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Old 09-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #321
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So I went and looked at the $270 stand again yesterday. ODes it matter if the stand has a top? they have a cheaper one thats not as tall and just hold the tank on an open frame. the taller one I want has a flat top surface. I was told I'd have to drill out a hole for the drilled hole area. BUT is there any difference in having that extra support or not?

I'm really stuck still, I just need the stand. I was thinking on having one custom built but I'd like to know the answer about the top piece before I call the carpenter guy. Also, is it advisable to have a side door on the stand? It seems like a nifty idea but is it of any use?

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Old 09-20-2011, 11:37 AM   #322
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Don't see why a top would matter. Unless u like the look of the top or not.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:42 AM   #323
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I mean the top of the cabinet isnt open. Not the canopy thing. You cant even tell when the tank is set on it. Just wondering if its enough support for the tank.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:46 AM   #324
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It will work. If you like it call it an option
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:54 AM   #325
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Oh ok. Sorry I miss took it for the other.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:56 AM   #326
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I was thinking the side door would allow me to put in jugs or buckets for an ATO system, well, when I get to that stage. LOL

Any thoughts on the stand having a plywood top or open frame?
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Don't think it matters. My 210 has a top to the stand but all the weight it all on the frame anyway. So would think without would be best. Then u don't have to drill
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Yeah, not looking forward to drilling. lol The only sell point on the one with the top is that it is taller on the inside and my skimmer will fit in better. It's $80 less just to get the shorter and not covered stand. But I do want a stand I won't grow out of too quickly. hehe don't wanna have to do a move job.
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Personally I would say go with the taller of the two. Shame it's a bit more pricy
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i also have the option of getting a prcie from a carpenter locally who does stands. Just wanna know what is the best option before calling him and getting a quote. It may even come out a bit cheaper with the carpenter, his strating price for a stand is $143. He adds $25 for a floor( which I want) and $25 for a top piece. Also charges for fancy doors but I don't need those. lol Plus it would be unfinished I believe so no idea how much to get one in black. And I'm a really bad painter. I mean really bad. hehe i can barely paint the background glass competently.
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