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Well the construction is basically complete. I wired 4 36 watt kits from AH Supply and they produce a ton of light. To aid in cooling I put 3" computer fans at one end to have a constant supply of cool air over the bulbs. All of the tubing for the misting system from Mistking is in place as well as the holes for the drains on each tank. The reservior will be a 5 gallon bucket in the left cabinet and there will be a 2 gallon bucket as a catch for the drains. On the right side on the top pullout shelf will be storage for the fruit fly cultures and below that will house the springtails and other supplies.
All built in the living room of my apartment ( way too much clean-up work and spare dust ).

Enjoy the pics.

rob




 

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dmartin72 said:
Now that is something I would be proud to display in my living room.
Come on you can fit it in your bedroom! :lol:
 

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Thanks for all of the great comments, but sadly this rack will be moved to the "frog room", trying to control the heat in the summer in the living room is way too difficult ( expensive as well ). I am still trying to decide if I want to add a small piece of wood to hide the hydroton, but it doesnt bother me too much yet. If I decide to build another one I would much rather use solid oak or cherry as the stain was a little splotchy in areas. I have 6 tanks fully planted,drilled and frogged, the 7th is what you see, so I need to complete one more to fill it up.

Now what to put in those 2 new tanks........

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Very funny Mike. :p For those of you that don't know, he is obviously poking fun at the way I have my room stuffed to the absolute max! I have 20 tanks and barely any room for myself. I have, however, managed to squeeze a 36" TV in there as well. :shock:

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Come on you can fit it in your bedroom! :lol:
 

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Hey Dmartin72 I know how you feel. I pretty much have the same thing goin on over here. A frog foom with a bed in it.


Wow I never would have thought rob could out do his old setup but here it is. You guys really need to see his tanks.
 

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Well I did some quick photoshop work just to get an idea on how it would look with a couple of my completed tanks in it. I am tooling around with the idea of building a custom tank that is 20" x 20" x 12" deep [ basically the size of 2 10 gallon verts side by side ]. Pricing the glass today to see if it is reasonably priced.

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Wow, that's some amazing photoshop work, it looks completely real. I really like the idea of the bigger tank in the top row.

Keep us updated.
 

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whats up Rob,
Looking good, I gotta come by and see it. I like the idea of the custom tank in the middle, its the perfect size.

Hey no using ps.. lol..

Sal
 

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Yes I designed and built it myself although some of the measurements are a little tight and I might have to do some adjusting.
Well I finally moved the rack into place and put 6 of the 8 tanks in it. I am a little disappointed, thinking that there would be more light but I might have to lower the lights closer to the tanks. I left a sensor in one of the tanks to see how much the cf lights are going to raise the temps and if they go up too much I would have to add additional ventilation. Building something like this and completing it you really learn alot and I would have done so much differently when I plan to build the next one. Later this week I will take pics and post them.

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1. You can never have enough light
2. You can never have enough ventilation for the heat generated from the lights
3. Make sure you can easily reach all compontents to change bulbs, misting heads, drain pipes
4. Always add 1/8" to all measurements when fitting tanks in the shelves
5. Plywood blows [ couldnt think of a more polite way to put it ]

As I use it more, I am sure additional stuff will come to mind.

rob
 
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