Regal für Wasserfloh-Zuchtbecken bauen | Building a stand for my Daphnia breeding tank

Hello and welcome! In this video, I show you how I have built this shelf for my Daphnia breeding tank! I startet breeding daphnia some time ago
and put breeding tank just on the floor of my kitchen. I link the video about that in the upper right corner. The breed was quite successful, but I would haveI liked it, If algae would have grown in the tank as food for the daphnia. But the location was too dark for that. Also on the floor in front of the window there was not enough light and my windowsill is too narrow to put the box up there. I also did not want to take the tank down,
every time I had to open the window. So I came up with the idea to build ​​a shelf out of wood leftovers I had laying around in the basement. For the construction I used roof battens. I cut them to length with the jigsaw. For the board of the shelve I took glue laminated timber. You can also ask in the hardware store
if they cut your timber, or you take a circular saw, or even better, a miter saw. But it works also well with a handsaw. If you do not have one yet, I recommend one to buy a Japanese saw. They are really great. You will find links to the used tools in the video description. I predrilled the holes for the screws with a drill and used a cordless screwdriver to screw them in the wood. You can do that with a normal screwdriver
too, but with the cordless screwdriver it goes faster. You can use the drill for that too, but if you have two devices, you do not need to switch the bits for every screw. Of course you also need screws. An angle clamp comes handy, wich holds the wood that you want to screw together, exactly in a 90 degrees angle. Then you need a tape measure, a
sanding block and sandpaper, a bubble level and safety glasses. They should always be worn when working with wood or metal. And if you work alone clamps come handy. They are, so to speak, the third hand and hold the workpiece while using the tools. You can never have too much of those clamps. The design principle is exactly the same that I used for the stand of my Nature Aquarium. Here I also built the substructure with roof battens and put a massive kitchen counter top on top. This lies on a frame that is resting on 4 posts, which are standing on a second frame of the same size as the upper frame. Here you can see now the lower frame, where just four slats are screwed together. The upper frame is exactly the same. Here I have used angle braces,
to intercept the shear forces so that the construct does not wobble. You can also take angle braces made of metal. In each corner, a slat is screwed, that has
exactly the length, as the construction is high later on. In front and on the side of the slat that keeps the frames in distance, two slats are screwed between the frames, which then support weight of the upper frame and conduct the weight then on the lower frame. This construction holds my 54 liter (13,5 Gallons) aquarium, and I can also stand next to the aquarium without creaking, or even breaking down. Instead of taking curtains you can
cover the whole thing with wood, like I did that on the side. And in the front you could then also install doors. If you make the base board then just as big as the aquarium, the weight is not held by the kitchen counter top like here, but then lies on the 4 corner posts, and will be conducted from there to the the lower frame. The slats also hold a surprisingly high amount of weight , which I show here now. This is a one meter long batten, that I will take later to build the shelf. If I step on it it bends down and will probably break. If I put it upright, I can stand on it and I weigh about 90 kilogramms. If you now want to build a stand for an aquarium like shown here, please inform yourself how much weight the timber and the screws you want to use can hold. I’m not a structural engineer, that’s why don’t say what timber I used. I only show the principle here and all you do is on your own responsibility. Also ask your insurance company if
they pay for any damage that is caused by a homemade shelf. In the beginning I have put the upper and the lower frame loosely together. They are exactly the same size. The sides of the lower frame are wider, because the whole shelf is very narrow, and the overhangs should then prevent it from tipping over. At the top frame, where the board afterwards rests, I installed cross struts. I will now screw these frames together. It is important to ensure that the slats
are screwed together in 90 degrees angles and now the angle clamp is very helpful. You can put water resistant wood glue at the points where the slats come together. This then reduces the shear forces. After that, you should have two frames of exactly the sam size. At the lower one, the sides are a little bit wider so that the shelf can not tip over so easily. Then the four spacers are screwed to the frame. With 4 screws from the front and with
2 from the side. The more screws, the lower the shear forces. After the spacers are connected to the bottom frame, you can screw the support post to the front and on the side of the spacers. The support posts are up to 5 millimeters too long, so that the frame now lies a bit higher than the upper edge of the spacers on which there will be no weight later on. So in case the spacers are not sawed exact to the same length, you can compensate this mistake this way. That’s the preliminary result now. Meanwhile, a board is screwed on the top
of the frame. The weight is conducted from the frame to the support posts, which are screwed in front and on the side of the spacers, an the is conducted to the lower frame. The whole does not look very beautiful now, because it used and rough wood. But later I will sand it and paint it. But before I will do a weight test. Although I am stand in the middle of the shelf with my 90 kilos, nothing bends and or breaks. The shelf holds also easily the 15 kilograms of my breeding tank without complaint. A few days later it looks like this. In the meantime it has been painted and I have also decided to put a board on the lower frame. So the sun is shining right into the tank now and I can still open the window, without having to put the tank on the floor. There is even room for small glasses,
in which I try grow offshoots of my aquatic plants. On the lower board you can put stuff
which you do not need at the moment. So that’s the finished product now. It actually turned out quite nice, although it was put together from waste wood and I am not very talented in wood working. If you want to put an aquarium on such a shelf you have to make sure that the cuts are straight and the battens,
which are supposed to be the same length, are really exactly the same length. Then there are no gaps and only then
the weight will be conducted down, without that the screws are loaded. I have shown now how the principle works, and if you want to build a stand like that for your aquarium, then you can look for
“Aquarium stand” on youtube. There are many Videos with building instructions, which show you which size of wood and which screws you have to use. If you do it right, that’s a cheap
alternative to shelves and aquarium cabinets, you can buy. I hope you enjoyed the video! If yes, then I am always very happy
about a thumbs up. There will be soon a video where I build a stand for my 54 Liter (13,5 Gallon) aquarium. And I show how it is going on with my daphnia breed. So subscribe to the channel if you have not already and activate the notification Bell, so you do not miss that. I say goodbye and thanks for watching!

6 thoughts on “Regal für Wasserfloh-Zuchtbecken bauen | Building a stand for my Daphnia breeding tank

  1. Wie findest Du die Idee mit dem Regal vor dem Fenster? Würdest Du nach dem selben Prinzip auch einen Aquarium-Unterstand bauen? Hat Dir das Video gefallen? Dann freue ich mich über einen Daumen nach oben! Vielen Dank!

  2. Moin Schönes Bastelvideo die idee ist auch gut, Grins im Letzten Video hatte ich ja schon Erzählt aus was ich mein Schrank Zusamm Gebastelt hab Leider ist der Fussboden da wo das steht bisschen Schief Also Doch ein Schrank Kaufen? vorher hol ich mir noch mal eine Holzplatte und versuch die dann in Waage zu bekommen auf Facebook kann man sich mein Schrank und Aquarium vortschritt auf Bilder Angucken Nicht Lachen hab jeden Arbeitsgang Fotografiert wollte die reaktion meiner FB Freunde aber keiner Reagiert drauf naja 🙂 zu not nehme ich den Selbsgebauten Schrank für 4 Zucht Aquarien 25Liter und 2 Brücken Aquarien dann hab ich das auch Abgehakt

  3. gib es zu das du dich bei minute 6.00 oben festgehalten hast … :o)
    tolle arbeit. man kann unheimlich geld sparen wenn man ein bissel ahnung hat zum basteln. auch mir macht es viel spass einiges selber zu machen. gerade gestern erst hab ich ein 60er becken in der küche für artemien fertig gemacht und eines für die wasserflöhe da die ausbeute auf dem balkon nicht mehr genug ist wegen der kälte …

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