Paramecium & infusoria are easy to culture at home. Not sure why more people aren't breeding them. Don't sell them to LFS, sell them to APSA community. We should actually encourage more people to breed them (and other easy to breed fish) locally and improve the lines rather than continuously importing poor quality fish from the east. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

Those foods are waaaay too big for CPD fry... Paramecium and Infusoria as first food after yolk is absorbed. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

Please share your experiences on these... From what I understand brineshrimp is preferred because they are small - smaller than microworms etc... not sure if that the main reason people prefer them...

Update time: on Friday I was supposed to play golf with my dad but it rained the whole day so started building the stand instead. Changed the design a bit - want 3 tiers now but the top tier is a shelf. Just wanted something I could hang lights on and store buckets, rocks, wood or anything that isn't too heavy. Now I need to get some more 38 mm tubing and a few more connect-it blocks. http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/o601/TheGrissom/3.Cut steel_zps6hx0szgu.jpg http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/o601/TheGrissom/4.Bottom Tier_zps5kj7pwng.jpg Took about 2 hours to build which included cutting the steel, going to Buco to get a drill bit and some pop rivets and putting it all together. Upside of Connect-it blocks is that they are easy to work with and building is very simple. Downside is that they are a bit pricey although still cheaper than buying myself a welder

Thanks. No. I bought 4.8 mm pop rivets and only had a 6 mm metal drill bit so I had to buy a 4.8 mm one.

It's looking pretty awesome! If you wouldn't mind sharing; roughly how much would a stand like this cost?

No I didn't. Going to put each tank on plywood which is going to sit on the steel frame. Since the photos were taken I have added a brace at the center back which will prohibit what you are describing

Exactly as it is there about R350. But since I want additional tiers the total build is going to be about R1100. This excludes plywood and black paint so I am guessing about R1500

Its a once off expense. Rather than cutting corners I would rather do a proper job. At the end of the day this stand needs to last many, many years. Once I have my tanks on it and am enjoying them I wont even be thinking about the cost of the stand

