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Thread: Aquarium Rack setup
12-03-2012, 06:56 PM #1
Aquarium Rack setup
Hello ladies and gentlemen of Aquatic Community. I am new here and this is my first thread aside from my introduction. :)
I am in the process of designing and building a rack to house several aquariums in my basement. I was just going to set up 1 tank but then I remembered how there are so many kinds of fish I would like to keep. I have kept many kinds in the past but have been on hiatus for the past couple of years due to moving too much to keep aquariums. I have a few ideas of how I would like to build the racks but I would love to have input and suggestions from the experts and newbies and everywhere in between. Especially people who have experience with racks. As of now I am not sure exactly how many tanks I will have but I will get as many as the wife will let me have, mostly ranging from 10-20 gallons. I am hoping nothing larger then a 40 breeder.
a few things to consider before suggestions
1) all fish will be small peaceful species. largest fish will be apisto's or GBR.
2) I have a reverse osmosis unit so water chemistry shouldn't be too much a problem despite the fact we have liquid rock here in Edmonton.
3) I would love to rear fry if I am ever so fortunate to have the opportunity. This is one of the major reason for multiple tanks. I have had fish spawn many times on me in the past but never had the means to raise any fry being always limited to 1 tank at a time. To me this would be the most rewarding part of the hobby.
4) I would like only 1 community tank and the rest to be species tanks, aside from amano shrimp in every tank.
So with that being said I am hoping people can suggest either
a) species of fish to keep - They must be small and peaceful. Breeding in the home aquarium is a major plus or any kind of fascinating behavior
b) tank sizes for specific species - input on already selected species would be great!
c) tank configurations for the aquarium racks - this would be super awesome to have suggestions for.
So far species I know I would like to keep for sure in their common names:
German Blue Rams
Celestial Pearl Danios or Galaxy Raspboras
any dwarf species of corydoras.
Cherry red shrimp
All tanks will be using sand and or fine gravel as a substrate with hamburg mattenfilters or general breeder sponge filters. Dirftwood and low maintenance plants also like java ferns and mosses.
As for rack configurations I have a few ideas in mind. Tanks that seem to fit nicely together and could easily build 2 columns of these.
40 breeder on top with 3 15 gallon tanks underneath turned sideways. I think the 40 breeder would well accomodate a breeding pair of gbr's or apistos with some dithers and the 15 gallons can be species specific or for rearing fry. Of course I would need 2 of these setups at least or else 2 rows of 15 gallons.
20 gallon long on top with 3 10 gallon tanks underneath turned sideways. I think the 20 gallon long would be sufficient for a pair of dwarf cichlids but I am not sure. I would like to keep them with dithers for their comfort. Also think the 10g tanks will be a little small for my chosen speciess so far. On the side note I have a few free 10g tanks coming as donations from local aquarists I had dealt with in the past.
Aside from this I really don't have any other ideas. Space isn't much of an issue but I would love to create the illusion that it is smaller then it is for the sake of the wife :)
I know this is a lot and kind of all over the place but I am on meds recovering from a surgery a few days ago so forgive me but I am going crazy sitting here with nothing to do :P
Thanks in advance,
12-03-2012, 08:54 PM #2
My three tier rack was built for a 20L and a 15g on top.
Five 10g size foot print tanks on middle and bottom.
... I have a number of half 10s, that are great for fry.
I put the bottom row high enough up to easily get a siphon working for water changes. My goal was to spawn egg layers and move from easy to harder. Realistically, yeah, right. I usually have various live bearers in the middle tanks and I swapped two 18 x 24 breeder tanks into the bottom row for plecos.
What I'll add someday - fixed PVC tubing with individual fill valves over each tank.
Check out this link, for a fry rearing setup
12-04-2012, 02:49 PM #3
Thanks for the reply dbosman!
Great tip for having the bottom row high enough for siphon action :) I would have definitely overlooked that.
Does anyone have any input on what type of pump I should use to power approximately 8 tanks with air driven filters? I'm guessing the cheapo 30-40 dollar ones from the LFS won't cut it?
12-05-2012, 01:26 AM #4
Hope that helps.
12-05-2012, 05:44 PM #5
I had an air drive pump attached to PVC pipes with airline tubes running to all individual sponge filters in my old set up. I am about to rebuild the same thing. I have a ceramic piston pump that ran my old room of 10's-300's good and now its going to run 6 75s and a group of 10's-29's.
I liked how jacko did his shrimp tank racks if your sole purpose is for fry. As far as aesthetics though, i like to keep same size all the way down so I would do a 40 40 40 then 3 20s on down, etc. easier to keep space correctly.
12-05-2012, 05:46 PM #6
seems like http://www.google.com/imgres?q=fish+...9,r:1,s:0,i:88 is what you are trying to do.,
12-05-2012, 08:19 PM #7
The Luft pumps are great!
Shop around though. Prices vary way more than they should for a classic.
For larger or better or more, check out
12-05-2012, 11:39 PM #8
0Originally Posted by reef12
Originally Posted by SandzOriginally Posted by Sandz
Originally Posted by dbosman
12-06-2012, 10:59 PM #9
0Originally Posted by Pabz0r545
It looks like their cheaper pumps are around 200. Am I going to have to spend that much on air for this project or can I get away with cheaper?
The older and apparently discontinued Coralife Super Luft 35 used to be about $45. The current model I'd suggest for you is this one;
Save $5. here
This one will do a couple of racks of the size you're planning.
If there is a local hydroponics store, they may have one of the above at similar pricing.
12-08-2012, 02:23 AM #10
Sorry should of stated better, but Luft was the name and well lasted a lifetime.
Now you go anyway you want.
But for that many tanks one big pump.