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imported_russell 09-09-2005 10:41 AM

i am building a rack for 4 ten gallon aquariums in my spare room. i hope all goes well. it will have 1 aquascaped tank, 1 emersed growth tank, and 2 experiment tanks.

here is what the rack should look like:

aquabillpers 09-09-2005 10:58 AM


I set up a rack like that once. The problem is that the bottom two tanks are close to the floor, and the only way to see into them is to lie on your side.

If you make the lower tanks higher, then the rear interiors of the upper ones can be hard to see.

Maybe you can figure out a better way than I could.


bozistheboss 09-09-2005 07:10 PM

I agree with Bill. It's a huge pain to have tanks very close to the floor (and even a bigger pain to have them too high). I had a stand that held 2 20-gallon tanks stacked one on top of the other, but eventually got disgusted with it because the bottom tank was such a pain to maintenance and also difficult for me to enjoy unless sitting or laying in an uncomfortable position.

Although that's totally up to you. If they're experimental or breeding tanks, then you may purposely want them out of the way, which I can certainly understand.

I just recently made a stand for 2 tanks out of a modified (read: heavily reinforced) entertainment center. It holds 2 20-gallons side by side. It's lower to the ground than I'd like, but when sitting in my recliner, the tank is at eye level, which suits me perfectly fine. I'll take pictures sometime. http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...icon_smile.gif

KRiley 09-10-2005 03:28 AM


I am in the process of setting up a rack too. But mine is going to be for 6 50 gallon longs, and possibly some 20 longs also. I think racks are nice because it give yous a more centralized look for your aquariums and you can organize better too. It also utilizes all of your space well too. Good luck, and remember to reinforce the hell out of it.


imported_russell 09-10-2005 08:20 AM

well, i built the rack at my father in law's house, and i'm taking it home today. it is looking nice, and yes, i did reinforce the heck out of it. i think it will turn out nicely. only problem is, i drive a car, so i had to break it down and will have to rebuild it at my house. if all goes well, i will have pics tonight.

bozistheboss 09-10-2005 06:04 PM

Wow, very well done. I'm glad I'm not the only person who has messy wiring. http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...icon_smile.gif What kind of wood did you use?

imported_russell 09-11-2005 03:56 AM

those are just regular old 2x4's. i got them for 2.55 each at lowes. it took 12 of them to build this cabinet. so my total cost was around 55 dollars with screws and tax.

if anyone needs measurments anytime just ask.

KRiley 09-11-2005 04:33 AM


Russell that looks very nice. I wish mine would look that good. I am in the process of designing my next one with my brother, we just built his today. Reinforcement looks good, that stand isnt going anywhere.


imported_russell 09-11-2005 04:39 AM

yeah it's sturdy, did i mention i bolted it to the wall?? http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...icon_smile.gif

Maxmillion 09-13-2005 10:47 AM

Looks good, a little bit of stain and it would blend right in with the wood behind it. The only area of worry I see is the right side under the second level. I see that you could not put another vertical 2x4 on the right because of the two tanks size.

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