So I decided to look into this and do some calculations, just in case others want to find out if a certain steel tube size is enough to hold up x amount of weight. Although I did study engineering briefly, the following is advice given to me by a qualified engineer. Go through the calculations again, just in case I missed anything. This is not my area of expertise. I am just one of those people who spends time researching everything, so please also feel free to correct me. I am using online calculators to actually make the math simpler. So you don't need to know much engineering math to do this. To calculate this we want to determine the following. Tank Size & total Mass on 1 tier/shelf. Weight (see definition below) Stand Size based on your tank size Section Modulus of your square tube. (Definition Below) Bending Moment ( Local Extremum) based on stand width without center support. Bending Capacity of your chosen steel tube. Conclude if the steel will suffice or if center supports are needed Bending moment with center support Let's just relate this with Brenton's (TheGrissom) example and assume all stands are built with welds as shown. With D being the depth and L being the length. Height does not need a definition (Kinda obvious). 1. Tank Size & Mass - http://theaquatools.com/building-your-aquarium/ Tank size - 900x300x300 (mm) Tank glass+water mass - 93 kg (0.093 ton) We then want to decide how many of those tanks we want per tier and the orientation we want to place them on each tier. In Brenton's case, it's just one tank placed with the long side of the tank facing forward. So that makes the total mass per tier 93 kg. Mass - 93 kg (0.093 ton) 2. Determine the weight - http://www.endmemo.com/physics/force.php So by now you may be confused between weight and mass. So here's a quick quote. "The mass of an object is a measure of the object's inertial property, or the amount of matter it contains. The weight of an object is a measure of the force exerted on the object by gravity, or the force needed to support it. The pull of gravity on the earth gives an object a downward acceleration of about 9.81 m/s^2." So to calculate the weight we simply use the calculator linked above. Mass - 93 kg Acceleration - 9.81 m/s^2 Weight - 0.91233 kN (Please use the dropdown menu in the calculator to change from N to kN) 3. Stand size Ideally, you want the shelf dimensions (D and L) to match your tank D and L. This will provide the most efficient and safe load bearing. If you are using a board across each shelf, this becomes less of an issue but bay cause problems over time if the wood swells with water. Brenton decided to go with a Length of 1.2m and use boards on each shelf. The Depth of the stand wasn't defined but is not needed to qualify your steel of choice. Most of the load bearing is done by the the longer horizontal beams and vertical colums if your tanks are positioned correctly as shown. We want to assume that the tanks are NOT positioned correctly and that all load bearing is done by the front and back horizontal beams (beams that form the length). This will be the case with MOST multi tank stands with tank orientation front-to-back or left-to-right. Front-to-back and positioned on a board away from load bearing beam edges. If you use this method with 8-12mm plywood and the tanks are positioned more than 50mm away from the edge of the closest load bearing beam, you will need a 3rd horizontal support along the length or depth to prevent the ply from flexing under load like shown here. So just be mindful of this when designing your stand. Brenton's tank length - 1.2m 4. Section modulus of your square steel tube - https://www.engineersedge.com/calculators/section_square_case_10.htm Definition quote "Section modulus is a geometric property for a given cross-section used in the design of beams or flexural members. Other geometric properties used in design include area for tension and shear, radius of gyration for compression, and moment of inertia and polar moment of inertia for stiffness." Simply use the linked calculator to determine the Section Modulus value. In this example, we are using 38mmx38mm with a wall thickness of 2mm. We don't really need the other values but are nice to have if you want to tinker. Bar profile - Our External width and height is the same - 38mm and our internal width and height is the same - 34mm Section modulus as derived from the calculator using above profile - 3284.21053 mm^3 5. Bending Moment based on stand width without center support. - http://beamguru.com/online/beam-calculator/ Unfortunately, this is where some form of 'smarticles' is involved but, I will guide you through using this calculator. We want to determine how much the steel bars flex under the load of the tanks+water (weight not mass). Firstly, to use this we need to remember our weight that we calculated earlier and the length of our stand. Weight - 0.91233 kN Brenton's tank length - 1.2m Now that we know the above we can calculate the bending moment at x= length/2 (pretty much the halfway point of the beam) We also must remember that the front and back horizontal beams share the weight so our weight value must be divided by at least 2. Weight per beam will therefore be 0.91233 kN / 2 = 0.4561 kN Step 1 - In the calculator make sure your units of measurement is Meters (m) and your units of force is Kilonewton (kN). Change it if it appears differently. Step 2 - Next, you want to look at "Setting the support of beam" section. Once you find it, click on the first little icon that looks like a santa hat. That is a Pin support. Once you click it, it will ask where you want to place it. Select ON THE LEFT. Step 3 - Then look at the icon that looks like handcuffs. That's a Roller support. Once you click on it, it will ask you where you want to place it. Select ON THE RIGHT. Step 4 - Next, focus to your top-right and find the box that says "Setting loads of beam". Step 5 - Once you find it, click on the icon that looks like a garden fork. This is the Uniform distributed load button. Once you click it, it will ask you to define values for - Start Location - Use Zero End Location - Use Stand Length (in this case 1.2m) Load/Magnitude - Which is our Weight divided by the length - 0.91233/1.2 = -0.07602kNm (Make sure the value is negative to define that the direction of the load is from above. Click add and you're done with that. Step 6 - Focus on the box below "Setting the bending diagrams of beams". You want to make sure all boxes are checked (Just so there is consistency between our steps) Step 7 - Click "SOLVE" Step 8 - Scroll Right Down to the Bottom of the calculations and find the solution titled "Local extremum at the point x = 0.66". This is the halfway point of the 1.2m beam. The solution is 0.01 (kN*m) 6. Bending Capacity of your chosen steel tube You want to know the bending capacity of your chosen square tube to know how much of load it can bare per meter. To calculate this - Section Modulus x Steel yield strength of 275 N/mm^2 (Standard) Our section modulus was calculated earlier and the solution is - 3284.21053 mm^3 So, 3284.21053 mm^3 x 275 N/mm^2 = 903157.89575 Nmm (Take note of Exponent Rules*, N/mm^2 is the same as Nmm^-2 , so exponents are added 3 + (-2) = 1 .....) 903157.89575 Nmm / 1000 = 903.157Nm Therefore 903.157/1000 = 0.90315kNm Now that we know the bending capacity in kNm (kilonewton*meter) We can use this value to find the minimum load (Yield) that it will take to bend the tube anywhere along it's length. Read more about it here - https://www.cmrp.com/blog/faq/how-is-section-modulus-used-in-bending-steel.html So now we can compare the bending moment of the steel (Local extremum) which we calculated earlier to the bending yield. Bending moment - 0.01kNm vs 0.90315kNm - Yield Just by looking at the above comparison we can see that it would take 90 x the EVENLY DISTRIBUTED load for each beam (front and back) bend critically. If our bending moment was greater or equal to the yield, we will need to add a center support to each beam at 0.66m and our bending moment will have to be recalculated as shown but, this time using an overall length of 0.66m. The Local extremum will naturally be at 0.33m. If the bending moment is STILL greater than the yield, you may want to consider choosing a larger size of square tube. In this case, we would go from 38mm to 50mm square is the bending moment was greater. The minimum square tube size for Brenton's example would have been 12mm square (1.6mm wall) with a yield of 0.056kNm. You can safely double that to get a safe minimum of 25mm with a wall thickness of 1.6mm which will have a yield of 0.3020kNm - AKA OVERKILL. This is assuming that the load is placed on the stand correctly and evenly distributed. When stacking tiers to make multiple levels, you will also need to consider column buckling. Honestly, after doing calculations, there's no way you'll ever get to those limits with home aquariums. I know that the above is a lot to go through and I may have not been accurate with some numbers (please correct) but, I hope this helps you design your tank stands correctly. DISCLAIMER: As much as I've tried to provide information that is both helpful and accurate as I could possibly get, the above is just a guide. You will need to review this and calculate this based on your needs. Your steel may have manufacturing defects and may fail at lower yields. The above does not account for these defects. The above assumes that all steel is BRAND NEW and not some rusted crap you had laying outside from the 90's. Use the above guide responsibly and position tanks over ALL load bearing beams and columns to ensure the best safety. You may also want to WELD joints where possible. The above guide assumes that you will be welding and not using connecting blocks as those will have a different yield and may be a fail-point. You are responsible for your own stupidity. Try and be as accurate as possible with calculations. I can't be responsible for changes to the above calculators and/or inaccurate solutions (either by miscalculation or by software error) that result in failure. Review your numbers and make safe choices!

