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ThalesthePearsei 03-09-2009 07:28 PM

Integrity of a fish tank stand?
 
I know this is a weird question but I have had it since I got my 125 gallon tank about a year ago. When I first saw the stand that I was getting with it, I was like "this is it? this is going to hold up 1500+ pounds? And I am still surpirsed. I am dreading at loud crash in the middle of the night. I was just wondering if anyone knew the integrity of a pine/cedar tank stand holding this much weight.
Also, the fish splash a lot. Is that going to rot the wood?

JohnnyD44 03-09-2009 08:34 PM

if it's solid wood, I'd imagine, you'll be fine, espically cedar wood

onefish2fish 03-09-2009 09:22 PM

what does it look like? is it home built or store made? what shape is it in? could you post a picture?

ThalesthePearsei 03-09-2009 09:35 PM

It is standard store bought stand. It is in practically new condition still. I just cant believe a few pieces of wood can support so much weight.

onefish2fish 03-09-2009 09:39 PM

i know what you mean, as for DIY stands i over build them just for the piece of mind

wmoyer2006 03-09-2009 10:16 PM

While I am an aquarium newbie, I can help out with this question.

Wood is highly resistant to compression with the grain standing in a veritcal position. As long as the wood remains standing completely veritcal, the stress on the wood is not nearly substantial enough to compress and/or shatter it. The only time wood becomes frail is when it is trying to support weight with the grain in a horizontal position. So basically grain up and down = strong. Grain side to side = weak.

The only way that the stand will fail is if the wood doesn't remain completely vertical.

Also, on the rotting topic. When I was a kid the house I grew up in had a severe leaking problem in the basement. The bottom half of a main support column rotted out and continued to hold the portion of the house like that until it was replaced about 3 years after it had begun to rot. If you notice it rotting, then you can replace it in a week, two or maybe a month. It would take severe neglegence to allow a wooden stand to degrade to a point where it would break.

onefish2fish 03-09-2009 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by wmoyer2006 (Post 178824)
Wood is highly resistant to compression with the grain standing in a veritcal position. As long as the wood remains standing completely veritcal, the stress on the wood is not nearly substantial enough to compress and/or shatter it. The only time wood becomes frail is when it is trying to support weight with the grain in a horizontal position. So basically grain up and down = strong. Grain side to side = weak.


correct. if you have ever tried to crack and egg top to bottom you can not smash it. it is impossible. now turn in horizontal and it shatters instantly.
That can get messy, just another example! :-D

as for the wood, im sure it was sealed in something since it is store bought. at the very least it has a wood stain or paint on it. how much water are you planning on spilling anyways, just wipe up splashes with a towel when you do.

Sj45 03-09-2009 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 178826)
correct. if you have ever tried to crack and egg top to bottom you can not smash it. it is impossible. now turn in horizontal and it shatters instantly.
That can get messy, just another example! :-D

as for the wood, im sure it was sealed in something since it is store bought. at the very least it has a wood stain or paint on it. how much water are you planning on spilling anyways, just wipe up splashes with a towel when you do.

So if I take a chicken egg, hold it up (the way it would not stand w/o holding it) and take a hammer to it, it's not going to crack???

aunt kymmie 03-09-2009 11:29 PM

Tell you in a minute...I'm off to go find my hammer ;-)

onefish2fish 03-09-2009 11:44 PM

if you hit the egg with a hammer it will smash. if you hold it in your hand and try to squeeze it from top to bottom (without digging your fingers in to create a pressure point) it will not crack. use your thumb on one end and index on the other.

go ahead and try using your hands, if your doing it the way im describing you will not be able to crack it.
** You may want to try it outside**


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