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post #1 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Where to purchase a stand for my tank?

I purchased a 40g breeder from Petco, utilizing the 1$/gallon sale. I have a 30g high that I purchased on craigslist for 30 dollars. It's an old turtle tank - it holds water, but it's far too scratched from the turtles to make as a nice showcase tank. So it's going to get some water-safe GE2 silicon and with some ballasts become my sump.

I need to purchase a nice stand for my 40g tank (regular breeder dimensions I believe are 36 x 18 x 16). Where do you guys get your stands? Aside from going to a fish store and purchasing one of their ready-made stands which run upwards of 200 dollars, or going to walmart and purchasing a stand that is 'safe' for 55g but probably shouldn't be trusted with a 20g on it, what do you do? Is there a good site online that offers competitive stand prices with shipping that's not ridiculous?

Am I forced to DIY? The lumber for a DIY stand couldn't be 'too' costly...

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 07:44 PM
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I purchased a 40g breeder from Petco, utilizing the 1$/gallon sale. I have a 30g high that I purchased on craigslist for 30 dollars. It's an old turtle tank - it holds water, but it's far too scratched from the turtles to make as a nice showcase tank. So it's going to get some water-safe GE2 silicon and with some ballasts become my sump.

I need to purchase a nice stand for my 40g tank (regular breeder dimensions I believe are 36 x 18 x 16). Where do you guys get your stands? Aside from going to a fish store and purchasing one of their ready-made stands which run upwards of 200 dollars, or going to walmart and purchasing a stand that is 'safe' for 55g but probably shouldn't be trusted with a 20g on it, what do you do? Is there a good site online that offers competitive stand prices with shipping that's not ridiculous?

Am I forced to DIY? The lumber for a DIY stand couldn't be 'too' costly...
Welp, if you want a really nice one for the price. DIY. Also throw in the canopy to, still way cheaper to DIY than buy. But did you look on CL for a stand?
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if I want to trust a stand via CL...if it fails, I'd be devastated.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 08:17 PM
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How fancy are you looking here? DIY might be the easiest and cheapest method, cinder blocks and 2x4's make a great place to put a tank but not pretty, otherwise if you can't find anything local, I would look through amazon for something.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 09:38 PM
Well, you can go look at the stand before you buy it. And use this as a guide to see if its sturdy enough for your tank. What your looking for are the braces. And how they have them spaced.

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-07-2011, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Zof, Reef. I'll be keeping my options open. The good news is that once I get the stand, I have a perfect idea of what I'll be purchasing online. The tank and stand will wait in my parent's garage until I move out in January, then it's go-time. I'm saving money until then. With sand, rock, and all my equipment (skimmer powerheads return pump ro/di lighting) my base investment is 1000 dollars (YIKES!) before even cycling or adding fish and coral. But that's being generous with my equipment and hopefully that'll last me a long, long time. It'll be the largest hobby purchase I've ever made at once, but I'm really really excited.

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-08-2011, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Found a 65 tank and solid wood stand on CL for 75 dollars thats currently reef ready and has been an active tank (holds water). If this follows through I'll die of excitement. Haha.
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Found a 65 tank and solid wood stand on CL for 75 dollars thats currently reef ready and has been an active tank (holds water). If this follows through I'll die of excitement. Haha.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-08-2011, 03:24 PM
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Craiglist has some nice deals
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-08-2011, 08:32 PM
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it sounds like you found your stand. i hope it works out ok. i have friends who are welders and they built me a stand out of stainless steel, even has a lower section for all my fish stuff. if your good with a welder or you know someone you can easily build a nice steel stand that can hold alot of weight
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