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post #91 of 170 (permalink) Old 01-22-2014, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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That doesn't look 24x48 to me.
Are those 10 gals on the bottom? If so, that's not 24" deep.

I have a similar rack already with 2 40B's on them (edsal brand, pics earlier in the thread) and I have no issues with it and don't think of it was garbage.

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I have a similar shelving unit from lowes: 1000527

You can fit 3 10's on there long side to long side, with some overlapping of the shelf. I cut a piece of plywood that hangs over front and back. along w/ a 20g long supported by dimensional lumber.

you can't trust the actual shelves for one second. that pressed wood crap, though rated high, probably can't withstand the weight per sq/inch that our tanks are.

Honestly, I don't trust the shelf with my tanks on it, but it's all I've got right now. I'm already noticing some stress on the shelf mounting points; mine uses the same sort of mounts as the one you're looking at, just not hidden. I also feel like there is some bowing in the metal, but my level says otherwise... something just looks off about it.

I intend on building something out of 2x material once the weather warms up as I really don't trust this thing. It has zero racking strength (side to side) and if pushed hard enough from the side will most likely crumble to the ground.

I have mine in 2 parts, which the one you're looking at can do. I didn't need the height, so have one for a basic work top/storage, and one for the few tanks i have on it.

I don't recommend it... especially not with the amount of tanks you're looking to put on it. the shelf is a cheap piece of garbage.

I had a buddy using one at work for as a server rack (computers) and they replaced them for failing.

it seems like a great cheap solution... but cheap could cost you 16 tanks and a ton of clean up.

here is my pre-water

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He still has particle board on the shelves. I personally have had zero issues with that same shelf but replaced the particle board with 1/2" plywood.
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The latest.

I was able to check and the large rack wouldn't interfere with the window.Click image for larger version

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Nice. The more the merrier
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Kinda wanna splurge and get a frag tank from deep blue.. 48x24X12..

Or... you know.. 2.
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Kinda wanna splurge and get a frag tank from deep blue.. 48x24X12..

Or... you know.. 2.

I've seen them, they are bad ass
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I just need to find one. I bet George could order one for me.. but i have no idea what they would cost.. (That's the bit I'm afraid of.)

I was thinking the 80g would be pushing it.. 48x24x16 A 75 gal tank is 850lbs.. so I'm assuming the 80 would be approx 910.. that's a little close to the max shelf load for me.. but a 60 is just right.

I really like how the 40b's fit in so neatly in their rack, I want to try to get that flush look as much as possible.


Or I could just get a 33 long and put it on the front of the rack... not a fancy though.
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The only real problem I see is they are so shallow that u will have a lot of maintenance. Would be an awesome immersed/emersed tank with huge potential
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Understanding Landlord or own? I had to cut back on my tanks after my unit changed my lease terms to include that tanks must be no more than 15g. Now instead of a couple 30+ g tanks I have a number of <10g tanks.
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awesome set up
Thank you. Hopefully, more awesome in the future.

Cost just to upgrade to the rack is $80.. plus tanks.

I have enough tanks for 2 shelves, so assuming I only bought tanks at the $1/gal sales, I'd be looking at another $80 on tanks alone, then $10 for each shelf in sponge filters.

Then there's lighting... and stock.

I could build something custom, but then if I ever get out of the hobby, I just have a bunch of custom made shelves that can't really be used for much else. I'm also looking a buying a house in the next year or two. I don't want to custom build something for my space only to have to break it down and not have it fit in my new fish room.

I could probably save boku bucks if I built something myself out of 2x4's, but I don't know that it's in the cards for me right now.
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Things are still in flux here. I need lights for the shelves.. and I really need to do some cable management. Right now, only the bottom shelf is running filters, though everyone is heated. I'm hoping to move the 10's that are on the bunk bed rack on the far wall to the 2nd shelf this week, then get some lights up in those shelves. Once that's done I can move some of the other tanks around. I'm hoping to put the 2nd 40b rack where the 26BF and the 10gal bunks are and move the 26 to where the 20H is (right side of the photo)

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Kinda wanna splurge and get a frag tank from deep blue.. 48x24X12..

Or... you know.. 2.

I love these frag tanks! I've always wanted one! The day will eventually come...


I like the new layout! can't wait to see how things fill in!
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40 Breeder Rack

School/work has really slowed my progress here, but I've finally set up my bottom two rows of tanks.



The tanks (top-bottom, left to right)
10 gal QT
10 gal "wild" neos
10 gal red rillis/blue velvet for rrbb project
10 gal blue diamond neos
15 gal fundulus Cingulatus breeding tank
10 gal black neos
15 gal oebt / yellow neos
15 gal peacock gudgeon grow out tank

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