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PostSubject: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:09 pm

Hi everyone, been planning a build but not sure how to go about it, I was wondering if anyone has some good plans they might like to share. Thanks alot.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:25 pm

http://www.gorge.org/fish/cabinet/

http://www.freeww.com/aquariumstand.html

here ya go!
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:33 pm

Thank you very much sir.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:35 pm

No problem!! Look on Craigslist, freecycle and cheapcycle (yahoo groups) for your area for people with scrap lumber.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:37 pm

Lumber is not a problem, my dad has tons of stud grade 2x4's and 3/4 in ply wood and he said take what i want so I'm lucky there!!
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Fri May 21, 2010 3:39 pm

Awesome!! If you have time and the gumption document it with pixs and a little text in the DIY section please! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Mon May 24, 2010 9:22 am

When I hear "rack system" I think of something more like this...

http://www.swisstropicals.com/Swisstropicals%20Fishroom.html

I modified this system so each tank has an overflow and each rack it's own sump. If I catch a problem I can turn off the return line to that particular tank, add a heater, and turn any tank into an isolated quarantine tank.

The HMF filter design is relatively new to me but I'm liking it very much.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Mon May 24, 2010 11:42 am

Wow...that is awesome. cheers

I would take a swiviling recliner and set it in the middle of the room. My wife would kill me.. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Mon May 24, 2010 3:24 pm

Yea, I'd love to have that many. He's got a lot of bristlenose also.

My racks are smaller. I have three metal racks with a 18x36 inch footprint. For two of them I packed 3 levels in there. (x3) 10 gallons on top, (x4) 5.5 gallons in the middle, and (x1) 40 gallon breeder on the bottom. The third one holds (x2) 40 gallon breeders with some storage space on top. I also have a rack of (x12) 20 gallon long tanks where most of my breeding takes place. This one is made from wood because I had trouble finding a metal rack that would fit them how I wanted.

The HMF filters in each tank provide a lot of surface area. The sump is probably redundant but I like to over filter especially for our dirty little plecos. My sumps are 35 gallon rubbermaid garbage cans with a column of 5 gallon buckets down the middle. This creates separate chambers for different media and is pretty cheap to put together.

I like these rack type setups because you can fit a lot of water into a small footprint. There is space to separate individual fish, breeding space, and grow out space. Of course this was designed with breeding in mind and are not really display tanks so it depends on what you're goals are.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Mon May 24, 2010 3:28 pm

Sounds like you have a nice set up also.

Doesn't matter what goals are for what. lol..for me fish are relaxing. If I had a set up like that i'd be the calmest person on the planet.

I'm also the one that takes a fold up camp chair to the aquarium...lol
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Tue May 25, 2010 1:42 pm

affraid affraid

Thats awesome...

affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody have a good rack system blueprint   Tue May 25, 2010 2:15 pm

Lakatu wrote:
When I hear "rack system" I think of something more like this...

http://www.swisstropicals.com/Swisstropicals%20Fishroom.html

I modified this system so each tank has an overflow and each rack it's own sump. If I catch a problem I can turn off the return line to that particular tank, add a heater, and turn any tank into an isolated quarantine tank.

The HMF filter design is relatively new to me but I'm liking it very much.

Great find and what a setup.... affraid

Good Job

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