Betta Barracks

Red1313

Member
Ok so I've been toying around with the design for some betta barrack units, and I'd thought I'd get your guys's opinion on this set up.
I drew it up on Google SketchUp but couldn't put the shelves in without it wanting to be goofy so where the lines are on the back are where the shelves would be.

Quick over view:
The actual barracks are on the top three shelves, right now I've designed it with containers of 6x4x6 (lwh) in mind. However since I haven't sourced my containers yet this isn't final. The big bottom shelf will hold a 20 gallon long for the spawns (I'm planning to go with the "father in" method). Sitting under the whole thing is going to be the sump.
Since space is a premium in my place any idea's are appreciated.

Thanks guys all feed-back welcome
 

rae64

Member
Looks great! I hope that construction will be easy, if it were me I would be looking for something commercially made... perhaps a multi-shelf unit or something that I could use, but that's just me
 
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Red1313

Member
I looked into that too rae but the shelving I'd like to use isn't cheap enough, and what's cheap enough I don't trust to hold... However 2x4 and plywood can be pretty cheap
 

rae64

Member
Yes, they are very cheap! Sounds like a plan!
 

outlaw

Member
Looks like a cool idea. What about having the 2 supports at the top go all the way through to the floor for the main support, then bring the angled legs off that to keep it from tipping over? Having all the weight of at least 3 tanks on 1 solid support and a joint imo doesn't seem safe enough. just my 2 pennies worth

Here's a pic of what I mean. The red would be the full 2x4.


Also as a side note? Make sure weight for the total structure won't be an issue for your floor.
 
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Red1313

Member
Well there was supposed to be another piece of 2x4 where the "bend" is and across to the back leg that would support the shelve but that was another piece the sketch-up wouldn't let me draw... however I like your full 2nd leg
 

outlaw

Member
I like the look of your design better but I would prefer safety and dry floors. Please don't take that as it was bad. I think it would benefit structurally from 4 full legs with 2 assisting legs
 
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Red1313

Member
Haha safety and dry floors are a priority And no worries I wanted feedback You never know what you're overlooking till someone points it out lol
 

outlaw

Member
Yeah, I've had to do that, you get a set of fresh eye's on something and they go "what about that?". My response "ooohhhh, ummm?" lol

Don't forget to get sealer for the wood. Can't have soggy wood! lol
 
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Red1313

Member
Haha now that is something I totally forgot about
 

outlaw

Member
Yey, that is 2 times this week already my hamster was able to make the bulb light up!

The other was for bassbonediva. lol
 
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Red1313

Member
That Hampster is slowly getting in shape
 

outlaw

Member
Don't tell the hamster that. It may start to slack off.

Either way, make sure to take progress pics

Good Luck
 

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