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Question....  I am starting another rack and thought I would inquire from others how much room you leave between the top of the aquarium and the next shelf. 

 

I have found it is a balancing act between the convenience of reaching in with a net/plants/picture of water, cups of water for water changes, and the look and feel

 

My goldfish racks are about 12" from aquarium top to the next self, I was toying with the idea of 8" to give it a different look, but thought I would ask what others have tried and liked or disliked.  I do want this rack to be a dis[play rack so needs to look very nice and serve as something to pull plants/racks/shrimp in and out of

 

 

 

 

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Top of the aquarium to bottom of the shelf - or to the bottom of the aquarium of the next level of aquariums?  Chrome/metal racks can help take some height out...  With smaller tanks 15 and 20Long and below, I am generally happy with 6 inches between the top of the aquarium and the bottom of the next ~shelf.  This lets me get a 32 oz deli or yogurt cup in and out in the upright position.  Bigger and taller (especially taller) tanks - I need more height to get potted plants and driftwood in and out, or to have space to get my whole arm in and see my fingers... 

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Thanks all..... I will start playing around today and see what I come up with... Leaning towards 12", but I like the looks of a nice wall of tanks. This one will have 20 gallon longs, 12-18 of them. I think if I had all rimless nice tanks it would be easier to just do 12". I love the looks of the rimless, but the black caps around the 20 gallon longs are not as attractive to me

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How many rows are you doing? Are you trying maximize space or are you going for looks? I have 40 breeders three high. Rack is 2x4 construction. Spacing was around 7 inches between top of tank and the 2x4 above. I always make sure I have enough room to fit a specimen cup when designing racks at the minimum.

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How many rows are you doing? Are you trying maximize space or are you going for looks? I have 40 breeders three high. Rack is 2x4 construction. Spacing was around 7 inches between top of tank and the 2x4 above. I always make sure I have enough room to fit a specimen cup when designing racks at the minimum.

This one is for looks. I have all my Goldfish in 40 gallon breeders, stacked 3 high. I have to use a step stool for the top tank

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