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OzShrimp

Just wondering if anyone has their setup in a shed? Like im talking colorbond or whatever. If so what have u done to insulate from the heat and cold to save money and allow ur shrimp to live happily?

 

I just want to know if it can be done without costing a fortune as i been looking at houses for sale and a few have sheds.

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northboy

I have done in the past and will be doing a shed soon.

There is lots of options for insulation, pink bats, poly boxes cut up and put in the walls any thing to hold the still air barrier, I even built a free standing one using poly tunnel plastic in 3 layers, used a gas heater in winter, worked a treat and raised 1000s of fish in it and plants with free light.

 

So long as you have the still air barriers it AOK and if you can do a couple even better, for where you are Pink bats, hunt the auctions for pink bats and blue board, a must is use blue board on the inner as its water proof, do you pluming and electrics before you start as its easier and neater.

Got to go to work

 

Bob

 

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NoGi

I've got a 3 x 3 stratco like this:

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Would be interested in knowing as well. I don't think insulation will be an option and the only power will be off-peak or a solar powered pump. I'm more worried about dragonfly larvae to be honest. That and the fact the shed is also used for the mower, petrol and other chemicals.

 

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Grubs

IMO spend money on insulation, or spent money on electricity to heat/cool the room.  I spent a lot more than I thought I would insulating mine (rockwool, silver foil, thermal break, air gaps, sealing tape, villaboard etc)...  but now when its 42C outside my tanks are a cosy 27 max without additional cooling (fine for native shrimp).  In winter (melbourne) it can get to -5 where I live - tank room hasnt been below 21 with heaters in 1/3 of the tanks.  Insulation is one of those things that can be done on the cheap (2nd hand batts or ebay rejects) and IMO you can never have too much.

For mine I get MASSIVE cost savings using a solar hot water heater controller ($100) to turn on a 20W exhaust fan that sucks in hot air from a glasshouse to heat the room. When the glasshouse is hotter than the tank room the fan comes on to suck in warm air until it hits the set temperature.  If I didn't have the glasshouse already I'd be building a solar air heater (many plans on the net).  Lots of insulation traps the heat overnight so the room may get to 27, and very rarely cool to 22.  Water in the tanks varies less (24-25C).

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northboy

As Grubs said DONT skimp on insulation, it will cost you in the long run.

 

How ever I have seen it done very well with poly from fish and veg shipping boxes, cut the boxes up and you can usually get 3 or 4 layers in the walls and it works just as good as the bought ones, it is all about trapping the air layers, so gap seal, gap seal and gap seal again, so no drafts get in = well insulated room and windows? put 2 windows in, its the same as double glaze and cheaper. There are ways around every thing for little cash out lay. I have learnt from building many fish rooms and shop set ups.

BUT there is always a better way, How do you like that contradiction ???

Brag time sorry, I don't need to use much up here just enough to keep it even through out the year, no heaters and air con for 4 or 5 weeks, I had to as every one thinks its hot all the time up here NOT SO, today max 28 tonight 19c, house doors open and nice.

 

Bob

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fishmosy

Ah Bob, stop trying to make us jealous. we already are!

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GotCrabs

I've got a 3 x 3 stratco like this:

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That isn't a Shrimp shed, that's a Meth Shed!

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fishmosy

That isn't a Shrimp shed, that's a Meth Shed!

Oh, so that's where shrimp crack is made.

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Grubs

Bubble wrap over windows works well.  I have 3 layers on mine.  Nice diffuse lighting, no condensation, and keeps the warm air in.

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OzShrimp

Okay so its highly possible then to successfully adapt a shed into a shrimp room per se.

I would think probably something like nogi posted if there is nothing at all otherwise modify whats existing.

 

Its not the initial outlay that concerns me to much provided that i can minimise any cooling or heating requirements to save on bills there

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Cryptocorynus

I know this is a super old topic, but I have heard that rather than outlaying so much for a shed, a fish room can be built cheaply using cool room panels. Someone I know built their entire fish room - really well, might I add - out of these used panels, and only spent about $2000 on the entire building. 

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