Quadruple 40 Breeder Aquarium Rack

More fishroom builds. This time it’s a rack
for four 40 gallon breeder tanks. I’m going to show you exactly what I did and
why. That’s coming up. Steve Poland here, Steve Poland Cichlids,
stevepolandcichlids.com And I have been busy. I basically decided that the area in my basement
that’s pretty much half a fishroom might as well be a whole fish room. It’s a small room, so space is tight, but
I had this 6 foot area that I knew I wanted to use to add some tanks. So I set about to create a plan for a rack
system. I had three main considerations: 1. Maximize the space Like I said, it’s a small area. So I had to
limit this build to about 6 feet wide by about 20 inches deep. In a situation like the the gut instinct might
be to just throw a couple of 125s in there or 150s and call it a day. But that doesn’t work because of consideration
#2: 2. Don’t break the bank 125s and 150s are expensive tanks. Even if
you find them used. And Petco’s dollar per gallon sale is still
going on so it just made sense to try and limit this to the sizes that they’re selling. So that’s 10s, 20s, 29s, 40 breeders, or 55s. And the potential arrangement of those tanks
brings me to my third consideration which is: 3. Tank divisions I wanted the benefit of having a lot of separate
tanks for fry and juveniles without having to do an excessive number of water changes
on separate tanks. I also wanted to tie these tanks into the
continous drip system that I’ve shown you in previous videos. So this is how I settled on a rack with four
40 breeders. They’re 3 feet long and 18 inches deep, so
that leaves me enough room to have two rows, with enough clearance in between, and then
even enough room on top given the space that I have, to possibly have a shelf up top for
storage, or maybe even more tanks. It was also kind of a happy medium between
having two big tanks and a ton of really small tanks. It also gives me two extra natural divisions
of the tanks, and I knew that I was going to add dividers to at least one of the 40
breeders to give me even more. Ok, now on to the build. First I grabbed the tanks from Petco because
I didn’t want them to sell out. You neven know with these sales. For the rack itself I used the same design
as the rack I showed you a couple of weeks ago for my two 55s, but this time I tried
to get some video of the process. I cut the pieces to size with the miter saw. I cut the dados with the circular saw. I then assembled each side and connected them
together. I went with 2x6s for the spans this time because they’re 6 feet wide. This may have been overkill but I didn’t want
to put uprights between the tanks. This is the stand once it was fully assembled. One nice thing about the 40 breeder tanks
vs the 55s I did last time is that you can drill them for overflows. This makes running
the drip system much easier. Drilling tanks might seem scary but it’s actually
really simple. You just need a diamond coated hole saw and some patience. I ran water over
the part I was drilling to keep it cool. I also painted the backs of the tank black
as usual. Drilling and painting four tanks went much faster because I was doing them
assembly line style. Once I had the tanks ready I test fit them
on the stand. They fit perfectly so I was ready to paint the stand black and work on
plumbing the overflows. Each tank has a 3/4 inch bulkhead that connects
to pvc which then runs down to my pvc drain pipe. This pipe connects to the floor drain
on the other side of the room. These bulkheads are halfway down the tank
which gives me some flexibility. I can either have the standpipe all the way up so that
as the drip system fills the tank it slowly overflows, or I can rotate the pipe downward
to quickly drain the tank. As for the tank dividers, I bought a piece
of acrylic and cut it to size. I drilled small holes in the pieces to allow
water to flow between the sections. The holes are small enough that fry can’t swim through
them. I then siliconed the dividers in place. I
realize that the bond of the silicone to the acrylic may not hold up over time but that’s
ok. I have brackets with suction cups holding the sheets firmly in place. The silicone is
just there to block the gaps where the acrylic doesn’t completely touch the glass. Now that the rack is done I’m working on some
improvements to my central air system and my continous drip system that I’ll show you
over the next couple of weeks. I think this build turned out great. I’d love
to hear what you think in the comments. And if this is your first time here at Steve
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Comments 42

  • Great video! !

  • Nice upgrade your fish room is looking amazing big thumbs-up, keep up the great work & as always happy fish keeping everyone poof I'm gone 💥 3822

  • Great video as always. Thumbs up

  • Awesome!

  • Racks on Racks on Racks… Good vid

  • What are your ultimate goals? Selling fish locally, Craigslist, Shipping? Great video, look forward to the next one.

  • Ohh yes more tanks = more fun.

  • Damn Steve. Great job man. Love the thought and work that went in. You even used Primer on the outside PNC joints! Not messing around!

  • this is an amazing build pal. I would love to be able to have a setup like this. Drilling tanks has always scared the life out of me but you have made it look very simple. Great video pal.

