Select Aquatics of Erie, CO
                                                                              The Fishroom

Select Aquatics is a fishroom of approximately 120 tanks. There are 4 of us here- myself, my wife- Laura Sage, Mackenzie
and Ben who take care of the room during my absences and come in occasionally to help out. We sell fish online, to local
fish store retailers and until last year, at fish events.

All tanks are bare bottom with aeration driven old-style box filters and floating or potted plants. The water is changed
15% daily with an automatic system that uses a gravity type draining process, using an external PVC loop on each tank.

There are roughly 30 species / lines here. You will notice colored labels on each tank that document the tank number, the
water change zone number (the room is on 6 water change zones), the species in the tank, and the date of the last box filter
change- the floss in the filters is changed monthly. A 45 gallon sump was installed on one group of racks of 25 tanks for
those tanks growing out young plecos to keep ahead of the mulm produced from the heavy feedings of green beans.
17 mounted canister filters are also used on pleco tanks with micron filters- these are changed daily to provide the best quality
water for the grow out and pleco breeding pairs. If you are ever in the Denver area, and would like a tour of the room, or  
would like to stop by and pick up fish, please let me know, and we can set up a time.

If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact me at The majority of the
tanks were fitted with tops made of a thermal twin wall polycarbonate material to both hold down on evaporation and improve 
temperature consistency of the tanks, particularly during the wintertime. As well, 10 inch hydroponics fans now keep the 
humidity in the room at a constant 33% in the winter, 55-65% in the summer.

In the last year, all but 4 of the metal racks were replaced with sturdier, heavy duty wooden ones. The instructions for
building this style of especially simple and sturdy rack, a style that can be made relatively easily with a hand saw and drill,
is outlined more thoroughly in Fishkeeping Tips #14, Building Tank Stands.

As well, nearly 20 electrical lines were installed with an addition of 132 new electrical outlets installed in 9 stations
throughout the room. Now, wherever you are in the room, a choice of an electrical plug that is on timer, or that will run 24/7
is always available nearby. A master panel was then installed allowing each of the timered electrical lines to be adjusted and
monitored individually. Because of this, we were able to remove the majority of the extension cords, and all of the power strips
(with the exception of alcove 1- where the old system was left in place), were removed for improved safety.

Soon a video conferencing option is being offered, so that customers can email and set up a time to discuss the fish they
may be considering, and can see the actual tank of the fish they are thinking of - how they are being kept, etc., to help set up the
tank they will be going into, as well as to discuss problems that may have occurred and how best to address them. Keep an eye on
the lower right panel at the Homepage (Currently blank) for when that becomes available. Initially it will be offered at no cost,
to get the system up and working properly. I look forward to meeting many of you!

Greg Sage




          The fishroom is constantly changing, and as of these photos (August, 2015)
          we are in the midst of an Odessa barb breeding cycle, and 4 30s and a 40
          breeder currently house 1400 Odessa barbs. You will notice a hose in top
          left pic - It has become necessary for quick water changes or clearing up
          a cloudy tank (in addition to the automatic system 15% daily water change).
          The automatic drain system then maintains the water levels in the tanks.


In an effort to give some sense of how species are kept here to keep their numbers up, and maintain a large number
of fairly heavily stocked tanks, I have identified the majority of the tanks in the pics as to what they are. This key shows
where each species is bred and grown out. Some species require many tanks to produce relatively low numbers, while
some will overpoulate, leading to overcrowding issues. All young are raised separately with most species.
The tanks that are unmarked are generally empty, or contain a species I am just getting started for the future.
Click on blue linked Species name for videos.

