describes might make you think twice!

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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