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Old 06-29-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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Bigger stand. Smaller tank. Safe?

So I have another build coming. A 29gallon species tank, but I'm concerned about the stand size.

The stand is made for a Marineland 47 gallon column tank. Quite a bit more weight than what I'm using it for, however I've been reading that all edges of the tank should be lined up with the edges of its stand for safety.

Is this a hard and fast rule? Will the stand just collapse or something?

Tank size: 30 1/4" x 12"
Stand size: 30 3/4" x 18" (top); 28 3/4" x 17" (supporting walls)

So the sides are exactly on the outer edge of the top (past the supporting walls by 1/2" on either side) but the front and back are on the inner portion of the top.

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Old 06-29-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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Thoughts?

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I don't think it will be a big deal. The only concern I would see if knocking it back really hard but thats the same with like every tank.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:25 PM   #4
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If it's a particle board construction I'd get a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit the top stand dimension. Technically the sides should carry the middle of the tank but I wouldn't sleep on it.

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If it's a particle board construction I'd get a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit the top stand dimension. Technically the sides should carry the middle of the tank but I wouldn't sleep on it.

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This would definitely help.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:56 PM   #6
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Yes it's particle board. The sides of the stand weren't actually connected, they were just flush. So the front and back had a slight bow to them when I sat on it (to see if it would wobble under my weight). I added corner braces inside to connect them and it's sturdier. I think I will go ahead and add the plywood on top. After I spray paint it, shouldn't be too noticeable.

But if I don't, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being biggest), how big a risk am I running? I've seen some crazy setups that would keep me up at night but this seems fairly reasonable. Thanks folks for the advice!


Now....any species suggestions? Not doing guppies or mollies as I just don't care for them, but was thinking a goodeid species tank or something else endangered so I can help keep them around.


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You can do angels in that. I have kept them for like the past 5 years and I love them.
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