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Old 02-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #46
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Han looks great so far, I'm happy for you.

Those steel racks? From HomeDepot? I have the one from there that has the 2'x4' shelves. I'm using it for my Aquaponic rack. My 40gl tank was going to be over the load rating so I replaced the particle board shelves with 3/4" plywood. I also used bricks under the middle( the 40 is on the louvers shelf.

Definitely, test fill you tanks to see how the shelves take the weight. Also wet particle board degrades very fast. If your going to use it get some kind of water barrier on it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:01 PM   #47
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Han looks great so far, I'm happy for you.

Those steel racks? From HomeDepot? I have the one from there that has the 2'x4' shelves. I'm using it for my Aquaponic rack. My 40gl tank was going to be over the load rating so I replaced the particle board shelves with 3/4" plywood. I also used bricks under the middle( the 40 is on the louvers shelf.

Definitely, test fill you tanks to see how the shelves take the weight. Also wet particle board degrades very fast. If your going to use it get some kind of water barrier on it.
Thanks man,

yes i got them from home depot

5 shelves
72" H x 48"W x 24"D

and i spilt them in half as I cant reach the top of the tanks if i had it all up.
they rated the whole unit to hold 4000lbs
so it should be 800lb per shelf.

but i'm going test fill that one tank first.
And yes i have a thick black vinly under each of them tanks.
Also since I only used 4 shelves out of the 5, I double stacked the top shelves with two boards each.

If the boards flex to much i'll get some plywood.

I might have to double stock the 40b two on each rack to fit the rest of my tanks in the room though.

either way i'll test fill the first 40b and see how it holds.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #48
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A 40B has 340#s of water weight + maybe 40#s of glass? Mine bowed with the 3/4" plywood AND the particle board on top.

I put a length of Deck lumber under the center of the shelf and stacked bricks under that to support the shelf. Now I might have been ok for a while but eventually the rack would have bowed.

That 800# load wt. was probably perfectly distributed over the whole shelf surface.

Still get rack for the price. I would hate to hear you had an epic fail.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:19 PM   #49
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Looking forward to seeing how this all comes along.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:20 PM   #50
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Ya true. I'll juat fill a bottom one and see if it bows. If it does I'll replace the boards with wood.

You got a picture of your setup?

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:21 PM   #51
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I got the same shelf and I would also replace the particle board with something sturdy or reinforce with metal beams.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #52
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Ya true. I'll juat fill a bottom one and see if it bows. If it does I'll replace the boards with wood.

You got a picture of your setup?


I can try to take a pic of the bricks I used to support the shelf. There are few more pics on my Aquaponic Journal (Sig Line Link).
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #53
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Can't wait to see your completed fish/shrimp room.

Just wondering what are you planning to use as the primary heat source for this room 24/7? I noticed you insulated & rerouted some of the ventilation.

Dyson hot is decent for supplemental heat, but I wouldn't use it for more than 3-6 hours per day. While it's stylish, it's still a 1300W ceramic heater but with a price of $270ish. If you exceed 6 hrs a day, I don't know how long it can run before the unit might give out.

I would recommend having a 2 of those ugly oil filled radiators & set them to run @ 700-800 watts instead of full power.


Anyway, it looks like you got everything else covered.

Good luck with the storm.


Time for me to get supplies and test out the snowthrower so I don't pass out shoveling snow over the weekend.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:54 PM   #54
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Can't wait to see your completed fish/shrimp room.

Just wondering what are you planning to use as the primary heat source for this room 24/7? I noticed you insulated & rerouted some of the ventilation.

Dyson hot is decent for supplemental heat, but I wouldn't use it for more than 3-6 hours per day. While it's stylish, it's still a 1300W ceramic heater but with a price of $270ish. If you exceed 6 hrs a day, I don't know how long it can run before the unit might give out.

I would recommend having a 2 of those ugly oil filled radiators & set them to run @ 700-800 watts instead of full power.


Anyway, it looks like you got everything else covered.

Good luck with the storm.


Time for me to get supplies and test out the snowthrower so I don't pass out shoveling snow over the weekend.
ya, i'm only using the dyson heater for this winter. And save for something else come next winter. I just need to get by these months.
Maybe a pellet stove?

And I have it set at 60 degree and it turns on maybe 5 mins every hour?

I think theres a 3 year warranty anyways.

ya i got to go home today and start my snowblower up also! eck!!!
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I got the same shelf and I would also replace the particle board with something sturdy or reinforce with metal beams.

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good to know.

since it was a 5 shelf unit I had spare metal beams and i just added them to each rack for extra support.
i'm wondering if i could use a longer and run it under the boards.

hm.... i'll have to check that out when i get home.
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That certainly is the room dreams are made of!!

Very cool...can't wait to see the rest of the progress.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:28 AM   #57
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That certainly is the room dreams are made of!!

Very cool...can't wait to see the rest of the progress.
Ya I just can't wait to finish and actually sit back and relax hahha

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good to know.

since it was a 5 shelf unit I had spare metal beams and i just added them to each rack for extra support.
i'm wondering if i could use a longer and run it under the boards.

hm.... i'll have to check that out when i get home.
Yeah, you can probably pick up some steel beams at a local metal shop fairly cheap. I know at work I just bought a 24" x 48" x 1/4" steel plate for $200 and you probably just need scrap from a local outfit. One of the main metal shops here in town has a large showroom of scraps and extra pieces to pick from.
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Awsome stuff han, def guna have to come and take a look when ur done!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:09 AM   #60
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Yeah, you can probably pick up some steel beams at a local metal shop fairly cheap. I know at work I just bought a 24" x 48" x 1/4" steel plate for $200 and you probably just need scrap from a local outfit. One of the main metal shops here in town has a large showroom of scraps and extra pieces to pick from.
thanks for the info.
I think my brother inlaw had some left over steel corner beam from a project he did.
But your right if I check around at local metal shop they might have something cheap.
I think if i run a metal beam across the long way it should be fine.

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Awsome stuff han, def guna have to come and take a look when ur done!
sure thing man! come on down!
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