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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Aquariums using Steel Shelving?

Kind of curious here. I finally am realizing my dream of having a fish room.. which will be located in the basement of the house I recently purchased.

Right now I have a 40B, a 20G, and a 10G but I am looking to purchase a bigger tank soon, at least 75G.

Anyways I wanted to be able to have a way to place these tanks in my soon to be fish room and I saw at Menards they have a steel storage unit.

http://www.menards.com/main/shelving...30-c-13051.htm

It states each shelf can hold 2,000lbs. I think it would be fine to hold 40Bs or maybe even a 75G but I was wondering if anyone has ever used units like these?

2,000 lbs per shelf just seems like a lot and I would hate to have a disaster.
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At 77" long, my simplistic opinion is that they may very well hold 2,000 pounds. But I would bet they'll sag in the middle. I'd feel better about them at 3' long or shoring them up in the middle in some fashion. The wire-weave shelving should be covered with 1/2" plywood. It's pretty cool that they are 24" deep though. Most of the heavy-duty shelving units I've been seeing here are only 18" deep.

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I don't know if the steel shelves will work or not. I'm building my fish room using 2x4 wood racks as used by Ted Judy http://tedsfishroom.com . I watched a lot of fish room YouTube videos, and I couldn't tell exactly what kind of steel shelf those that used them had. These wood racks are easy to build, if you have the tools.

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Interesting. The more I read about using steel shelves the less inclined I am to use them. I would agree the 77" long would worry me, not much to keep it from bowing and that could lead to disaster.

I would use wood underneath the shelves either way. Perhaps I can go with a shelving unit that is not so long and that would work better.

I'd like to do wood just to be safe but I would have to wait until spring I guess.
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I'm in the noodling stage of replacing a rack in my fish room that's been re-purposed too many times over the years. If I can find one of the "heavy duty" units that are built with a 36 X 24 footprint, I will most likely go in that direction rather than wood, even though I can easily build one. The room is very small, cramped and difficult to work in. An "erector set" like these units, would be perfect if they are the right dimension for my needs.

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