Patio Rack build - Comeback thread!

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  1. Ammar

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    Hi All,

    So haven't posted for a while, been busy with a project to move all my tanks into a rack unit that will be installed in my patio. I went from having tanks all over the house to converting my laundry room into a fishroom which was a mission to get to in winter and also i was not enjoying the tanks as they were far away then back to having tanks all over the show and now with the help of master welder @Adrian Gatter, we are 1 week away from completing the masterpiece.

    Below are some pics of what we have so far I will use this thread to show progress and will probably be asking a question or 2.

    The rack plan.. i have not yet worked out filtration or lights..
    the idea is to have 8 X1,5 foot tanks on the top rack, 2X 3foot tanks on the left, a 2M tank in the middle and 2X 45 x45 cubes on the right

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    Are you replacing the 2 meter rainbow fish tank with all these? Or just additions??
     
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    Looks like a very good ideayou starting there. Will defnitly follow this one

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    The 2m rainbow tank is moving to the patio. That the 6foot in the middle.

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    Thanx pierre, im hoping it will work out as planned. Inwas thinking of a central heating tank, im not sure what i will do there. Not to keen on heating each of the 1,5 foots on its own

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    It looks like your patio is enclosed. If that is the case I would install 2 pannel heaters, behind the 6ft, on the wall. This should supply you with enough heat. You might not even need a heaterfor the 6ft in winter.

    I use one of those panel heaters, during winter, in my fish room. Keeps the rooms temp at 24°. I only heat the tank that is running at 27°.

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    Thank you. Patio fish room will be awesome for water changes. Good luck moving that beast
     
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    That can work, maybe with a blanket over the whole setup. For night time.. or i could light up a fire in the braai area

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    Yes moving it is going to take some man power. Especially that i want to keep the current scape. Will drain it from all water ovbiously but there is still 2 bags of pfs to deal with and the hardscape. [​IMG]

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    I reckon run copper pipes through the braai chimney then you have to braai every day.
     
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    I like that idea

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    Going to be hetic. Never moved a tank with hardscape before hopefully it won't be too risky
     
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    great project
     
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    If it was memoving that aquarium I will remove everything. Much easier to rescape than to fix a cracked pannel

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    I think it'll be okay if you carry it on the stand. I'd put the stand onto a moving dolly and wheel it. It only has to go like 10 meters with no stairs.
     
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    @Ammar awesome to see you back
    And wow what a great project
    It's going to look fantastic
    Look forward to the updates
     
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    Thanks @MariaS, will def have some soon, the will be a bit of cycling time and then fill up tanks, good thing is i can at least plant while i cycle.
    @pierreschoonraad, i've spent so much time scaping that tank and i doubt ill get it right again, and i noticed i loose a lot of plants on a rescape.
    as Adrian said, its a very shot distance, i can always add some polystyrene on the inside to protect the glass.
     
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    I think I might have miss read your plans. If the tank is moved with the stand, it means that the space for it is created in such a way that the current stand fits in, and the new stand will wrap around it.

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    Correct yes. So a unit on either side of the current 2m tank linked at the top making a shelf for the smaller shrimp tanks.

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