hi i am new on here i am going to build a fish house in my outhouse i am starting with 8 tanks in two rows of 4 they are 173/4x16x15 but it is very cold in there will i need to insulate it all help will be welcome many thanks
Yep, you'll need loads of insulation but also air conditioning if you're going to be doing it properly, although it really depends on the volume of water you're heating and to what temperature. You can also have issues with condensation depending on what fish you want to keep. There's a fine art to it so I've heard, never done it myself though. I saw a good article once, I'll see if I can find it...
Hello there and welcome to FK Sounds like quite an enterprise! What sort of cichlids will you be keeping? I can't be any practical help on the building front I'm afraid but I do like being nosey about other people's fish
A couple of our members have fish rooms, not sure how they compare to your plans but they might be some help. Check out Jasoncambs and Jaguar HTH.
As Electrogear has mentioned you will require a nice thick layer of insulation. You will require 50mm 8 x 4 polystyrene sheets, and rockwall insulator. to a thickness of 8inches or more. This will need to be put under the floor, in the walls and in the roof. If you do not your electric bill is going to be horrendous and the temperature will fluctuate so much with the temperature levels outside getting in. If you are keeping that many tanks it would be easier to invest in a pond filter and plumb it in using 25mm pipework and run all your tanks of the one system. Doing this helps to equalise the water quality across the board, but you will require a hospital and quarantine tank as all tanks will be susceptible to the same ailments carried around the system by the filter. Having a single filter is cheaper and easier than having numerous filters and having to find space for them. By law you will also require a fuse box in the fishroom separate from your house to run your electrics through, so whilst doing this fit as many electric points as you can up near the ceiling. It would be worth getting somebody from your LFS that specialises in fish to look at your outhouse and maybe design and price what you would need.
If your budget will stretch go for foamglass insulation its about twice the price of regular insulation board but is 100% impervious to water saturation (will not let water through) and rated from -100degC to 450degC and still is able to be touched with teh extreems of temperature on the other side. to be purchased from shefield insulations well worth the initial expenditure and will last a hell of a lot longer that glass fiber loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. it comes as wall board, floor board and roof board. just my 2p worth about cladding your out house.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.