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1 Stand 2 Tanks?

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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Question 1 Stand 2 Tanks?

I have a pretty nice looking stable Metal stand (not these flimsy one's) for the 30g which I don't use and I was wondering if I can use it for my 2 ten gallon?

The idea is to have the stand as is and get a 1" thick oak wood shelf to screw on to the top to hold both tanks as both tanks side by side are obviously longer then just the stand alone.
Stand is 25" long and both 10g's together are 40" long.....so pretty much half of each tank would be supported by the metal stand and the other half by the wood only....

Do ya'll think this is stable enough for 10g's or rather not??
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
 
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I think it would be stable enough as long as it was out of the way where no one would bump into it hard.

Make sure to use thick enough wood and place a styrofoam sheet or two on top of the wood- everything will be groovy. :)
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
 
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It'll be way in the corner of my office so no worries there. I thought about 1" wood? then screwed down through the frame of the metal stand every few inches?!
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:06 AM   #4
 
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That sounds kind of risky to me. Half of the tanks' weight would be hanging out over the supports....I dunno. 10g's aren't all that heavy but it still seems risky to me.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:46 AM   #5
 
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I'm not too sure neither which is why I ask hoping there's a better DIY'er / carpenter out there then I am, someone who'd know
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:06 AM   #6
 
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How much weight will be on/between the frame? Will it actually be hanging over halfway?
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:17 AM   #7
 
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Ahhh shoot however many lbs 10g is x 2 tanks LOL plus both them have sand bases.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:28 AM   #8
 
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The ends might bend a little bit, but I don't think the wood would crack or anything. I'd probably put a 1" or 2" lip on both ends to prevent the tanks from sliding over the edge of the wood.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:26 AM   #9
 
What about placing two supporting brackets alongside the underneath of the wood hence two 90 degree triangles to help support the extra over hang weight as oppose to nothing under it. You may even be able to get something from your local hardware store like those brackets for shelveing this may work if you know what I'm making refferance to. Hopefully this works.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:12 PM   #10
 
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l agree but take it one step farther, know anyone with a welder? a few pieces of scrap tubing and a few tacks and you're set. With just the wood sooner or later any board with flex due to the constant pressure which would lead to a cracked tank. It might last a few days, or years. 20 gallons of water doesn't sound like a whole lot, until it's on the floor.
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