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I'm betting they will hold with 50 or 60 pounds, you can always silicone around the rail area if you want a little extra ...
OK, so i flipped the shelf as suggested and bolted the board to the frame. However, it looks like the middle has a little bowing happening. I am worried that this will get worse over time. What do you all think? Are there solutions to adding support to that middle board from below without making the overall setup look ugly?
Thats the problem with fiber board it likes to bow and will only get worse over time, besides tacking a board underneath the fiber board to give it support, best option is to make your own shelf out of a nice piece of wood but this can become expensive quick, depending on how much you to do it to make it belong.
Could just adding one board underneath standing vertically support it? It would split my bottom shelf into a left and right side, which i guess is better than water all over my floor. Would one board work? How thick do you think it would need to be?
That could work, since we are only dealing with 5 gallons here I'd say just about any size board would do, 1x3 would be my preference but would take anything I could find in the cull lumber at the hardware store. Just mount them as middle as possible, also mount a board under the bottom shelf to the ground so that one doesn't start bowing too from the weight.
Well im not worried about the bottom one because it has a metal frame underneath to support the bottom shelf. The thing is there is a 5g on one side and a 1.5g on the other side so there's at least 70 lbs of weight unevenly distributed on the shelf. I will see if home depot can give me a board that will fit.