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Old 10-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Tank Stand - Advice needed!

Hey guys,

New to the forum but have been reading and seems alot of you know your stuff!

Finally I can set up a fish tank and have been working on a stand for it, some poeple have advised me that I should have made a rack rather then the design i just came up with (with no research). As i can see from previous posts this is what most of you have done.

Ill attach a pic so you guys can get an idea of the frame. Its all joined with deep mortice and tenons, very strong. Was wondering if this frame will be strong enough for a 55 gallon tank? It'll have a 20mm(3/4inch) thick Jarrah top.

The dimensions of the tanks are 36"x 14"x 19" i think thats about 55 gallon

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Old 10-04-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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Sounds like a 40 gallon tank to me (give or take a gallon).

As far as the stand is concerned- looks pretty good to me!
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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I think it looks great so far! I personally prefer a stand to a rack. IMO a rack is more suited to a setup with multiple tanks. A stand is nicer for a main display tank. The craftsmanship looks good, I would suggest using mechanical fasteners in addition to the mortise and tenons just as a backup.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:54 AM   #4
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looks good so far!
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply's!

I spoke the an aquarium shop today and showed him some pics, he also thinks that the frame will strong enough to provide enough support for a 55gallon (ish) fish tank.

Seems the racks would be better suited for larger tanks or multiple tank setups.

noob2100 will definately have to strengthen up the tenons. Instead of mechanical fasteners i was thinking of doweling them in after the glue up

Will continue on and start sanding...and sanding...and maybe some more sanding after that:P Will post some more pics soon

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Old 10-11-2011, 03:51 AM   #6
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Gday again
Well have done a bit more work on the tank stand.

Dry fitted the bottom shelf, all looks tidy but will be tight fit to get in on, once the frame is glued up.

Will also be adding some inlays to the bottom shelf, the top will be mostly covered by the tank, so not sure if i'll inlay the top yet

Once the inlays are set in, ill start some more sanding.......

Really cant wait to get some fish in! This tank will be dedicated to Australian Natives

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Old 10-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #7
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The workmanship is fabulous!
I wish I had that much skill....

The dimensions of the tank calculate to just over 40 gallons, meaning it will have to hold about 120 pounds less than you thought, but it will still weigh upwards of 355 pounds. I think strengthening is a good idea (better safe than sorry).

Looking forward to more pics!
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Looks awesome!! Amazing skills bud
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:27 AM   #10
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Thanks for the kind comments everyone

I agree, the frame is going to need some extra support. A good mortice and tenon joint in theory should be strong enough but like Retired_AF said - better safe then sorry!

Ill be doweling the morice and tenon joints into place once its glued up. In addition ill be adding 45 degree blocks into the corners and bolting them into place.

To attach the top im going to use some fasteners which will fit into a routed groove - ill attach a pic

Thanks again, ill post some more update pics soon
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