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Old 01-10-2007, 04:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default The rack

For the rack, I did a couple of searches on the net on them. Most of the stuff I saw was build out of wood and I did not liked the looks. Also, I have no craftmanship knowledge with wood and I did not want the rack to look sturdy and ugly since my wife would not have liked it. Paying someone to do a nice wooden rack was out of the question because it was going to be expensive.

Nikolay mentioned that he had a rack with some tanks in his house that was chromed wired. I started to look at these type of racks having in mind the size and the weight of the tanks. I decided to go this way as they look very nice and seeing some of the industrial ones at work. They can handle between 800lbs and 1000lbs per shelf.

I bought the first rack online because I could not find a decent priced one locally. It was rated for the weight above.



The second rack I bought it at cosco and is rated for a little less weight. later on I will explain why I bought it there.

The idea was to have tanks in all levels, but that idea felt through as it was uncomfortable working with the tanks and the top. So I decided to use only the bottom three levels for tanks.

Each shelve measures around 48"W by 18"D.

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Default The tanks

The next step was to find some tanks that will fit in the dimensions of the shelves. This was really hard. I wanted to have multiple tanks per shelf and I wanted them to be as deep as the shelve and not too high. This way I would have more area in the tank which is what I wanted.

I found someone to do the tanks for me. Since the tanks were custom made I went with rimless tanks. They measure roughly 22"W X 18"D X 14"H. I ordered a total of 14 tanks.

Here is a picture of the tanks in the garage:



Close up of one of the tanks:



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Default Equipment & rack assembly

For equipment I went with sponge filters, 100W heaters, one dolphin pump for one of the racks, a couple of old pumps for the other, shop lights, natural gravel and some garnet gravel Nikolay gave me which is kind purplish in color.

The rack assembly was pretty easy. To put the tanks in the shelves we decided to go with a piece of insulation styrofoam cut to the size of the shelves like in the picture below:



I started putting the tanks in the shelves:



After putting tanks in one rack. I filled two of them to see if there was any bowing at all. I saw the shelve bowing and the tanks almost touching each other on the sides.

Nathan gave us the idea of using some plywood below the insulation material so it would not bow. We tried this and it still bow but a little less.

So Nikolay and I brainstorm through some ideas and he came with the idea of using a metal rod(pipe) to push the shelve up. So we drill a whole in the middle of all the plywoods and insulation boards. Then the pipe was cut to the desire size and trimed so it will fit.



This is how it looks from underneath:








This helped a lot and solved 99% of the bowing issues.


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Old 01-10-2007, 05:15 PM   #24 (permalink)
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That's once Nice set up so far... I never thought of using Foam on those types of racks to distribute weight....... And they hold a ton of Weight!

But man, That must of been a hefty investment on all those custom tanks.

Keep the updates coming!

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Default Setting the tanks...more stuff

Here are some pictures of when I was setting up the tanks. You can see the type of sponge filters, heater and gravel that I used in most of the tanks.


This rack currently has 6 rimless tanks:




This one has 4 rimless tanks and the two 10G tanks:




There is some reflectiosn in the pictures, but they are the only ones that show them while setting them up.

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Default Some shot of the tanks and the final racks

Here are some close up pictures of the tanks:





Here I am testing a computer fan for when the weather gets hot. It will lower the water temp in one tank 5F. It does evaporate water faster, but not that bad if you do weekly water changes.



The final Racks look like thiswill update them with better pictures later)





All in all, I have 12 tanks in the racks and the 75G tank beside them
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All tanks have moss in them, different types of moss. All have gravel, most of them heaters and all of them have sponge filters. I do weekly water changes.
I keep snails in all tanks.

SOme problems I have encountered or might encounter:

1. humidity: With so much water evaporating I was having humidity problems in the room. I bought a dehumidifier and problem solved.

2. Water changes: You can imagine that doing water changes takes some time with so many tanks. I only change 20% of the water in each tank. I reconstitute my water from RO water to the desire level and ph by using seachem equilibrium and tap water. It is not very easy, but I have some inverts that need aicid water while others need hard water. To change the water I use a bucket, water pump for a fountain, a python hose. I usually divide the water changes in two days. One for the ones with acidi water and the other for the ones with hard water.

2. Noise: There is some noise out of the pumps and the dehumidifer. It is barely noticeable. I close the study at night. Make sure to buy an air pump that does not make lots of noise. I recommend the Dolphin and it can be found at Kens Fish Home of Quality Fish Food, And Supplies At Excellent Prices.


Where to buy the things:

1. shop lights,plywood,foam,pipe,etc: Home depot, Lowe's
2. filters, pumps, heaters: Kens Fish Home of Quality Fish Food, And Supplies At Excellent Prices.
3. racks: Costco or do a search online for chrome wire racks

During this I found out that a Dremmel is a very good tool to have.

I hope to see people comments and questions. I will also later update the thread or create a separate one with some of the inverts I have in there.

-Pedro
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Nice setup! I had thought about buying those mesh racks before but thought they would bow as well.....good improvising with the pipe.

Why did you buy the 2nd rack at costco again?
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very nice...I'm jealous!
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Looks good what all do you have in the tanks? When I get my own house I will have to include a set up like this in my fish room.

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