Shelving Unit Help

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by LondonDragon, 8 Feb 2009.

  1. LondonDragon

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    No link :(
    I'm up for that, I need a rack to stick my 3 tanks on.
     
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    Forgot the most important thing haha link added!! thanks
     
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    im not sure it says 150kg each tier so id say it would be ok :D
     
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    Reading the link, it suggests it can hold the weight. 150kg on each shelf.
     
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    According to Wiki answers 1l of water weighs 1kg.
    So your tanks equal 180kg.
    Each shelf can hold 150kg.
    I wouldn't put all 3 on one shelf!
     
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    It would be one tank per shelve, there wouldn't be space for 3 tanks in 80cm ;)
    Looks like it would be ok, I just wanted to check if someone has done something similar.

    thanks guys
     
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    Let me know how you get on Paulo, Ill be right behind you if it works well.
     
  10. Ed Seeley

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    I've got a small tank on an IKEA shelving unit and that's fine. I'm hoping to add an 80cm long tank split into 4 smaller units on it too and I'm sure it will be fine with some extra shelf brackets to support the shelf.
     
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    Thanks Ed, I might reinforce the sides too, where the metal sides are add some wood on the inside to strengthen the whole unit. I am sure the shelves can take the weight :) Google SketchUp time! lol
     
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    i think you should have a fish house :D

    Adding the wood will definatley hold the weight, i have seen others do DIY stands out of 4 x 2
     
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    Do the sections have enough height in order for maintenance to be carried when the tank is there? I'm just imaging it too be a bit squished. Putting bits of wood in there too might be awkward. Just my thoughts...
     
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    I worked it out, for tanks 60x30x30cm which leaves around 43cm per shelve, the idea is to build the light unit into the shelve above using T5 ballasts DIY style. I am planning of placing 2x24w per tank in case I want to do something else with the tanks in future like 3 planted tanks. I plan in keeping plants with the shrimp too, so might get a CO2 unit for this 3 tanks too, feeding them of a single CO2 bottle, maybe a 5kg bottle. Just to leave my options open.

    I am getting 3 external filters for each tank, they will sit next to the tank, I am thinking an Eden-501 or something of the sort, with a minimum 400lph, I have seen some in the US called the TOM Rapids Mini Canister Filter C-80 which is something I like for this setup. Can get 3 at a decent price too.

    The tanks I am just buying the glass tanks with nothing in it, clearseal tanks sell for around £25 each. 3x50w mini heaters for about a tenner each and that should be the lot.

    Each tank will be different in terms of scape, Sulawesi shrimp tank will have borneo wood and rocks, in-between the rocks and wood some ADA aquasoil and all around the front and sides white sand, plants to be defined, together with some Sulawesi snails.

    The second scape will be one for cherry shrimp, maybe ADA aquasoil in it, ferns, crypts and mosses.

    The other tank not sure what species will keep in it.

    Will still keep the Juwel Rekord 60, the tank that will be for breeding the Crystal Red and Black grade S+ that I will getting next week. That has at present ADA Aquasoil and some crytps, ferns, and mosses. The lower grade CRS will have to be moved to another tank or rehomed.

    Thats all for now :)
     
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    After doing some SketchUp with the right measures, here is how it would look, rack and tanks only:

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    Next will have to find the size of the filters and add those to the model.

    Could always add a 4th tank to the top of the rack too if needed! or two nanos!!
    :)
     
  17. Joecoral

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    Looks like a great idea LD, I've been considering doing a similar setup to this for breeding SA dwarf cichlids for a while now, but havent had the cash to actually get on with it.
    Let us know how you get on, make sure you take plenty of pictures of the entire process
    Joe
     
  18. JamesM

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    Looking good Paulo :)
     
  19. Egmel

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    hmmm, I really think that's going to make serious maintenance more tricky, there really isn't a lot of room.

    Maybe I'm just panicking because I've never had a tank with restricted access, I would try a practice run by suspending a shelf above a tank at the correct height and trying to prune everything/catch some shrimp/fish.
     
  20. LondonDragon

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    Yeah I have thought about it too, but I have seen a lot of setups similar to this, I can always play around with the layout of the shelves and place a tank on the top shelve and divide the bottom part into two rather than 3 tanks.
     

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