  • Amazing mate! I'm going to build this next week! Thank you

  • Looks great Steve! Now how did you cut the acrylic dividers? I recently and trying to cut plexi glass to make some diy sliding lids. But from what I find it requires etching like you were scoring Sheetrock. Just wondered if acrylic is the same way? Maybe easier

  • Damn Steve, looks awesome! Are you going to be selling fish?

  • Steve love your tanks and channel you help out a lot especially for beginners, what is the name brand of paint do you use for your tanks?

  • Brilliant build buddy

  • Dude my hats off…you're videos are just incredible…I see very big things in your future hear on Yotube

  • I like the way you have your bulk heads and rotate them down for quick drain could you maybe make a video of its construction?

  • How is the rack holding up? I'm thinking of building one for two 40g long and two 55g. All have a 48" x 12.5" footprint.

  • Fantastic! I'd love to see some videos from you on cichlid aggression, as I am interested in your methods and theories on it. As well as cichlid foods.

  • Very good info !!..  After  many years of luv'n Cichlids and really liking Saulosi, realizing their low numbers, and hearing many people wanting quality fish I decided to go ahead and put my reasonable knowledge and large effort into starting a small Saulosi fishroom. Many years ago I had a fishroom with Angelfish breeding much but life forced me to shut that down and wait  until now to pick back up. There are many ideas on you tube but I must say your work and thoughts are clean and in line with what I eventually want. I have a 180 show tank and just set up a 55 gallon breeder tank for Saulosi.  Am building a rack for the 6 10 gallon fry tanks and plan on also doing a 4-40 gallon rack and also a 6-20 gallon rack.  I will pay more attention to you as I have already subscribed and would appreciate any advice or insight. Thanks

  • What brand of paint did you use for the back of the tanks?

  • What paint did you use?

  • What type of mesh/screening did you use at the top of your stand up pipe?

  • Nice build. How did you get the PVC pipe to be able to tilt down without it leaking? If i could get something like that it can save me allot of time with my current build.

  • Nice videos! I don't think i'm ready to do the advanced filtration things you are doing but will keep them in mind. I started with a 55 gallon tank and then a 40 gallon breeder…. Just bought 2 more 40 gallon breeders today. lol. Painting your tanks back black seems like a great idea! I saw in another video you painted the bottom black also. Does that show through on the bottom if you don't put gravel in? It seems the bottom of tanks have a mirror effect. And what if you decide you didn't want your dividers in anymore. Would that be a nightmare to use a razor to scrape it off?

  • I'm going to be building a rack just like this & I'm figuring out how much wood etc right now, what is the distance you have the top row of tanks set at from the floor?

  • Great video I'm actually going to be doing the same as you. One question is there a reason why you used two elbows from your bulk head? Why not just one so it swings left to right?

  • I choose yours father than others. thank you so much.
    keep make video.

  • How has this rack held up? I'm curious as I'm about to build a rack to hold two 40b's on top, end to end(6 foot wide) with two 20 longs on bottom.

  • may i know the size of the tank?

  • Great job! A very clean well organized video. Awesome tutorial with clear systematic instruction. You know Steve, every time I view one of your videos the words clean, neat, coordinated, methodical, detailed, skilled, disciplined, and humble come to mind. I'm not certain all of the great instruction is duplicatable for all of us? IMHO it translates exceptionally well to your audience, or least to me. Whether your talents, and abilities are natural or cultivated I can't say? I can say with confidence your videos have given me a sharp mental picture of where I want to go in managing my fish and the hobby. Thanks dude.

  • Mutt man!!!

  • You hole placement is not optimal but will work. For safety you want to drill closer to the top for safety.

  • what is the thing covering the overflow in the tank

  • Steve i love ur perfectionism. I'd do things exactly the same. I cant stand people when they do dodgy short cut jobs and end up looking rushed. Only thing im surprised with in the build is that you didnt paint the frame while you had the black paint out 😛

  • I'm currently in the same boat as you. Glad I found this video!

  • Hello Steve. I'm from Russia, I beg your pardon for my English. Tell me please, what is the size of the bar you used to make the rack? Thank you.

  • Another great video! Thanks again.

  • I like the design you did with the tank dividers. I’m hesitant of making them transparent like yours because I’m wondering if it may stress the fish being able to see each other all the time. I was thinking of possibly making the dividers a solid color instead. Am I crazy? What’s your thoughts or experience with that?

  • Your dividers look really awful. Totally spoils.

  • Great video Steve and I plan on building this one I just noticed where your tanks meet in the middle you have no 2 by 4 or 2 by 6. I thought glass tanks needed support on all four sides of the bottom

  • I’m curious to the dimensions of the rack. Each shelf has to be a little over 6 foot right?

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