Fish Tank Rack of 1" Iron Pipe and Live Edge Wood. Thoughts - The Planted Tank Forum
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Fish Tank Rack of 1" Iron Pipe and Live Edge Wood. Thoughts

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I'm constructing my mini rack system, which will look something like this:

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My tanks are all drilled on the ends for 1/2" supply from sump, 2 x 3/4" gravity to sump, 1/2" drain.

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I'm hiding the plumbing by having everything run down the ends hidden by the support legs of the stand. I will be using this tubing in 1/2" and 3/4" sizes (even a small 1" section for joining the two sections of the dual chamber sump).

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I'm considering constructing the stand out of black iron pipe and flanges and mesquite wood. I'd use components like this:

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The tank should looks something like this, but with 4 shelves that have 20" of separation (the mesquite will be 2" thick). The bottom shelf will sit just 8" above the floor, the top shelf will only be used to support the lights and of course hide plumbing.

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I will actually build 2 of these shelving units set side by side (so yeah, the black vinyl lines will run between the tanks, but it should almost be completely unnoticeable.).

I built this desk for my wife out of mesquite and 1/2" black iron pipe and it has a neat look. So we thought about live edge shelves for my mini-rack with beefier 1" black iron legs.

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Obviously I will place soft cork between the tank glass and the shelf to absorb imperfections.

Any thoughts on the strength of 1" black iron pipe in 22" sections? Any real conserns with rust?
(tanks and sumps will have glass lids)


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Some might ask about the 'rimless' tanks and the drilling. So I'll link two threads from Simply Discus where I showed how I did both. This has been a long project spanning years. But I'm nearing the finish line as all of the expensive bits are bought and built.. except this stand.

So yeah, I'm a bit fixated on astetics. glass, wood, iron.

Removing the rim and base from 8 20L tanks.

20 Gallon Long, Have you popped the top and bottom frames and made them rimless?

Getting feedback on a sump design..where I highlighted all of the bulkhead drilling for the system (which is now 4 x 20 Gallon Long display tanks and a 2 X 20 Gallon Long dual chamber sump)

8 Tanks, 1 Sump, Direct Bulkheads, Too Noisy?
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The 1" pipe should be more than up to the task of holding up the shelves. I think it will look very nice once done.
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Thatís a very nice design for the stands! I would be concerned with potential rust on the iron pipe and fittings. Perhaps you can spray them for some protection?

Plastic, yuck!
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You could use galvanized pipe and paint it black. The pipe would be pretty protected from rust, maybe a couple extra coats of paint on the threads where the galvanization has been removed.
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Check out this thread, might help with the set up of the tanks

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Funny you cite that thread. It was the inspiration for the setup.... Though I went a different route.

Yeah... I've done all of the drilling already.. Here's a thread of that.... I put it in the Sump thread.. which was dumb... should have kept it with the de-rimming tank thread:

8-Tanks-1-Sump-Direct-Bulkheads-Too-Noisy

(System changed to 4 tanks, 1 Dual chamber Sump....)

If you are curios, here is the de-rimming thread:

20-Gallon-Long-Have-you-popped-the-top-and-bottom-frames-and-made-them-rimless

for those who like skipping to the last page of a book... one casualty removing the rims.... one casualty doing the drilling. 8 tanks to get the 6 I needed. LOL.

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I thought that I would update this thread.

I've had to go a different dirrection.... and it's costs.. The Mesquite wood was about $1000. Pipe required about 32 cut and threaded pieces, which was also proving difficult to solve.... Total costs was looking north of $1500usd to build the 2 part stand.

I've gone about as opposite as possible... I puchased 3 36"x14"x54" Black Home Depot Shelving.... combining them yields 2 36"x14"x72" stands, with many leftover parts. I then purchased a high quality 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood to construct panels that would augment the wire shelves to add support to distribute the weight and prevent bowing. I'm staining the plywood planks Ebony/Espresso to blend in with the black shelves and black pvc and black cables. The tanks sit directly on 1/4" cork which sits on the 13" x 25" x 3/4" plywood planks which sit directly on the 36" x 14" shelves.

Here's a few photos:


Intial break-in tests that lasted two weeks... pictured is just 1/2 half of the stand:


To test, I constructed the shelves to 54" (don't need the top shelf at 72" as I'm not hanging the lights nor storing anything for this 'break-in' tests) and placed all of the tanks/sump sections. Originally filled the water to 50% for a day... Then went to 100% and left them for two weeks on my back patios. I worked around them, shook them, cleaned them, bumped them, etc.. No leaks. So, I'm confident they will do the job.


Details on the wire shelf, plywood plank, and cork mat interface.


The cork mat is the exact footprint as the 20L aquariums. The planks are routered and sanded on both sides. The cable/tubing/plumbing access holes are 3 on each end, measuring 1 1/4" diameter. They are strategically placed to correctly stradle the wire supports built into each of the metal shelves so that plumbing/cables can pass through unobstructed. The plumbing is 3/4" or 1/2" black vinyl tubing, so it all fits (illustrated in photo).


Close up of plumbing/cable pass throughs.


With 6 holes on each shelf I'm able to accomate overflows to sump, drain, and return from sump as well as cables for LED lights, cable heating, and wave pump.


Costs for these stands with all of the work is in the neighborhood of $250. Won't be as pretty as I wanted, but should still look pretty good with all of the focus on the glass, fish, plants... I'm even going with black filter socks and black poret foam in the sump to just minimize everything...
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I don't see any pics or links?
You don't see a single picture? Hmmm, I'm linking several....

Anyone else having issues with pictures?

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Here is an early picture before adding water and finishing the shelf details.
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Stained and finished all of the shelf supports. Tried a stain called Ebony. Really should have just painted them black as there is very little wood grain visible. Truth is they won't be very visible, so I've probably spent more time than the application really warrants...

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