05-15-2011, 02:47 PM
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There are tons of DIY threads and sites that have free schematics for tanks stands and show how to make a proper stand. In the US we have what is called floating base tanks... they usually have a plastic trim around the bottom and this is where the tank is supported. Over in the UK its different and usually a foam pad is used under the tank since the glass otherwise contacts the surface of the stand(non-floating base). You don't really need any thing under the tank except where the trim is. The 2x4 stands will last a long time if you build them properly. Wood is WAYYYY stronger then most people give it credit for. A single 4x4 block can support the entire weight of my cars front or rear end. Those are often what I use for fail safes when jacking or will sometimes place the car on them for up to a week at a time. Your suppose to have 2 of them though because of the wobble factor.... If you do it wrong those wood blocks can actually damage the car if you place them in the wrong areas. Like if its not load bearing the weight of the car and the force of the wood can bend metal.
To be fair my 20 gallon high tanks premade stand is super cheaply made and consists of only 1" pressboard for support. I bought it 2nd hand for only $20 though and it works which is all I really need. Could of built a wayy sturdier one though. That one has a false bottom covering up the lower glass pane. My 55 gallon has a amazing wooden stand my dad built like 14 years ago. It has 8 or so 2x2 supports and no false base.