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shelving for multiple small tanks?

I'm looking to set up a rack in my fish room for 3 10's and a 20g long. at least for now, possible more 10's in the future.

I'm looking at buying this, instead of building

http://www.lowes.com/pd_101932-1281-...ves&facetInfo=

it has a rating of 800lbs per shelf; so I should really have no issue tossing 3 10's on a shelf, right? though, since each shelf is particle board I should probably toss a piece of 2x4 across it so it goes metal to metal.


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I have also looked into those shelfs for something like that. You should be fine if what they say is true that it holds 800 lbs per shelf. Figured at 84 lbs per tank with water plus substrate/dirt so 100 lbs to be safe and you should have 500 lbs headroom after 3 10's.

Just for safe measures though and to put my mind at easy I would definitely reinforce the shelfs with 2x4's.


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We use older versions of this one at my work (pizza delivery place) and it holds a lot of lbs of product. We have a 4 shelf one and the middle shelf holds roughly 500 lbs of peppers and other canned goods. I'd think it'd work very well for your needs. I'd definately put something between the metal and the glass (like styrofoam) no matter what unit you go with. I got a good deal on some thin styrofoam from a place that does model trains. a hobby shop might have it as well. Or 1/4th inch plywood might work too and you can have the guys at HD or Lowes cut it for ya

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1


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I looked a something similar to this at homedepo with the same intent as you. The shelves seem to be a issue. They are verry thin and a press board material and would bow/ break if it got moisture on it. Maybe it would be better with plywood that has been treated to repl moisture for shelves. I am still trying to figure out what I'm going to do.
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another option is melamine shelves on top of the particle board shelves.
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http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1 I am using this for a 40b with some smaller tanks on the bottom shelf, you do not have to set it up tall it can be 2 short racks, I cut a 2x3 down to screw into the shelves to give them a bit more strength I had put a 10g and a 8g on one of the shelves and it started sagging but a 2x3 screwed down the middle of the shelf long ways solves the problem, I like this unit because it has a more finished look you do not see the holes for the shelf rails and a 40 b fits perfectly in this unit
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http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1 I am using this for a 40b with some smaller tanks on the bottom shelf, you do not have to set it up tall it can be 2 short racks, I cut a 2x3 down to screw into the shelves to give them a bit more strength I had put a 10g and a 8g on one of the shelves and it started sagging but a 2x3 screwed down the middle of the shelf long ways solves the problem, I like this unit because it has a more finished look you do not see the holes for the shelf rails and a 40 b fits perfectly in this unit
what part started sagging; the particle board?

i intend on running a piece of 2x4 front to back, or side to side, for each tank so that the metal framing of the shelf is what supports the tank.


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The paint on those things are pretty thin, if you get it, make sure you touch up any bare spots. It will rust.
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I have a set of this type of shelving. It is old and it is all metal. I find it lacks lateral strength. Twisting it can be a real problem.
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another option is melamine shelves on top of the particle board shelves.
Do not get melamine wet. Its total garbage on the scale of "engineered wood"
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We've got three at my shop to hold cases of paper. They are strong enough but add a plywood on top of the press board and you'll bee fine. Melamine would also work. If it weren't meant for a damp area they wouldn't use it for kitchen countertops. Just never use a treated wood. 2x bracing I feel is not needed.

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If you change your mind, and decide to go DIY, it's pretty easy to use 2x12s with simple dados to create a similar shelf system, and 2x12s are about the perfect size for 10gallons.

Cost would probably be about the same once you figure in stain/varnish/paint and fasteners and such, but it would be a _lot_ stronger. It would take a couple beers worth of work though, but you can do it all with just a circular saw and chisel. in an afternoon/evening.
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I have those shelves, just replace the particle board with plywood, and i would paint the plywood to protect it from water damage. I have multiple 20 longs on one unit and then another unit i have 3-10s on one shelf and another 20long below that


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what part started sagging; the particle board?

i intend on running a piece of 2x4 front to back, or side to side, for each tank so that the metal framing of the shelf is what supports the tank.
Yes it sagged in the middle basically in both directions like a bowl but 1 2x3 down the middle long ways solved the problem
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what part started sagging; the particle board?

i intend on running a piece of 2x4 front to back, or side to side, for each tank so that the metal framing of the shelf is what supports the tank.
Yes, like stated above and by others. Once the particle board gets wet it won't matter if it is reinforced by 2x4's. The particle board will pretty much crumble once it is wet. It is a good shelf just so long as you replace the particle board. The frame is solid.


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