Originally Posted by dmolavi
No yes and yes.
If that over holds say 5 gallons of water, thats 40lbs supported by the silicone seams and the bottom panel. Granted the center of mass is well supported overall, but you create a line of stress where the stand stops supporting the tank. Under a static load condition, it should be o.k
. but as engineer, i prefer to err on the side of caution.
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Didn't mean to offend, just trying to get an idea of where the advice is coming from.
I had a structural engineer do a site visit for my bigger tank which weighed over 10,000lbs , the cost was worth the piece of mind. The stand for that tank was only built with 2x6 spruce as per his recommendations.
This tank is also built with structural adhesive, the same stuff used by seaworld, pretty strong stuff.
I will support the overflow with a vertical 2x4 brace .