|06-06-2012 04:07 PM|
|06-05-2012 09:26 PM|
|chomper149||2 withwise 10 gallons and a lengthwise 20h|
|06-05-2012 03:38 AM|
|06-05-2012 03:28 AM|
|chomper149||so youre saying that one of your cutup 75 stands wouldnt fit 10s widthwise? and i havnt thought to much about filtration, but the 55 would probably have an xp3 or a cfs500 canister on it, either on the floor next to the tank or behind the 20h if it fits, or even replacing a 10g if needed. if space is really a concern id used ac110s or the like|
|06-05-2012 01:10 AM|
"2 width wise 10 gallons, and a 20 lengthwise"
You are going to need a stand that is at least 49" inside dimension based on the above specs. Add another 3" to the overall length because of the 2"x4"
|06-05-2012 01:03 AM|
It's easy enough to move up and down. I didn't want any lights originally and was hoping to squeeze in a few more tanks on the 2nd level. After having it built, I realized that the 2x4 shelf was a good place to hide the fluorescent workshop lights.
The only problem I see with building a 24" deep stand is space issue. If you are tight for space, you may not be able to give up 24"
What's the filtration for the 75 or 55 gallon on top?
|06-05-2012 01:00 AM|
i would only need a 2 foot light or so for the lengthwise 10 gallons. They are actually for breeding/ fry tanks so im not too worried about the correct lighting for plants. I already have a 10 and 20h id like to put on the rack, hence the repeated 20h comments. Both of witch already have their own lighting. So the lighting on other tanks isnt an issue as of now.
Thanks for your help guys and i cant wait to see your designs discusonly
|06-04-2012 11:54 PM|
go with a 4 ft t8 strip for the bottom tanks. those t5's that h.d. sells come with 3000k bulbs, so you;re looking at another $35 to replace the one's that come with it. you can get a 4ft t8 and 2 6500k phillips bulbs for $30.
and if your flooring is uneven, best bet it to go with a 4 legged stand. easier to level 4 contact points than it is to level a 4'x2' rectangle.
also, since you keep mentioning 20H tanks, future planning would dictate that you go with a stand that is 48x24, even though a 75g is 48x18. a 20H is 24" wide, if i am correct, so a 24" deep stand would allow you to place at least (3) 20's if you so choose. as far as the extra 6" on the top? you could use that space behind the tank to hide equipment or chemicals or whatever you so choose, so it;s not wasted space.
just something to make you go hmmmmmmm.......
oh....and this stand is not only cool looking, but VERY easy to build.
|06-04-2012 10:02 PM|
i thought the spacing was different. how did you change it after the stand was already done?
but i didnt really think about lighting. I figured i was just gona throw a t5 strip from home depot above the 10 gallons if they come in 6700k. I already have lighting for the 20gal and the 55 will be lit seperatly. So i figure something similar to yours. Although the 10s wont be too heavily planted so i may do a t8
|06-04-2012 09:40 PM|
|discusonly||I'll sketch it up for you tonight or tomorrow. What do you plan to do for lighting? If you look at my frist picture, it is different than the bottom one. I decided to put Lowes T8 light underneath so I had to move the top tanks up a bit.|
|06-04-2012 09:30 PM|
|chomper149||also a frammed base around it would be better as the flooring is old hardwood and may be too uneven for a 4 legged stand. thank you!|
|06-04-2012 09:28 PM|
|chomper149||the racks you just posted would be perfect. but just need a top and bottom shelf. and it must be over 20inches wide to support widthwise 10 gallon tanks. otherwise the design for that 75 rack is perfect and i wish i had it!|
|06-04-2012 09:26 PM|
|chomper149||so im looking for the stand to be at least 24inch wide for widthwise 10 gallons, 4 feet long to accommodate the 55. This, i hope, is the correct size to to hold a 55 gallon on top, 2 width wise 10 gallons, and a 20 lengthwise. or 3 10 gallons and 1 20H all widthwise. Most likely be the first combo. and i guess the top shelf about 4 feet tall and the bottom shelf a foot- a foot and a half off the ground. That should be enough clearance for the bottom tanks, hopefully. Let me know please how much this will cost/ and if there are any problems with my rough design currently.|
|06-04-2012 09:22 PM|
Here is something that I did pretty quickly when I set up the fish rack in my garage a few years ago. The most time consuming part was painting. They were for 75gal tanks.
|06-04-2012 09:01 PM|
Be careful with the entertainment units. The are made of pressed board and will not survive long with the moisture that is absorbed from the tanks.
Your cheapest options is 2x4 with plywood or home depot gorilla rack.
You are looking at a possible 1500lbs load on the stand. Entertainment units won't cut it.
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