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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Look at that rack!

Oh yeah, I'm starting a shrimp rack. This bad boy should probably fund my next 3 years of college It's not nearly complete yet, but I'm too excited to hold in my project I'm going to try and light this all with LED. Going for minimal impact here Filtration will all be super simple, HOB's and what not. Substrate will be Aquasoil (Amazonia and Malaya) in the Caridinia tanks, play sand for Neocaridinia.

Tank 1 - GLA 60L, Mostly A/S CRS

Tank 2 - Standard 10 Gallon, Sakura Shrimp (via gordonrichards)

Tank 3 - Standard 10 Gallon, OEBT (haven't started yet)

Tank 5 - Standard 10 Gallon, CPD tank maybe

Tank 5 - Standard 5.5 Gallon, IDK! (haven't picked inhabitants yet)



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heres my rack 48" wide, 24" deep, 74" tall



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How much weight can each shelf hold?
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An awful lot. I bounced around on top of each one and there was no flexing at all. Theres going to be a max 30 gallons on each shelf
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Be careful with this type of rack. You may be able to bounce on top of it for a few minutes, but the shelves WILL bow under prolonged weight of your tanks. I went with a rack with more rigidity. Better safe than 90 gallons of water on your floor is what I say.

If you want to use this type of rack, find a post by niko. You may need to look on APC. He reinforced the racks with either a metal bar or a piece of wood, I forget.
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Be careful with this type of rack. You may be able to bounce on top of it for a few minutes, but the shelves WILL bow under prolonged weight of your tanks. I went with a rack with more rigidity. Better safe than 90 gallons of water on your floor is what I say.

If you want to use this type of rack, find a post by niko. You may need to look on APC. He reinforced the racks with either a metal bar or a piece of wood, I forget.
I was thinking of reinforcing it with wood, I try and find his links. Thanks mayne
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Hey, nice rack he he.

Sorry couldn't help myself. We use that exact same racks where I work.
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Just remember that rule of thumb for tank weight is 10lb/g per tank including tank, water, substrate, and decor. Equipment and any other out-of-tank gear is extra.

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Just remember that rule of thumb for tank weight is 10g per tank including tank, water, substrate, and decor. Equipment and any other out-of-tank gear is extra.
I think you missed part of the equation...... there is no "weight" in your post.


8 lbs per gallon, plus all the extras(substrate, tank, etc). A 10g tank easily weighs 100 lbs full.

at minimum, I would put 3/4 plywood screwed to each shelf. But I wouldn't use this shelf for tanks.

I tried a garage rack designed to hold 900 lbs per shelf, with only 400 ish lbs per shelf. In 3 months it bowed enough to make me scrap it.
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I def wouldn't be putting rimless tanks directly onto that. get some wood.
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With a Rack like that, you should get some wood .... for it .... lol.

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I think you missed part of the equation...... there is no "weight" in your post.


8 lbs per gallon, plus all the extras(substrate, tank, etc). A 10g tank easily weighs 100 lbs full.

at minimum, I would put 3/4 plywood screwed to each shelf. But I wouldn't use this shelf for tanks.

I tried a garage rack designed to hold 900 lbs per shelf, with only 400 ish lbs per shelf. In 3 months it bowed enough to make me scrap it.
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I def wouldn't be putting rimless tanks directly onto that. get some wood.
So whats the verdict, scrap it or fix it?
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Hey, nice rack he he.

Sorry couldn't help myself. We use that exact same racks where I work.
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With a Rack like that, you should get some wood .... for it .... lol.
Thank you for the humor
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At minimum, 3/4 inch plywood on each rack. I'd still worry about tip factor, so anchor it to a wall.

Find a way to secure the ply to the shelves.
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FIX! It's nice, don't waste it.

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I wouldn't use wood some 1/2" insulation foam would work fine.


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