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doraslilhitman 04-06-2010 01:22 AM

Makeshift aquarium stand?
 
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I am planning on ordering an aquarium custom built to the dimensions of one of my cabinets. My request was for a 41.5 " x 23.5" base and a 20" height, which makes the tank about 85 gallons. It will fill the whole surface area of this stand with maybe a fraction of an inch of room on each side, and the ends will be right over the main supporting planks of this cabinet. Can anyone tell me if this is sufficient, or if this is an accident waiting to happen?

The cabinet IS all wood, and it is supported by three vertical 3/4 inch wood planks that run the width of the 24" inch top. Since glass aquariums are only supported at the edges, the plans I made would make the sides directly over the two end planks. It is quite well reinforced and has a 1.25 inch thick top. Pictures are attached.

iamntbatman 04-06-2010 01:54 AM

I'd say that's an accident waiting to happen. I would either build a much more sturdy stand or buy a tank and an appropriate-sized stand to go along with it. Fish tanks are incredibly heavy; a 90g tank weighs over 1000 lbs filled! Would you trust that desk to support half a ton of weight?

Andrewz00 04-06-2010 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by iamntbatman (Post 357983)
I'd say that's an accident waiting to happen. I would either build a much more sturdy stand or buy a tank and an appropriate-sized stand to go along with it. Fish tanks are incredibly heavy; a 90g tank weighs over 1000 lbs filled! Would you trust that desk to support half a ton of weight?

i second that thought.... i would never put a tank on a "stand" not intended to bare that kind of weight... if you figure water itself weighs 8.5 lbs per gallon... plus gravel, fish and accessories... your talking about a very heavy load.

Redknee 04-06-2010 01:44 PM

That thing is going to snap like a twig. I don't think it can handle the tank+sand, nevermind the water.

JMILLER 04-06-2010 03:21 PM

How is the floor underneath it? A lot more things to consider once you go over 55 gallon.


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