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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

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    Something like this



    That is a quick design 2x1x1 not up to scale just to give you guys a rough idea what i am talking about.
    Bottom thick panel is for plug socket and aquarium tool to hang on....

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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    If anyone is interested to take a peek, Qianhu is replacing their display tank cabinets with these alu. profiles. It's been left half done and exposed for a few weeks now outside the retail shop.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Looks like this trend is starting to pick up... maybe the shops are also following the threads on this forum too.

    I've just ordered a whole bunch of assorted connectors, covers and accessories from the aliexpress vendors... it so tempting to just bulk order 50-100pcs of everything they have since its so cheap and the extra parts can be kept as spares to modify or build more stuff.

    Will post updates on my shelving and rack builds when i get the parts.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Afternoon I popped by Teck cheong. Was adviced 2020 is suitable for single 211 tank only. Multiple 211 rack should go for 3030. Multiple 322 and above should go for 4040. The Malay guy in shop also let me tested on their 2020, 3030 and 4040 profile racks. I also agree with his recommendations.

    Also enquires about the connectors. Those that are hidden do not have enough strength for aquariums. Unless each joint you use double hidden connector. That also means double the cost.

    Aesthetics or cost efficiency
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Thanks for sharing the info... i was also wondering about the relative strengths of the different profile sizes from those who have tested them too. Currently, i'm focusing on just using 2020 profile for the sake of modularity, much easier to swap things around and create new designs with one standard size. Will see if its viable to double or quadruple up the profiles to increase their strength at load bearing spots if required.

    If really need to use thicker profiles, then will need to adjust the frame designs and order more stuff.

    Luckily the connectors from aliexpress are cheap enough that i can double them up and it'll still be within budget. Its still more economical to buy the profiles and cut locally though, so still got business for the local vendors.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Profiles should buy locally as need to make sure it's cut to the correct measurement. It might be hard to return if aliexpress vendor cut the wrong length. Connectors and accessories won't have such problem.

    I did have a feel of 2020 rack Teck cheong have inside shop. It really feels wobbly to me. 3030 and 4040 feels so much better.

    Like UA said, better to double up and quadruple 2020 profiles to increase strength. But the connectors costs are gonna be high too unless you buy from aliexpress in 50s or 100s


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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by matashi View Post
    Those that are hidden do not have enough strength for aquariums. Unless each joint you use double hidden connector.
    Choose your sides
    Yes,those hidden brackets is not recommend for fish rack get the corner brackets like these it is slightly longer than the usual ones
    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/prod...477772279.html

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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Looks like i'll have to add in more parts orders before they ship... it's never ending!
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Aquaria View Post
    Looks like i'll have to add in more parts orders before they ship... it's never ending!
    Just tell yourself, since it's so cheap. Why not? I always end up buying more than I need


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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Just a quick followup on bryan's previous post, a friend of mine happened to visit Qian Hu today and he sent me these photos of their aluminum profile tank stand that's still in the midst of being assembled:





    It seems they are using 4545 aluminum profiles and simply bolted together with standard 2-point corner gusset connectors, quite a simple setup. They also have another second aluminum profile stand that's also halfway setup with acrylic panels attached to the sides too (not in the photos). The tanks these stands would be holding should be one of those large 8-10ft ones (240-300cm) for monster fishes.

    Thinking forward, i'm now considering just using 4040 profile aluminum profiles from the start instead for my racks that are going to be holding tanks (will have to quickly change my parts orders before its shipped)... it may be abit overkill for 2ft or 3ft tanks, but later if i decide to move on to even larger tank setups (maybe 5ft or 6ft? i can dream...) or perhaps make some higher load storage shelving/sturdy furniture out of it, i can easily reuse the same parts without worry.
    Last edited by Urban Aquaria; 13th Jan 2015 at 15:19.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Admins feel free to remove this post if necessary. I'm not doing any advertisement. I'm also not working with any aluminium profile supplier. Just sharing the info I have.

    Price reference from Teck cheong: per 5meter
    3030: $42
    3060: $84
    4040: $71
    4080: $142
    4545L: $82
    4545HD: $92 (Heavy Duty)
    4590: $184

    Prices are subject to change from material costs.

    Hope this price list will help in everyone's planning


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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by matashi View Post
    Price reference from Teck cheong: per 5meter
    3030: $42
    3060: $84
    4040: $71
    4080: $142
    4545L: $82
    4545HD: $92 (Heavy Duty)
    4590: $184

    Prices are subject to change from material costs.

    Hope this price list will help in everyone's planning


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    Thanks

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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzerolt View Post
    Looking forward to seeing the final product.
    So you got it cut at a workshop near Teck Cheong?
    The frame and shelving are ready but only half way through installing it, here it is.
    Frame is to be mount on the wall.


    I grind the protruding metal piece to make it flat so i can use it to mount on the wall.


    Here it is after i flatten it out.


    Secure it on the wall.


    This is how it suppose to be..


    I still have balance of 400cm out of the 20metre... will figure something out with it..

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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Clothes hanger?


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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by matashi View Post
    Clothes hanger?


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    Multi purpose shelving...

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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    That's a good idea for DIY shelving.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by matashi View Post
    Admins feel free to remove this post if necessary. I'm not doing any advertisement. I'm also not working with any aluminium profile supplier. Just sharing the info I have.

    Price reference from Teck cheong: per 5meter
    3030: $42
    3060: $84
    4040: $71
    4080: $142
    4545L: $82
    4545HD: $92 (Heavy Duty)
    4590: $184

    Prices are subject to change from material costs.

    Hope this price list will help in everyone's planning


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    Matashi, I am letting this stay as it is an industrial application that is being applied to the aquarium hobby. The pricing would not caused drastic changes, I would hope. Thanks for sharing this info!
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    Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Thanks. Hope to be of help to anyone interested to build aluminium profile rack

    I do have another list in the connectors and end caps. Prices are about the same as discussed in this thread. I'm lazy to type all but feel free to ask if anyone need an exact figure


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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Better for you to list them in this thread than to receive multiple pm for answer. It will be a chore to reply later on. Just my experience.
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    Re: Aluminium Profile Rack Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by matashi View Post
    Admins feel free to remove this post if necessary. I'm not doing any advertisement. I'm also not working with any aluminium profile supplier. Just sharing the info I have.

    Price reference from Teck cheong: per 5meter
    3030: $42
    3060: $84
    4040: $71
    4080: $142
    4545L: $82
    4545HD: $92 (Heavy Duty)
    4590: $184

    Prices are subject to change from material costs.

    Hope this price list will help in everyone's planning


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    Thanks for the reference.

    I was looking at my invoice from Prestech. I got 5m of 3030 & its S$42.50 (before GST).
    I had the impression that Teck Cheong was much cheaper than Prestech but it appears its just slightly cheaper.


    Reference Prestech price (before GST)

    5m of 3030 : $42.50. http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...0514361742.jpg
    30x60-8 Gusset : $ 1.50 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...1115581179.jpg
    3030-8 Interior bracket : $3.50 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...0713125310.jpg
    3030 Slot Block $0.60 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...0806114402.jpg
    3030-8 end cap : $0.70 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...2501351968.gif
    Universal cable binging block : $0.20 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...0609315003.jpg
    Tool Slider : $3.30 http://www.prestech.com.sg/Image.asp...0601092759.jpg

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