Fish room

speedsport

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I have a 11ft x 12ft room I'm making in to my fish room. The main tank will be a 125. Then I will have some smaller tanks on racks. My question is. How can I build the racks? Also how can I lay it out? The room looks like this
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II
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II = door
= = window

Kind of bad drawing.

Also the small tanks will have one central sump.

Thanks
 
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aninjaatemyshoe

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Depending upon the size of the smaller tanks, you might just look into some of the heavy duty racks/shelving units they sell at places like Home Depot and Lowes. Some can handle more then 800lbs per shelf (though I certainly wouldn't want to come near capacity on that one).
 

aninjaatemyshoe

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I don't think you're going to get much cheaper DIYing such a rack yourself unless you are a skilled woodworker or can weld. These are about as cheap as they come in terms of what they can do.
 

chrismhaase

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If you weld material you could have extra room due to a lack of 2x4s, and it would be really strong. You could also implement some 100 gallon rubbermaid stock tanks as sumps, fuges and prop tanks underneath everything. I just bought a 100 g stock tank from tractor supply comp. for $67.00. All you have to do is replace the bulkhead and go from there.
 

BeanAnimal

Premium Member
You do not even need to weld. You can use aircraft cable or all-thread and aluminum or steel channel to support plywood or similar shelving.
 

aninjaatemyshoe

New member
I was just in Home Depot and took a look at those heavy duty shelving units they sell. They are in the neighborhood of $75-$120, which considering the time you'll save in building your own and the somewhat meagre savings you would have over building one similar, is not bad at all.
 

speedsport

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Also this is for fresh water. I will be making one for salt later. How could I plum the drains and returns for a sump set up?
 
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