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01-26-2013 04:59 AM
GraphicGr8s Shift, you're counting on the fasteners to hold the weight. Worlks on small tanks but I'd never trust them on anything over 10s. My breeder racks I used all lap joints. It literally can stand without fasteners. Won't hold weight but will stay together without screws or nails
01-26-2013 04:08 AM
shift
help with DIY racks


01-26-2013 04:01 AM
rodcuda How about pics? I need to build some racks and the more info the better. But I am looking at just 2 high I think to keep them easy to get to.
01-26-2013 03:47 AM
shift I built one today for 4x 10 gallon tanks. did about 20-21" between the shelves to allow room for acces to filters, and what not
01-26-2013 03:14 AM
Contrl I think I've decided to do them 2 high and put the 10's elsewhere,,, and also to stagger them horizontally since I've got the floorspace.

I find that for me, none of my tanks are too high, but the lowest ones are too low to enjoy.
01-26-2013 01:04 AM
leegordon79 I've rebuilt many racks because I didn't initially give myself enough space. I now go no higher than 2 tanks high, even with small tanks. Going in and out with nets, hoses, filters, and everything else calls for at least 12 inches clearance above the top of my tanks. Everyone is different, but the more space you leave yourself the less you will want to rebuild them later.
01-23-2013 12:53 PM
james0816 Brings up a good question.....

What would/should be the recommended spacing between shelves? Keeping in mind you will also have to have some type of lighting over the tank(s).
01-22-2013 03:29 AM
GraphicGr8s
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I'll agree with you on the 5 inches... but I'm 6'6" and nothing is ever too high.......
Until you have to reach the bottom of a 55 gallon tank at over 6' high.
7" is the minimum for me to work in. My 22 breeder rack has 10" between each tank. I'm 6'2" and the top tank is a tough one. If it is hard to work on you won't take care of it like you really should.
01-22-2013 02:40 AM
Merth
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I'll agree with you on the 5 inches... but I'm 6'6" and nothing is ever too high.......
ROFL at 6'6" you're gonna need one of those rolling things for working under cars to work on the bottom tanks so you dont kill your back!
01-22-2013 02:16 AM
Contrl
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Originally Posted by GraphicGr8s View Post
5" isn't enough room. And stacking 2 55s above a row of 10s is asking for trouble. It's too high to comfortably work on the tanks.

I'll agree with you on the 5 inches... but I'm 6'6" and nothing is ever too high.......
01-22-2013 01:59 AM
Contrl
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Originally Posted by In.a.Box View Post
Here. Good DIY rack... From one of my buddie from another forum.


http://www.fishforums.com/forum/diy-...tank-rack.html


Thank you,

I might rethink this and go with the 10's across the bottom and the staggered rack for the 55's... even semi staggered so that the stand stays the 20inches wide that the 10gals will need.
01-21-2013 02:26 PM
GraphicGr8s 5" isn't enough room. And stacking 2 55s above a row of 10s is asking for trouble. It's too high to comfortably work on the tanks.
01-21-2013 10:59 AM
jhays79 Youtube search "teds fish room racks" excellent DIY video by ted judy on building simple solid racks that are strong.
01-21-2013 07:25 AM
In.a.Box Here. Good DIY rack... From one of my buddie from another forum.


http://www.fishforums.com/forum/diy-...tank-rack.html
01-21-2013 05:49 AM
Diana I would not restrict the access to 5".
Practice with any of your tanks now. Put something over the tank at 5" and see how difficult it is to work in there.
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