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Does anyone know where I can get a good priced racks for my fish tanks?
 

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Depends how many tanks you are placing on it and what size.

If the shelf rating won't hold your tank weight + water weight + substrate, etc , don't buy.

Also, depending on weight- make sure there is a cross piece, so your shelf bars don't splay out.

For my purposes my racks cost roughly 150 ea.
 

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I have a local Costco that I get mine from. In addition to the other solid suggestions, I thought I'd mention them as well. Also have them in that $50-60 range.
Did you replace/reinforce the shelf ? It looked like a plastic (not wood) material, but probably not thick enough.

I think some costco locations carry this lower priced unit, and some have a different option that costs more.
 

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My local Walmart carries the one in the link that I posted for $59.96... idk if the wood in it is very good at all or not lol most likely not, i can replace it easy enough :) I was just wondering if that was a typical price for that type of rack or if you guys used some type of special racks.
 

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Build them out of 2x4 and 2x6. It will cost about the same and you can make them how you want. When I move I will be doing this
When I get my own place I will be building some tables in a work table design just not as deep on most.
 

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There is also heavy-duty wire shelving that doesn't need a board at all, although you could add a thin one if you like the look or want to ensure a solid/smooth surface under the tank. Different brands I've found are Whitmor, Seville Classics, Metro ... Walmart search results, Whitmor heavy duty shelving.

Just fyi, a useful chart of common tank sizes and filled weight. The weights appear to count the tank and water but not substrate, equipment, etc.
 

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Did you replace/reinforce the shelf ? It looked like a plastic (not wood) material, but probably not thick enough.

I think some costco locations carry this lower priced unit, and some have a different option that costs more.
I have done both - used their shelving that came with it and put in my own plywood. Since I am not going so high - I keep mine at 36" max, I just use two of their shelves per level, and have one left over. On some others, I had extra plywood from another project and just cut to fit. The Whalen system is the one that I have been getting.
 

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There is also heavy-duty wire shelving that doesn't need a board at all, although you could add a thin one if you like the look or want to ensure a solid/smooth surface under the tank. Different brands I've found are Whitmor, Seville Classics, Metro ... Walmart search results, Whitmor heavy duty shelving.

Just fyi, a useful chart of common tank sizes and filled weight. The weights appear to count the tank and water but not substrate, equipment, etc.

I have some of these, which people seem to call 'metro racks'. I wouldn't really call them heavy duty. But I have seen threads where people show them being used.
I don't have the box from mine to know what weight rating they have, but they are just begging for some shrimp tanks ;) Maybe one day I'll get brave.

For the OP, if you are using the tanks in your siggy, the wire racks seem like a suitable size. They also have a 4 shelf unit at costco, i *think* it is about $40.
 

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How many tanks are you looking to support? I bought a bronze baker's rack from Hobby Lobby for like $70. They had a couple of different sizes, but the one I got has four shelves. The top shelf is a little shallower. I currently have two 10G shrimp tanks, two 2.5G Opae Ula tanks, and two 3 - 4 G vases on the top shelf.

It is a folding rack, so I'm slightly worried about the stability of the shelves. They seem to be holding up well, but I'm considering adding some kind of cross bar and clamps just to make sure nothing falls.
 

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How many tanks are you looking to support? I bought a bronze baker's rack from Hobby Lobby for like $70. They had a couple of different sizes, but the one I got has four shelves. The top shelf is a little shallower. I currently have two 10G shrimp tanks, two 2.5G Opae Ula tanks, and two 3 - 4 G vases on the top shelf.

It is a folding rack, so I'm slightly worried about the stability of the shelves. They seem to be holding up well, but I'm considering adding some kind of cross bar and clamps just to make sure nothing falls.
At the moment just the one listed in my signature. I'll be buying more at a later date.
 

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