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  1. hey guys, hope this is helpfull for some people, just how to build a simple but strong 2 tier stand. all up cost $45 and 3 hours own labour. all structual pine. this will hold a 6 x 2 x18 on top and a 5.5 x 2 x 18 custom tank on bottom...................... happy tanking guys mike
  2. Hey guys Im getting back in the game after 4-5years of being without a tank so im brainstorming ideas for a new 3 tier setup for the first time, ive only ever had individual tank setups of various sizes before. The tanks sizes im contemplating are 3 x 15 x 18h or 4 x 15 x 18h Ill be building the rack from timber or if I can find a good 2nd hand steel one up for sale ill grab that depending on price differences. Ill be sources tanks new or second hand but want them all the same matching sizes. The one thing that has me a bit stumped is the filtration and water flow setup, I want to keep it simple yet effective and trying to keep the price of things down...taking power consumption into consideration also but not really a priority haha. Which way should I go with it, external canisters, internal filters only or sump....which I don't really want to do as space is a little limited in my garage as I tend to work on my car a lot....with tools, engine stands, benches ect in there also. Any pics, suggestions, thread links or even items for sale would be much appreciated Cheers
  3. Hey guys just thought i would put up some pics of what i've been building today to keep my fry in. Still need to build tank for top then vinyl wrap like lower two tanks. Pretty wrapped with outcome as steel is normally my thing being a sheet metal fabricator.
  4. hey guys just wanna get an idea of what size steel would be ideal for a 2 tier 6x2x2ft stand. or if anyones made one before and would like to share designs cheers
  5. Hey all Just doing up a design for the 4ft, 2 tier timber stand/cabinet i want to make. Have a look a pic and tell me what you think, not sure if i need another support on the front, in the middle. Stand is just on 5ft long & 4ft high & just over 1ft deep. Made it longer so i could put canisters in there as well. Will skin it with 3mm ply Will use 75x40 pine for the frame. Cheers Dan
  6. My housing situation, being in a share house, means that my Aquaria is limited to one room, being my bedroom. Hence I'm interested in utilising the 3 feet between my 4fter and my desk with some sort of multi-tanked setup. However, it being in my bedroom, I would like it to hold some aesthetic/display value, as well as having closed cupboard space for cannisters etc. Hence I was wondering if two tiered cabinets are readily available for 2ft tanks? I could possibly stretch it to 3ft if that were the only option. Would it be as easy as posting a WTB on the forum? Or would it be a custom built affair? If so can anyone recommend me an expert willing to tackle such a task in the name of capital interest / innovation!?
  7. Hey I'm putting together a tier setup which will consist of a 4/2/2 then 4x 2/1/1.5 on top running at 90 degrees to 4ft if that makes sense this will all run thru a 4/1.5/1.5 sump. This will be my first tier setup and was wondering what gap do people suggest between the four foot and the two foots I was thinking somewhere between 20-30cm I want good access to the main tank however the higher I go the less access I'll have to the top tanks. Any advice would be great thanks
  8. Hey all. Just wandering if anyone has experience with building their own tank racks or if anyone could point me in the right direction or share any plans they have for building a rack. Any help greatly appreciated. Cheers Lennox
  9. All, Looking for thoughts or known ways of how to pack a 3 tier (tray) external filter. What media /filter wool/carbon..etc....would be best used and in what order. Someone may have a proven way that works really well. Thanks.
  10. hey guys i am just about to start my rack was just looking for some ideas and some pointers of what to use.... ok so i am going to sump this rack i will have 2 4ft tanks on top level and 2 on the bottom i am going to put a sump under rack what size sump will i need for the bio of this rack. and pipe sizes for flow and return i will have the top 2 tanks flowing into bottom 2 then from bottom 2 into sump... then the sump will feed back into top 2 tanks... very simple but i need to know pipe size and flow rates for a good turn over and a good return pump what size its about 2m head to top of the top of the top 2 tanks any ideas are welcome.... i will be adding 19mm ply to the chip board that is on racking to add strength to shelfs and will be sealing the ply and chip board so no water damage can occur... thank you in advance for any help or tips... =]
  11. Hi All Iv got a 2 tier 3ft tanks set up and have the top tank drain into the bottom the have an external filter hooked up for filtering and return. Now the filter is only a Rena Xp2 and Iv got some Common and albino catfish in the tanks at the mo and the filter is fine at the moment but Im going to be butting some more fish in. I want to upgrade to a bigger filter. Now was thinking of and renna xp3 but is there something as good or better and uses about the same power? I did try an eheim 2217 but when i tried, power out, the filter was unable to pump the water back up, but the renna has no trouble, dont know if that has to do with the eneim having a the inlet top and bottom? Any help or ideas or info would be Fantastic! By the way dont have room for a sump. Thanks
  12. Gday Everyone, Just wondering wheres the best place to get plans for building a Steel Tiered stand.. Im still up in the air about configuration, im thinking 4 Tanks,{ 4ft x 2 x 2ft} standing in a 2 by 2 setup.. And room underneath for either smaller tanks or sump.. Does anyone know where to get plans, or who can build these at reasonable rates.. Thankyou for all your help and ideas.. Cheers Steve { Or if any one wants to trade a running similar system, for a display qaulity 8 x 2 x2 {4months old} Steel stand, Cabinet build around, Hood, 2x T5 lights Twin Tubes, Several spare Tubes..