Thanks for this TankMaster. So bottom line is my stand is going to stand the test of time. I am going to have custom tanks build as the length the stand is 124 cm (I never took the size of the Connect it blocks into account). So the tank will be 120 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm coming in at 108L. Adding substrate I will have a weight of about 115 kg per tank. I have built the other tiers but still need to pop rivet them together and put them on the 1st tier. Here i experienced my first problem - my ladder on the wall is in the way (fortunately not a major problem and easily solved). So now I am going to move the ladder about 30 cm (requiring just 2 holes in the wall and for me to move the left bracket to the right side of the right bracket. Will probably have the stand built this weekend. Will post pics when I am done.

This changes things significantly. I would suggest you build the tanks 124cm as well. There will be waaay too much shear force acting on those blocks. I notice you have a vertical support, that may help a bit but please be careful! So based on the above, your bending moment (Without support) will now be - Mass - 240kg Weight - 2.4328kN / 2 beams = 1.2164 kN Weight over length (Per meter) - 0.4054 kN/m Bending Moment (Local extremum at the point x = 0.60) - 0.07 (kN*m) So 0.07 kNm vs 0.90kNm , still safe.

So I am on 14:00 - 22:00 shift this week meaning that after I drop the kids off at school I am free to do as I please. Today I decided to move the ladder and finish building the stand and pop rivet everything into place. It came out well IMO. Next is getting black paint - something my dad is going to do on Wednesday as it is pensioners day at Buco. I have to choose between hammer black and smooth black - I am leaning towards hammer black. Also looking to get 18 mm plywood but I only need 1/4 sheet and Buco wont sell that to me so I am looking around. Will spend some time on the interweb tonight and see what I come up with.