Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Philidelphia, PA
So I build an aquarium rack with 2x4's and cindar blocks last summer for breeding livebearers and I've been wanting to set up the system so all the tanks are connected into one system using one sump. I previously had a bunch of 10 gallon aquariums on the rack, but I think I'm going to try my hand at some angels (pinoy lace is one of my favorite).
By this extremely rough drawing I did in paint, you can get the idea of what I was thinking. I'm just looking for suggestions, words of encouragement, or anything that you guys can think of that would improve the design.
I plan on running HOB filters into the larger tanks to give them some good flow because that's where my breeding pairs will go. Top tanks will be used for fry and juveniles. I have a 75 gallon tank that I will be using as a growout, but this rack will be where the majority of my fish will be kept.
One important aspect of the system is that the tanks will NOT be drilled. Instead I plan on building 5 PVC overflows for each tank and piping them into the row underneath, and then into the sump. Live plants will be used throughout, so I'm going to need to think of different ways to keep them (and the fry) from getting sucked down the overflow.
I'm thinking of different ways that I could do water changes, but right now I'm either going to create a rain barrel that would store some freshwater for me, or just figure out a way that I can hook up the hose into the system and then just have an overflow in the sump that goes to the drain in my basement.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Once again, just looking for your opinion on the setup and if you know of any improvements then let me know. Right or wrong I just want some feedback.