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post #1 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
Tank Stand Modification

Hi all,

I recently purchased: http://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Fundamentals-Curve-Gallon-Aquarium/dp/B004H19APY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1311192670&sr=8-8.

At the top, I plan to put a Fluval Edge, and in the middle I WAS going to put this: http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Gallon-Crescent-Aquarium-System/dp/B004QOQ47E/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1311192757&sr=1-1.

However, as it turns out, the 5g will NOT fit on the second level and the stand is not wide enough to put the tanks side by side. I was wondering if anyone had any modification ideas that may work to get the 5g to fit? The 5g is ~13 inches tall WITH the light and only around 10.5" without the light. The space between the second shelf and the top shelf is 11.5 inches. The bottom shelf is the same. The 5g will fit without the light, but it is a planted 5g and needs to be lit. Does anyone know of any mods i could potentially do to be able to fit the tank and add a light?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 04:14 PM
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Only thing I can think of is to put the 5 gallon on the bottom with the second shelf removed, otherwise you might look into creating a led fixture on the bottom of the top shelf to light the 5 gallon underneath it. But I find the biggest issue is you will not leave enough space to get your hand in the tank when you need to, 1 inch is not very much room so I would ditch the middle shelf or try and redrill the supports for the middle shelf about 5 or 6 inches higher and put the tank on the bottom as those shelfs look like they get smaller the higher you go.

Of course you could always figure out a way to mount some lights not directly above but just off to the side of the tank on the shelf above, you will lose some light but still should be sufficient.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-21-2011, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
I thought about the redrilling, but the holes go all the way through teh side supports for the screws so after redrilling, there's no way that i know of to cover up the old hole and it will not look very attractive.

Anyone else have any ideas?
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 02:16 AM
Redrill it to raise or lower the shelf. Very few people except you are gonna notice the little holes .

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post #5 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
Actually, the holes are HUGe. The screws are 1/2cm diameter and the holes are very noticible, esp since the screws are polished so they draw attention to themselves against the dull grey backgrounds of the supports. The bottom of the tank stand is also wider than the top so if I move the supports down, the middle board will look like its too small for the tank. I was thinking of flipping that board inside down which will give me an additional 1.5 inches and be sufficient for what i need, but then the entire middle board would be held by 4 screws and as a particle board, not sure how much weight it can take, a total of 6 gallons will be there so there would be roughly 50lbs on the middle board. Ill take pics of the supports later today and see if yall think it will work.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 02:25 PM
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What about covering the holes with some spackle then repainting the whole stand to make it blend it, seems your very limited with this stand.
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
yea in retrospect its not a very good idea to get this since i cant customize it but i hadnt planned to customize it so now i guess im stuck with it... will post pics later.
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
so currently the shelves are held by this:P1000194.jpg

I can flip the entire shelf upside down and it will fit the tank, but i do not know if it can hold weight properly. There are 4 of those joins in the pic and would have to hold up over 50lbs of stuff with the threads of the screw. Will that be too much? Considering its also particle board, im worried it will just break and fall eventually.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 09:25 PM
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drill the holes through then use a nut and bolt and the largest washers you can fit.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-23-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
ohhh.. didnt even think of that... what about the strength of the joint? the area connected to the bar doesnt look like its very strong, do you think that part will matter?
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