  13. I'm hoping some of you fish system experts read this and are able to give me the benefit of your expertise. I'm buying a 3 tier, 6 tank set up and will need to connect the tanks to a sump. They're 60cm x 60cm x 50cm and hold 180l each. They've been set up individually so I'll have to start from scratch. Can you give me any advice as to the best way to do that? I need advice on: * the size of sump that would be needed to do the job; * the type & size of pipe I'll need; & * how to calculate how much I'll need to network all the tanks; * the best way to run the network - air pump, connectors etc; * what other bits and pieces I'll need. Thanks for your time and for reading this post. Cheers, Deborah 0432 358 740 dlthomas@activ8.net.au
  14. I am going to order some rhs and was wondering what you all think for this sized setup? I was thinking 40x40 2mm wall? Steve
  15. I am getting a 3 Tier stand with a 4ft on top and a 3ft in the middle and 3ft below. I am just wondering if I can use one of my canisters to filter the 3 of them. I have drawn a basic picture of what i think might work. Just curious if other people have tried this or if they think it will even work. Also i am curious to know what size holes and fittings I'll need in the tanks if the Canister is to be around 1500LPH. Cheers In Advance Brenton
  16. I have been thinking how i want to filter my two tier 125s. At the moment I am either going to make some large glass or acrylic air driven filters. or do something along these lines with what i have lying around. My main concern is the 1200lph canister not really being able to handle the height of the top tank which is 157cm from the ground the other power head is only 1200lph aswell. Does it look like it will work? Cheers Jaicob.
  17. Original link is here: http://www.qldaf.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&p=75260#p75260 I made a 4 foot version of this stand yesterday (I got a handy mate to help), and it took about 4 hours. I made my stand quite a bit shorter, because there is not much head room under my house. Bunnnings gave me the pine with the ridges on it, but I reckon it'll paint up a treat. I'll get some photos and costings up soon.
  18. Instructions and wood sizes at the bottom. This will house 3 Tanks 900X460X460 or 3 foot X 18" X 18" You can make this a 4 foot 3 tier stand and have the alterations at the end. This is the tools that I used and the wood. End result Front View Side View Timber I used in total 18 meters. The timber came in 6 meter lengths so I got 3 and 9cm X 3.5cm I bought the timber from Bunnings and was $2.35 per meter. Timber $42.30 8 Bolts with washers and nuts. Bolts need to go through 7cm of wood plus the size of the washer and nut. Bolts were about $1 each 50 Pack of screws. The ones I got were 6.5cm long. Screws were about $9 So in total less than $60 When I bought the timber from Bunnings they have an area where they can cut the timber. I got them to cut the following lengths. 151cm X 4 (Vertical Corners) 102cm X 6 (Horizontal Shelf Lengths) 95cm X 2 (Horizontal Center of shelf support) 46cm X 4 (Horizontal Top and Middle Tier Braces) 39cm X 4 (Base Bottom Tier) Refer to the side view picture on how the cuts should be done and follow the below instructions. On the 4 X 151cm Vertical corners mark bottom of one end. All measurements will be from the bottom so that you are not a couple of millimeters out. The 4 X 151cm Vertical corners need to have 3 cut outs on them. Tip:- If you Clamp the 4 pieces together to do the cutouts you will get a neater finish. On the bottom you need to cut out 9cm X 3.5cm Then measure up 62cm from the cut or 71cm from the bottom. Do another cut 9cm X 3.5cm I used 62cm to allow a gap of 7cm to brace or 16cm to middle tier. The last cut you can do from the top of the 4 X 151cm Vertical corners again 9cm X 3.5cm. If you used the clamp just make sure the timber is even at the top if not trim. (Bunnings do not usually cut exactly) Lay down 2 of the 151cm cut outs with both the bottom markings at one end. Get 3 of the 102cm Vertical pieces and put them in the cut outs. If a bit big for the cutouts sand back or file the cut outs to fit. Make sure that it is square. Put wood glue in the cut outs. Drill 2 holes through the Horitontal 102cm lengths going through to the cut outs. Screw in two screws into each of the holes. I counter sunk the holes to have a neater finish. Do this for each of the 9 cut outs. You should now have a frame. Follow the above 8 steps for the other side of the frame. Rest the two frames on their side with bottom marked at the same end. Get 2 of the 46cm pieces. Put one under the top tier and the other under the middle tier. You need to drill 1 hole all the way through each of the ends of the 46cm pieces and the frame. This drill hole needs to be big enough for the bolt goes through. Screw in 4 of the bolts into each hole and tighten Turn over the frame to the opposite sided and do the above 5 steps on the other side. Lay the frame on either the front or the back. Get 4 of the 39cm pieces. This is for the bottom. Look at this image as this is how they fit in. The measurement is up to you with even spaces or similar to what I have done. Where each of the 4 of the 39cm pieces fit to the frame again drill 2 holes through the frame and into the ends of the 39cm pieces and screw in 2 screws into each of the two holes of each piece. Roll over the frame and do the same for the other side. Stand up the stand on its base. With the 2 of the 95cm pieces they fit on the top tier and middle tier for a center support as you can see in the side view. I used the left over pieces from the cut outs 9cm X 3.5cm on either side of the 95cm pieces and screwed them into the frame to hold the center support in place. To make this a 3 Tier 4 foot stand simply add 40cm to each of the horizontal lengths. 151cm X 4 becomes 191cm X 4 102cm X 6 becomes 142cm X 6 95cm X 2 becomes 135cm X 2 You follow the same instructions just with the substitutions. Enjoy and have fun. Took me about 4 hours with beer...would be a bit longer with out beer and may not look as good.
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