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post #1 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
I bought a new 55 gal for $125 with stand and everything !! but will the stand hold ?

Hey guys... I just bought a used 55 gallon Aquarium for $125.. It came with a stand, hood, lights, filter, heater... Its about 5 years old.. Has literally zero scratches and I thought it was a great deal considering a new 55 gallon tank is around $200+ just by itself with no stand or pump.. I saved around $400..

Now the owner said it has been on that stand she got at walmart (she got the tank there too) for 5 years but I was a little weary looking at the stand.. the tank was full of water at her house near the top but had no rocks or anything... and I was wiggling it and it seemed pretty sturdy when I was at that ladies house..

When I got home I cleaned It out and noticed the stand has a sticker that says "Warning to prevent overloading and possible collapse do not put aquarium weighing more then 550lbs or bigger in size then 55 gallons."

The tank isn't bigger then 55 gallons its exactly 55 gallons, and according to what I have read online a 55 gallon tank completetly full can weigh around 550lbs ? without rocks, with rocks would probably be what near 570-600 ? Granted the tank wont be completetly full to the tippy top it will be up the black line and with the rocks and stuff in the tank it will create more mass so there wont be exactly 55 gallons in the tank..

Do you think I'll be ok with the tank ? Or should I get some 2x4's cut and screw them inside the stand on the walls and the middle to create more support ?






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post #2 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:11 PM
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Hey guys... I just bought a used 55 gallon Aquarium for $125.. It came with a stand, hood, lights, filter, heater... Its about 5 years old.. Has literally zero scratches and I thought it was a great deal considering a new 55 gallon tank is around $200+ just by itself with no stand or pump.. I saved around $400..

Now the owner said it has been on that stand she got at walmart (she got the tank there too) for 5 years but I was a little weary looking at the stand.. the tank was full of water at her house near the top but had no rocks or anything... and I was wiggling it and it seemed pretty sturdy when I was at that ladies house..

When I got home I cleaned It out and noticed the stand has a sticker that says "Warning to prevent overloading and possible collapse do not put aquarium weighing more then 550lbs or bigger in size then 55 gallons."

The tank isn't bigger then 55 gallons its exactly 55 gallons, and according to what I have read online a 55 gallon tank completetly full can weigh around 550lbs ? without rocks, with rocks would probably be what near 570-600 ? Granted the tank wont be completetly full to the tippy top it will be up the black line and with the rocks and stuff in the tank it will create more mass so there wont be exactly 55 gallons in the tank..

Do you think I'll be ok with the tank ? Or should I get some 2x4's cut and screw them inside the stand on the walls and the middle to create more support ?





IME, when weight limits are given they are always on the safe side. It will hold more than stated to cover their a**es legally.

Consider the needs of your fish before acting on your desires.
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
Yea that's what iw as thinking... but considering the stand wall and middle support front and back and made of only 1 inch thick stamped saw dust wood.. I might go to the hardware store and get some 2x4's anyway and wedge them in to give it a tad more support.. What do you think ?

Im just super excited I got a killer deal for this tank don't you think ?
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:17 PM
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Agree, I think you should be fine. If it was sturdy when it was full and didn't shack or move then. I wouldn't see that you would have a problem with you setting it up the way you want. Through if your unsure you can always just buy a stand that you are comfortable with.

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post #5 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
Well the point of getting this was its price.. $125 for all that.. A new stand is gonna be like $220, plus this one looks good too I think... That's why I was thinking maybe adding supports... Would supports help ? It was study yes when I wiggled it full of water, but again it didn't have 80lbs of rocks in it.. The 27g hex stand and my 30g stand seem to be more sturdy then this one.. but this one didn't wobble or anything like that
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post #6 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:27 PM
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Yes supports will always help if you can do that in the stand. I am not of any help here through. I can't build anything. L

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post #7 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
I can I am not a builder.. but im a handyman I have built lots of things with wood.. Basically if you look at the picture.. You see the 2 doors ? The middle beams I was thinking of adding a 2x4 board inside against them pressing on the top and bottom of the stand to add more weight support.. And do the same inside on the left and right sides of the stand..

Does that make sense ?
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Yes, sounds like a good plan.

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post #9 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
I am so excited man.. I have had my 27g Hex for 14 years, and our 30g Long tank for 22 years... I finally got a big tank now.. literally double in size of my 30 .. I did originally want a 75g because its both long tall and wide, but ah well for $125.. that was a damn good deal
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 07:46 PM
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It won't hurt to reinforce it. I'm not a huge fan of particle board, water ruins it. But since there will never be any water around it.....

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