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Old 09-15-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Question fish rack!

Sooo, I originally planned on turning a spare bedroom into a fish room. Bad idea, it was a hardwood upstairs bedroom.

But now I have a huge room in the basement to turn into a fish room

I want a wood rack system, but I have no woodworking/ construction skills. I need ikea style instructions to assemble anything...

Has anyone built their own rack system? I'm not sure on the number or size of tanks I want to include yet though.

Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:


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Well, ok. I did it myself...

it's a 6'x4'x20"

but, I've run into a problem. I only have 4" clearance for my hands to get into the tank. I assume I'll need more. Should I make the rack 6' high instead of 4'? If I do that I feel like I should change the length to 8'...

also, do I need a center brace at 6'? I think i'll need one at 8'
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Tweaked it a little bit... took out center brace, raised the center shelf by 2", now I have 6" of clearance, and figured out how to evenly spread 6 10 gal tanks on the bottom. Any input is welcome, I've never built a stand before...
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Looking good, and if i may ask what program are you using? For some reason autodesk comes to mind.. But many look the same.
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Looking good, and if i may ask what program are you using? For some reason autodesk comes to mind.. But many look the same.
I wish! It's the free version of Google Sketchup
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I wish! It's the free version of Google Sketchup
Oh ok. Makes sense. My school has a student version of autodesk inventor that we get for free... Any autodesk software, actually.
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Check out Ted Judy's video. It makes it fairly simple. Haven't built them myself, that is next week's project.

TedsFishroom - Racking - YouTube
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Check out Ted Judy's video. It makes it fairly simple. Haven't built them myself, that is next week's project.

TedsFishroom - Racking - YouTube

I've been watching it. He gives a good basic overview, and I'm trying to follow what he says in my modeling, dado joints, etc. Here's an updated model:
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That's awesome. I'll definitely be following. I'm going to attempt my first build this weekend or next week. We're going to do the racks for the smaller tanks lengthwise and probably raise the bottom tanks this time. Draining low tanks has been a major pain.
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thats exactly how mine looks. i have 2- 55s in the middle 3-30s on bottom and all 10s on top. i used the 30s for breeding and 10s for hatching and 55s for grow out
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