Here is my future fish/bird room. It's a 100 year old basement beneath our new house. I love carpentry and learning new skills (thanks google/youtube!) so hopefully with enough hard work it will become something awesome. I would share a general floor plan, but it's always changing with new ideas.
Getting started 6/4/17:
My biggest obstacle, which may or may not be visible in the video, is the extremely uneven floor. Due to my fish being in the basement during construction, and my birds just at the top of the stairs, pouring new floors is a no-go. This means I need to build a new floor instead of pour one. This part of the floor base will be a walk-in aviary.
The first aquarium stand is up and holding a 115 gallon stock tank.
Another rack added with a 40g breeder on top and bottom, and three 20g long tanks in the middle.
I doubled the two original stands built all the way down to the wall, except the second rack from the left has two 75s .
Nitrate-loving plants on top of tanks to absorb waste and reduce water changes. And some bell peppers(yes they do grow little peppers and no they do not taste like fish). In the future the lumber will be covered with paneling to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Progress on the walk-in aviary on the bird side of the room.
For the wall paneling I decided to use vinyl flooring. It's super easy to clean (birds poop a lot), cheap, waterproof and looks awesome.
It makes a huge difference!
Cutting holes for recessed lighting in ceiling panels (don't judge my imperfect circles, they will be covered by the lights anyways) very messy to do indoors. And painting. And some wiring.
Progress view from the fish-side of the room.
Painting the recessed lighting. Can lights are expensive and there is no room in the ceiling for them, so I opted for LED retrofit can lights which require very little overhead clearance and are much cheaper. I spray painted these with Rustoleum spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Lights are wired. I installed 2 dimmers and 2 timers, each will control day(first pic) and night(second pic) lights. Without night lights the birds get easily spooked, and then scare each other and start a chain reaction of birds flipping out in the dark.
Still lots to do but wow!
Keep checking back for updates!