Bow Front Stand? (46 gal)
Morning All :wave:
My boyfriend and I will be starting to set up a planted 46 gallon bow front this weekend for our betta sorority. We prefer the metal stands over the big wooden, but the metal ones only come rectangular. (I've never seen another shape)
We were thinking of buying a rectangular metal stand with a foot print larger than a 46 bow and putting a 3/4"-1" thick piece of wood on top of it.
Would this support the tank well enough?
Tank dimensions: 36 L x 15 W x 20 H
Stand dimensions: 38.5 L x 18.5 W x 33 H
Stand made for: 30/40/50 gallon breeder aquariums
Will be buying the stand Friday.
I have a 29 gallon tank sitting a stand that's a lil smaller then the tank is. I have a piece of plywood between the tank and stand. It has been like this for a year with no issues. My understanding is aslong as all of the bottom frame is sitting on something flat and even the tank will be fine. I see no reason your idea wouldn't work as long as the weight is supported.
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I have the same thing going with my 29 gallon. I wanted a taller stand so I put it on a all wood nightstand which is about 1.5-2 inches shorter on either side of the tank. So the weight is distributed evenly I convinced my husband to help me at home depot picking out a piece of MVP plywood (not the layers, but the compact wood.. hard to describe) and had home depot cut it 1 inch bigger on all sides than the tank. We then wrapped it in thick mylar (like a present) and staple gunned it to the board then wrapped it the same way with dark suede like material (dark green) so the board is water proof and looks good.
Don't do anything THINNER than 3/4th inch no matter what kind of plywood you choose. Try to get something with as few knots as possible. You get to keep the whole piece of plywood you buy even if HD or Lowes cuts it. If it's cut right you might get a nice shelf out of the left overs :)
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