Hi everyone, not really a DIY question, but I couldn't find a section for "Accessory help" or anything like it, and this is a mild diy project, so I figured why not try here first.
The scenario is that I had a 40 gallon long tank on a metal stand(I think it is wrought iron) and a 55 gallon on a wooden stand. I noticed that the wooden stand seems like it may or may not be pushing down on the edge supports(It looks like it was a really awful design, I bought the whole shebang second hand) and I decided that I don't want to take any risks of 55 gallons of water going through my wood floors.
The 55 gallon is now set up on the metal stand, and I now have a 40 gallon tank with no use, and no place to set it up.
The stand is designed with the front legs cornered out, so that a tank can easily be slid into place on the bottom, I previously had a 20 gallon long with about 10 gallons of water set up as a sump tank alongside the 40 gallon, but now I'm considering using the 40 gallon as a sump tank underneath the 55 gallon tank, especially now that the tanks inhabitants have been put together in the 55, I would not mind having it well overfiltered.
My question is, before assuming and having a problem, is it likely that the stand would have been designed with the ability to easily slide an equal footprinted tank underneath for another reason, or is it most likely that the metal stands are strong enough to hold two tanks with that foorprint without problems.
The 40 gallon would probably have around 25-30 gallons of water in it when set up, and having that coupled with the 55 or less from the above tank, I don't know if it would be too much weight for the stand to handle.
Sorry for the rambling, I'm usually pretty bad when it comes to describing a situation and asking a question, but in the end I'm just asking if a typical four foot metal stand, made of what looks like about 1/8" all around, would be strong enough to support both a 55 gallon tank on top, and a 40 gallon tank(with 30ish gallons of watter) on the bottom.
Thanks for any help.