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alidawn15 05-14-2011 06:49 PM

cheap aquarium stand Ideas-20gal
 
I have a 20 gallon tank that I can't use because I don't have anything to put it on. A $50 dollar stand from petsmart is wayyy out of my price range. Are there any sites that sell aquarium stands or things like them cheap?

Bigguy71 05-14-2011 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by alidawn15 (Post 674093)
I have a 20 gallon tank that I can't use because I don't have anything to put it on. A $50 dollar stand from petsmart is wayyy out of my price range. Are there any sites that sell aquarium stands or things like them cheap?

Maybe you could try one of those furniture outlet stores that buy overstock then sell it cheap. I needed a stand for my new 29gl so I went to a place called Unclaimed Freight and found a stand that was made to hold either a 29 or 37gl for $19 then seen the same stand in a petsmart for $120 a week later.

DKRST 05-14-2011 08:33 PM

I once used two old artillery shell cases (shipping crates) turned on their sides. They worked well and made two instant shelves under the tank. I'm afraid they might cost a good bit at a military surplus store, assuming they are even available.

An option is to use cinderblocks and scrap wood or plywood. Make certain the wood is straight and thick.

Third possibility - post a "want to buy" in the aquarium classified forum section here. You never know what may turn up. Whatever you end up with, make certain it can support at least 150+ pounds.

alidawn15 05-14-2011 09:05 PM

Do the 2x4 diy things last very long? Or do they warp after a while?

DKRST 05-14-2011 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by alidawn15 (Post 674191)
Do the 2x4 diy things last very long? Or do they warp after a while?

Depends on the type of wood, weight, and how wide the open area (unsupported) under the tank. I'd recommend a center brace to prevent warping.

GwenInNM 05-14-2011 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by alidawn15 (Post 674093)
I have a 20 gallon tank that I can't use because I don't have anything to put it on. A $50 dollar stand from petsmart is wayyy out of my price range. Are there any sites that sell aquarium stands or things like them cheap?


Check out Craisglist, or spend an afternoon and hit some thrift stores. you may really luck out, and you'd be surprised things like that are not that hard to find. Happy hunting!

gwen

alidawn15 05-14-2011 10:20 PM

I live in a very small town... Oh how I would love to spend a day thrifting... sigh... It's a good thing I'm not in a hurry with this.

badxgillen 05-14-2011 10:21 PM

well
 
thrift stores will probablt have something...i do like 2*4s as you can custom your stand and it is cheap as a 8 foot 2*4 is anywhere from 2-3 dollars and you would need about 4 or 5.

alidawn15 05-14-2011 10:28 PM

Could you just add a layer of 2x4s across the top after you build the frame?

badxgillen 05-14-2011 11:54 PM

wood
 
you could but it would be spendier than getting plyboard..and if you have the stand built to the dementions of the tank you wouldnt need a bottom...most stands dont have them.


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