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Old 07-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Fish room build from scratch. Opinions/advice needed

This is the start of my fish room. so far everything hasn't cost a penny as its stuff that I've had laying around, hence the odd sizes of tanks so far.

3ft 90L will run a hang on back filter (will convert to sump tank when more tanks/racks added) with t8 lighting
2 smaller 19L are drilled from a previous set up and will be running a sump and overflow from startup (roughly 60L total) t8 lighting also.

Here's where your opinions/advice is needed.
1: Racking is made from 75mmx44mm and 44mmx44mm with 19mm mdf (potential over engineering in places) is this going to be sufficient for the weight?

2: I can't make my mind up if I like the 3ft tank on the top or the 2 smaller tanks. It's built and designed to be modular so I can swap different size tanks into the same size space with little hassle, (multiple smaller tanks into larger tank space and vice versa)


Is this going to work???


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Old 07-23-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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Nice start (especially since its not costing you a dime). I would go with the 1 longer tank but whatever you choose, just make sure it is 100% completely level. Shims work very well if you need to adjust.

Good luck, keep us updated.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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I like it when the bigger tank is on top at eye level.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Yep bigger one on top look at my setup might given some ideas
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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only thing i see with it is i see braces on front to back but none from side to side on the bottom legs. with that much weight i would put atleast one on front or back side.
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I have added 2 more support legs to the bottom middle to help. I'm a little worried about it being top heavy though. At the moment there isn't any fixings to the wall for added support but I think that'll be the next job.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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good idea.i had 3- 30 gallons on the bottom and then 2 55s middle level and 6 10s on top. all the frame was braced to studs in the wall with L brackets.
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It likely will hold your tanks with no issues but overall your design would not be used to hold my tanks in my house. With regards to sheer forces and overall design you have several issues. You might be better served buying a Gorilla Rack or similar from the big box home stores.
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Consider putting 4x4's on the legs to strengthen the build. I use 4x4's for all my builds as they are pretty much indestructible. Cheap paneling stained a nice color can make them more appealing to the eye
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:19 AM   #10
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Fish room update... It's going a little slow at the minute as I've been side tracked fitting a new bathroom. however i have managed to get 4 wall brackets fitted to add support and 2 additional legs. Hopefully this should now be able to cope better with the weight.

Ive also started cladding the front and making doors, all of which will be painted either white or black???
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