The third installment of my fish room series talks about the basics of electricity when setting up a room. There are two basic concepts to consider. First, make sure that there is enough capacity in the room to meet projected needs. Second, take steps to reduce the energy consumption of the room. Electricity is the most expensive consumable in a fish room. I know more than a few people who have been caught by surprise by a higher-than-expected electricity bill after turning on a new rack of tanks. As with anything, there is a way to go cheap and a way to go expensive. When it comes to electricity, however, paying up front for more energy-efficient equipment (air pumps, space heaters, appliances and especially lights) will earn their money back in energy savings.
The topic of this second installment of Ted’s Fishroom is controlling temperature and humidity. Temperature is well understood, but humidity is something that many first-time fish room builders do not consider. Humidity is the factor in a fish room that will most negatively affect your home and health.
Please remember that these videos are not intended to be a complete guide to building a fish room. They would need to be much longer to do that. My hope is that by watching these videos you will be introduced to the major considerations you need to think about when building a fish room, and then go out and find some other resources to fill in the details. There are a lot of people on the web documenting their fish room. Some of the best places to start looking are on the many web forums where you can ask questions and get feedback from a lot of different sources.