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Hi All,

 

I have been keeping shrimp for a few months now and I have decided I am now quite addicted to the hobby. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I now want a rack so I can add more variety shrimps to my collection. I will wait a few more month before I pull the trigger as I want to make sure I have thought about as much as I can plus I would rather have it ready as summer goes into Autumn.

 

I have been spending a lot of time looking at the journals in these forums over the last couple of weeks and I have tried to pick what I think is the best parts from each rack. Now I am trying to everything on to paper so I can get quotes from various aquarium stores in Perth.

 

I do not have any experience at all with maintaining a rack before and I also have no idea about the plumbing of a rack (I will have to reply on the builder for this). Could you give me your thoughts on and flaws in what I have thought up. I know there are many ppl here that have hands on experience that could help improve my design.

 

I have decided to go with 3 x 48" long 14" high and 24" wide tanks that will be divided into different sections. I was thinking of either 4 for the bottom 2 and 2 for the top or 3 sections for each tank. The reasoning for these dimension is I will have a good water volume and maximise the floor area. Also it seems 48" is quite economical compared to 60".

 

I also have decided I was going to go with a sump for the filtration of the system. Again after thinking about the pros and cons I just like the thought of having a larger water volume to help keep the water parameters constant. I plan to run a couple of canister filters, chiller and heaters through the sump. I will also want either a sponge filter or Undergravel filter for each section. I want to be able to isolate tanks if there are any issues.

 

I am currently thinking the partitions will be stainless steel mesh but I am not a 100% on it yet. What are your experience with it over time?

 

As for the engineering of the cabinets and plumbing I will have to rely on the ppl I choose to build the rack for me. Is there anything I should ask for? I know I want to insulate it from the heat and cold as much as possible and reduce the noise too.

 

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for reading. Cheers

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