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Old 10-25-2005, 02:49 AM   #1
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Project Proposal... Two-tier rack... input / reviews request

So I am thinknig of building myself a two-tier aquarium rack as shown in attached diagram... CLICK THUMBNAIL for fullsize image.



I am looking to utilize metal shelving, the industrial strength stuff, as each of these tanks should weigh almost 1000 pounds when filled and aquascaped. The rack will sit on a cement sub-floor in a basement in a spot where a 150-gallon currently sits... the 150-gallon will be sold or moved.

Some of my current considerations are...

... Tank rack to be slotted into 79" high x 53" wide "clothes closet" with sliding doors removed;

... Measure allowance for metal shelves, heights of various pieces of equipment, clearance from the floor, etc, all shown on left;

... To be determined... use 2700 kelvin "Aquarium" tubes or 5000 kelvin "Natural Sunshine" tubes;

... To be determined... use ONE or TWO Hydro Sponge (Size 5) sponge filters. EACH is rated for 125 gallon aquariums... this setup the aquariums are 70 gallons each;

... To be determined... what capacity air pump to operate Hydro Sponger 5 filter;

... Other considerations not yet factored ???

I am also going to have flaps hang down from the shelf about 13" to cover the area between the top of a tank, and the shelf above with the attached lighting ballast.

Does anyone have any input they would share on this project?
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:15 AM   #2
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Well, being a metal engineer by trade, most seems ok.
only thing i'd recommend is an extra leg in the centre front and back to support the middle of the tank.
You will have to slide your tanks in from the side but thats not a big issue really.
(sorry just saw your putting it in the cupboard. still two empty tanks isn't hard to move.)
also, you will definetly need to be able to remove the hood on the bottom tank as you will need the room to work with.

What do you mean by industrial strength shelving? It's got a 2" material dimension which i'd say is good for the bottoms to support the tank if you mean Mild steel angle. (L) but the legs I would make out of at least 2" mild steel tubing as the angle tends to flex and twist when put under pressure in a vertical position.
It will also make welding less of a hassle and have a better appearance..
Go mig welding all the way and your laughing mate..
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btw if you want a 2d or 3d drawing of it let me know, got all the software here and I now do it for a living.
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DeFeKt: Are you asking me?
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huh? whats the question?
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btw if you want a 2d or 3d drawing of it let me know, got all the software here and I now do it for a living.
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huh? whats the question?
You asked me a question above, did you not? I am asking you if your question was directed at me?
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no questions asked.

Just said if you want a proper drawing with 2d and 3d views let me know.
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DeFeKt: Sure... if you feel like you got some time to kill and it's something you consider more of a pleasure rather than work, go for it... would love to see it. You sound more inclined to use a proper program for the process than I would be, so if you feel like having a go, then go!
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:24 AM   #9
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sweet. I'm on it.
could be hours or a couple days (depends if they actually give me some important work) i'll pm you when i've got as far as I can comprehend, then i'll post it here for you.
beats browsing the internet all day anyway...

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Old 10-26-2005, 02:41 AM   #10
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ok.. phase 1.

Heres how I would build the stand. Excluding hoods and details.
I'm about to draw up the shelves you planned to use and work out a way to utilise the hoods you mentioned.



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