Aquarium Setup • Four Tank Rack

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Postby Paddy-hartlepool » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:32 am

Can not wait to see more of this
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:31 pm

You use a power saw set to the depth of the 2x4 and cut again and again making parallel cuts 1/4" apart until you have cuts the width of the 2x4. Then use a wood chisel to scrape out the slices and a rasp to smooth the opening. You can see a video at www.tedsfishroom.com.
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75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:36 am

The rack is done and the tanks are in place. Still some finishing work to do and I don't have any water or electricity yet.

Behind the tanks to the left is a full-height space under the stairs where a utility sink will be installed.
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125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby ryencok3 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:49 am

yay looks so good cant wait to see the finsihed product with some fish in it!!!
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:04 pm

These are utility tanks, no decor or even coordinated stocking.

First will be some fish I already have, Pundamilia nyererei I want to spawn and Lethrinops Mbasi fry growing out.

On May 10 there will be a lot of dividers and adult haps/peacocks going into quarantine for when I put the haps in the 125G.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby deaver » Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:30 pm

:popcorn:
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Postby little_jimmy1994 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:50 pm

I may just be dumb and missed where this was already answered. How big are those tanks? What dimensions?
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:00 pm

They are 48x12 tanks.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby Deeda » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:40 pm

Are those 33 long tanks? If so, what is the amount of space you left above the tanks for access?

BTW, very nice job on the racks!! I love the way they look.
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Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:51 pm

Deeda wrote:Are those 33 long tanks? If so, what is the amount of space you left above the tanks for access?
Yes. And I just realized the carpenter messed up the measurements as the top and bottom spaces were supposed to be equal. :lol:
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby Mjonesy88 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:02 pm

DJRansome wrote:
Deeda wrote:Are those 33 long tanks? If so, what is the amount of space you left above the tanks for access?
Yes. And I just realized the carpenter messed up the measurements as the top and bottom spaces were supposed to be equal. :lol:


they still look good.
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Postby ahud » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:27 pm

Setup looks really clean and well put together. Congrats.
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Postby 13razorbackfan » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:13 pm

Looking good DJ!!!
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Postby DJRansome » Wed May 02, 2012 7:35 am

We have power! :dancing:

Each tank has a power strip, plus one extra power strip on a timer to power lights for all the tanks. Two flourescent fixtures (moved from elsewhere) overhead in the aisle behind the tanks. Not much room back there for a wide-angle shot.
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I've built and tested one overflow drain. The laundry sink is next to complete "water out", and finally a pipe overhead for "water in".
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby phister » Wed May 02, 2012 12:48 pm

woohoo! we got updates. looking good so far man :thumb:
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