Fish Tank Rack of 1" Iron Pipe and Live Edge Wood. Thoughts - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2020, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Fish Tank Rack of 1" Iron Pipe and Live Edge Wood. Thoughts


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?

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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:


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

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


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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