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Old 10-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Any experienced stand builders?

I'm a little confused as to what can I do from here. I plan on having about (4) betta tanks on this stand. In the future I would like to put a 29 gallon on top and have only (2) 2.5 gallon tanks. I want to plan ahead and build this tank so it can hold that weight. This is what I have so far:
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This is my first stand so I'm not very knowledgeable. A user pointed out, each shelf wouldn't hold the weight with only 8 screws. I thought what if I add 2X4's pieces underneath the shelves like this:

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Would it help? How can I make it more durable from here?
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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What you need to do is put a 2x4 under each corner of each shelf. This holds the weight of the shelf along a vertical member. Screws and/or other hardware should not be holding the weight of any tanks.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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I'm a little confused as to what can I do from here. I plan on having about (4) betta tanks on this stand. In the future I would like to put a 29 gallon on top and have only (2) 2.5 gallon tanks. I want to plan ahead and build this tank so it can hold that weight. This is what I have so far:
38X16X36
Used 2X4's and 2 1/2 inch screws and nothing else
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This is my first stand so I'm not very knowledgeable. A user pointed out, each shelf wouldn't hold the weight with only 8 screws. I thought what if I add 2X4's pieces underneath the shelves like this:

Attachment 202116

Would it help? How can I make it more durable from here?
Putting 2X4's in where you have the pic highlighted would be perfect. Then the verticals are supporting the weight, and not the screws.
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What you need to do is put a 2x4 under each corner of each shelf. This holds the weight of the shelf along a vertical member. Screws and/or other hardware should not be holding the weight of any tanks.
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Putting 2X4's in where you have the pic highlighted would be perfect. Then the verticals are supporting the weight, and not the screws.
Are you sure, would I screw them in against the vertical wood?
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I'm a little confused as to what can I do from here. I plan on having about (4) betta tanks on this stand. In the future I would like to put a 29 gallon on top and have only (2) 2.5 gallon tanks. I want to plan ahead and build this tank so it can hold that weight. This is what I have so far:
38X16X36
Used 2X4's and 2 1/2 inch screws and nothing else
Attachment 202115

This is my first stand so I'm not very knowledgeable. A user pointed out, each shelf wouldn't hold the weight with only 8 screws. I thought what if I add 2X4's pieces underneath the shelves like this:

Attachment 202116
Yes attach them to the uprights.

Would it help? How can I make it more durable from here?
Put them where you have the pic highlighted here. That way the weight is on the uprights.
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