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Old 02-03-2013, 11:33 PM   #1 
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recommend me a sturdy bookshelf...

...that can hold two 3 gallon tanks, two 5 gallon tanks, two 2 gallon jars and two 10 gallon tanks. i'm not so concerned with aesthetics as strength, but if you could find me one that's not a metal wire rack that would be far preferrable. thank you!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:31 PM   #2 
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wood with metal enforcement, or.....metal wrapped around wood? same thing, haha....or....have it custom built, find a crafter and tell him your woes, i'm sure he can build something strong enough.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:06 PM   #3 
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good old planks and cement blocks?

http://www.ehow.com/how_4613899_book...ks-boards.html
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #4 
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Two 3 gallon (glass) tanks - approx. 35 lbs (going off that a filled 15 gal is 170) x 2 = 70 lbs
Two 5 gallon (glass) tanks - 62 lbs x 2 = 124 lbs
Two 2.5 gallon jars - approx. 21 lbs (depends on what kind of jars?) x 2 = 42 lbs
Two 10 gallon (glass) tanks - 111 lbs x 2 = 222 lbs

^ Just water weight alone. I really do not think you'll easily find a bookshelf that can hold the weight of multiple fish tanks without reinforcement. Do you have Lowes or Home Depot or some other home improvement store near you? They usually carry those steel shelving units for storage and stuff. Some can hold hundreds or thousands of pounds per shelf. The trick is making sure that you arrange the tanks to evenly distribute the weight or even supposedly heavy duty shelves can collapse.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #5 
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oh i didn't mean all on one shelf, and of course i would bracket the shelf to the wall stud for reinforcement. i wanted to limit the total weight on each shelf to 150 pounds or less (to allow for one 10g, or two 2/3/5g's per shelf)
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #6 
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Here's what you do, buy a really strong steal shelf, then paint it! :D lol
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