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Re: [Killietalk] 20 gallon fish rack
My two cents. I recommend entirely pressure-treated wood, with 4x4s for
vertical posts, 2x6s for long horizontal frames, and 2x4s for struts between
the 2x6s. I wouldn't use plywood for anything. Making certain everything is
squared off with a level, I also place styrofoam insulation panels under the
large tanks, just in case the wood undergoes any twisting. My tanks rest on
the styrofoam panels that rest on the wooden frame. My major rack consists
of two rows of 29s for a total of 16 tanks (viewed on end), and on the top
shelf two rows of as many 10s as I can squeeze in. You can drill and plumb
the large tanks to flow through a trickling filter, but that's another
story. In any case you ought to plumb and drill the rack for airlines
descending from stainless steel valves.
----- Original Message -----
From: <cscral at mindspring_com>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] 20 gallon fish rack
> Why not pine? Are HD normal 8' 2x4's pine or fir?
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Joseph Scanlan <drkillinut at mac_com>
>>Sent: Jul 30, 2008 7:03 AM
>>To: killifish discussion list <killietalk at aka_org>
>>Subject: Re: [Killietalk] 20 gallon fish rack
>>By the way David. When you buy wood make sure it is not pine. I use
>>fir. Also, make sure the wood screws are either brass or coated to
>>prevent rusting. Joe
>>On Jul 28, 2008, at 12:29 PM, djramsey at djramseyonline_com wrote:
>>> I want to redo part of my tank setups. I want to put 5 20 gallon tanks
>>> turn shortway on a single bottom rack. Above that will be 20 longs
>>> or a
>>> lot of 10s. Now a 20 is 24" long so the rack will be 24" wide.
>>> Tanks are
>>> a little over 12" wide, so 5 of them would need 5ft and a couple of
>>> inches. Anyone have any pics of such a rack? Or pictures of a rack
>>> wood that is holding a similar weight? The box store has a 6ft long
>>> monster 3 shelf rack that will work, but it is $150, and still needs
>>> plywood shelves to support the tanks. Seems too expensive if a wood
>>> can be built. I just do not want it to fall down. Being design
>>> challenged, pictures will really help. thanks.
>>> David Ramsey djramsey at djramseyonline_com
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