1- Alfaro cultratus, breeders                                                          32- Puntius Padamya, "Odessa" new fry grow out
2- Alfaro cultratus, grow out                                                          33- Skiffia "Black Beauty", Breeders
3- Ameca splendens, Breeders                                                    34- Skiffia Black Beauty, Grow out
4- Ameca splendens, grow out                                                     35- Skiffia multipunctata, Isle de Zamora
5- Blue Hondurans, Breeders (Not yet for sale)                           36- Synodontis lucipinnis, Breeders
6- Blue Hondurans, Grow out  (Not yet for sale)                          37- Synodontis lucipinnis, Grow out
7- Skiffia Black Beauty, Fry                                                           38- Synodontis petricola, Breeders
8- Skiffia Black Beauty, grow out                                                  39- Xenotoca eiseni, San Marcos, Breeders
9- Characodon lateralis, Los Berros, all Red, Breeders              40- Xenotoca eiseni, San Marcos Grow out
10- Characodon lateralis, Los Berros, all Red, Grow out            41- Xenotoca eiseni, Rio Tamazula
11- C. lateralis, New population (NFS) Breeders                         42- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Fry grow out
12- C. lateralis New population (NFS), Grow out                         43- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Breeders
13- Ilyodon furcidens, Breeders                                                    44- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Albino, Breeders
14- Ilyodon furcidens, young grow out                                          45- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Albino Grow Out
15- Ilyodon furcidens, young sexed fish for sale                           46- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Gold Breeders
16- Jenynsia lineata, Breeders                                                      47- Xiphophorus alvarezi, Gold fry
17- Jenynsia lineata, Grow out                                                      48- Xiphophorus birchmanni (Not yet for Sale)
18- Limia Tiger                                                                               49- Xiphophorus helleri, Rio Otapa, Breeders
19- Limia nigrofasciata                                                                  50- Xiphophorus helleri, grow out
20- Limia perugia, Boca de cachon (Not yet for sale)                  51- Xiphophorus mayae Breeders
21- Limia perugia, Los Marias  (Not yet for sale)                         52- Xiphophorus mayae grow out
22- Plecostomus Green Dragon, Breeders                                  53- Xiphophorus mayae, hi-fin
23- Plecostomus Green Dragon, Albino                                       54- Xiphophorus montezumae, Breeders
24- Plecostomus Geen Dragon, Albino, grow out                        55- Xiphophorus montezumae, grow out
25- Plecostomus Green Dragon, short fin                                    56- Xiphophorus montezumae, B line
26- Plecostomus Green Dragon Longfin grow out, 2.5 inches    57- Zoogoneticus tequila, Breeders
27- Plecostomus Green Dragon, Sexed fish                                58- Zoogoneticus tequila, grow out
28- Poecilia velifera, Breeders                                                      59- Brine Shrimp Hatcher
29- Poecilia velifera, grow out                                                       60- 1/4 hp blower
30- Puntius padamya "Odessa", Breeder Females                      61- Selection of foods
31- Puntius Padamya "Odessa" Breeder Males


 These racks of tanks get a filtration boost from a 45 gallon sump that runs
24/7, additionally filtering the water to address the large amounts of green
bean waste from tanks of Pleco Green Dragon fry.
This is the fry grow area for Xiph. alvarezi albino, A. cultratus,
X. eiseni SM, Albino plecos, C. lateralis, L. Tiger, and Ameca splendens.
This is the first alcove, and the pic above and to the right is the cooler part 
of the basement, where the goodeids such as C. audax and a recently
discovered poulation of C. lateralis is grown out, as well as the
Skiffia Black Beauties, Ilyodon furcidens, S. multipunctata and
Xenotoca eiseni.


This is the second alcove, where two new populations of Limia
perugia are being bred out, and Z. tequila, A. cultratus, I. furcidens,
Gold alvarezi, and the male Odessa barb breeders are kept.


These top two 75 gallon tanks are where the Pleco Green Dragons are
grown out to be sold as sexed fish. the bottom tanks are the P. velifera
Breeders, and grow out for the Alvarezi Golds and the X. mayae.
This is a shot of the main Odessa breeding tank (Top left), and 2 of
the four 55 gallon tanks where plecos are bred. Soon, a large line
of X. birchmanni will be introduced, bred in tank 48 in this photo. 
This is the Island, and the adult Odessa females, X. montezumae grow
out, new pop. of C. lateralis, and the catfishes (Syn. lucipinnis and
petricola) are being bred. The tank on btm row is sump of crushed
coral to catfish tanks. 
The Jenynsia lineata breeding tanks, more pleco grow out, and
X. mayae. The 40 breeder with the PVC hanging allows for a 
heavily stocked tank of fish - such as the Odessa barbs coming 
up. Manual water changes drain into a 5 gallon bucket, which
then goes to the daphnia tubs, the tank is then refilled with
the hose.
These Odessa fry are 6 weeks old. Soon every bit of free tank space 
will be taken up with Odessa barbs, until they color up and can be sold,
at about 8 months. Other tanks of young Ilyodon furcidens and breeder
pairs of X. birchmanni are also in this section of tanks.
Maintaining consistent water changes is essential, and to have
them done automatically with a timer is the only way to do this
effectively. Rewiring of the room was done this year so that
outlets on a timer (White faced), and outlets on 24/7 (Red faced)
are available anywhere in the room from 9 stations.
The sprinkler controller area. Large controller is main room, small
controller is for alcove 1. Entire room is 6 zones.
                                      The Timer Control board
           It isn't that there is the need to set various timer settings throughout
           the room. The benefit is that now each section of the room can be
           easily disconnected when necessary and problems within the system
           can be found and isolated easily. Being able to alter the settings
           on a specific portion of the room is an added benefit!
                                        Daphnia Tubs
     These do not provide enough Daphnia to feed the room, but those
     species in low numbers, or that require some live food are able to be
     fed regularly throughout the summer and early fall.



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