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Squiggle

I just thought I'd start this thread about the new rack I'm going to build, it will be two 5x1.5x1.5 tanks divided into five 1ft sections with a 5x1.5x1.5 sump. As some of you may know I had to move house this weekend & I spent all of today moving the tanks & Bettas. All went well, only three fish didn't make it :( but three out of a few hundred isn't a bad percentage, all the shrimp made it so I'm stoked. Anyway, here's a pic of my new fish room, it's a 10m x 3m tiled room with air conditioning, YEEHAA!!! This is a few hours ago & now all the existing tanks are setup & a new rack for the Bettas, the new shrimp tanks will be setup across the back wall & the lounge & tele will be setup where I'm standing, all I need is a bed & I'll be right, lol :smiley_simmons:

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ineke

Looking good Squiggle what's this about a lounge and a telly? That's not allowed in a shrimp room! :encouragement:

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Squiggle

Lol, they are in mine & I'll have a beer fridge as well, I never called it a shrimp room, I called it a fish room & they are allowed in a fish room, hahaha :smiley_simmons: I know, I know, it's just a technicality :encouragement:

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CNgo2006

Lucky bugger! Look at all that space for tanks! Wish I was that lucky...Keep us posted! Would love to see the finished shrimp setup.

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Squiggle

I definitely will be Chi & yeah there's heaps of room, this will be the progress thread & first on the list is pallet racking, then pick up the tanks & sump, YAY! :victorious:

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MrShrimp

Tele, lounge, bed, why don't you add a toilet so you'll never have to leave the room :)

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Squiggle

Hmmmmm, that sounds like a good idea, lol. Actually, if I add a microwave too that would be it, no need for the rest of the house, hahaha :smiley_simmons:

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torface

This is amazeballs!

I like the look of the wheelie chair... you don't even need to get up, you can just wheel everywhere on that tile floor :P

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MrShrimp

Yes torface but it has to be an electric wheel chair.lol we are so bad

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Squiggle

Yeah that's my favourite little stool, perfect for the fish/shrimp room :encouragement:

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OzShrimp
Tele' date=' lounge, bed, why don't you add a toilet so you'll never have to leave the room :)[/quote']

Meh just turn the toilet into a recliner then you be laughin. do you have a room mate or whole place to yourself?

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torface
Yes torface but it has to be an electric wheel chair.lol we are so bad

How about a Segway :P

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Garnelchen

Wow! That is a big improvement from the garage. Now you can go REALLY wild! :triumphant:

I'm looking forward to more pictures.

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durro68

Nice mate! Thats gonna be a sweet setup!

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Squiggle
Yes torface but it has to be an electric wheel chair.lol we are so bad

Awesome idea, I'll have to look into that, a good idea is a good idea, lol :victorious:

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Squiggle
Meh just turn the toilet into a recliner then you be laughin. do you have a room mate or whole place to yourself?

Lol, too funny dude :congratulatory: Yeah I have the whole three bedroom house to myself, that room is part of the garage, the garage is a 12m x 10m & this is 1/3 of the garage, so I have twice as much room in the rest of the garage, talk about an awesome score :victorious:

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KillieOrCory

Looking great! Keep the updates coming.

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Squiggle
How about a Segway :P

Hmmmmm, another brilliant idea :encouragement: Keep em coming :victorious:

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JohnH

Ohhh Me like racks :cool-new:

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ineke

Will you ever find time to sleep Squiggle???? why not rent the house out more money for RACKS. Glad to see your enthusiasm for your shrimp house through trying times- yes shrimp house -how many tanks will you put in the house? LOL enjoy your new found freedom:victorious:

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Squiggle

Well I have 15 at the moment & the new rack will add 10 more, YAY!! :victorious:

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ineke

You will be competing with Dean soon!!!! How many are devoted to shrimp versus fish? Are you still keeping on with the bettas and showing them ?

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Garnelchen

Talking about showing....Where are more pictures?

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BlueBolts

Wowed Squiggle...looking amazing, and the possibilities are mind boggling. Please do keep us posted, and lots of pics. Absolutely fantastic....congrats mate !

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al4n

i see lots of potential..

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