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Old 08-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #11
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The doors and panelling isn't the problem it's the fact I decided to add joints to make it more stable but so far its done nothing but cause
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Yea, the simple design easily holds all the weight of my tank. I went 1" extra width and length so I have 1/2" extra on all sides. How much have you put into it? I think mine was about $60 in 2x4s and plywood. I put plywood in top for a nice level bottom for the tank.
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Yea, the simple design easily holds all the weight of my tank. I went 1" extra width and length so I have 1/2" extra on all sides. How much have you put into it? I think mine was about $60 in 2x4s and plywood. I put plywood in top for a nice level bottom for the tank.
More than that, it was actually a lot more expensive than I expected but then again I am using 4x4s because I figure if I ever decide to upgrade to a 6ft tank I can just add onto the existing frame and not have to worry about adding reinforcements
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More than that, it was actually a lot more expensive than I expected but then again I am using 4x4s because I figure if I ever decide to upgrade to a 6ft tank I can just add onto the existing frame and not have to worry about adding reinforcements
Yea with 4x4s you could support a huge tank lol
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Yea with 4x4s you could support a huge tank lol[%
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I am in the process of building my 4' stand too. I am going a bit overkill as the thought of 90 gallons of saltwater spilling is horrifying, not to mention the money that would be lost in livestock. I am going with 2x4s but I have 3 on each corner and will be adding 2 in the middle of each cross beam. I will have plenty of room for my sump and equipment.
This is what I have so far. How is yours coming?
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I am in the process of building my 4' stand too. I am going a bit overkill as the thought of 90 gallons of saltwater spilling is horrifying, not to mention the money that would be lost in livestock. I am going with 2x4s but I have 3 on each corner and will be adding 2 in the middle of each cross beam. I will have plenty of room for my sump and equipment.
This is what I have so far. How is yours coming?
Not too well at the minute I don't get much spare time due to work ill be carrying on with the build on Tuesday, all pieces are cut just need to start fixing together, actually getting help off a cousin due to needing it up and weight bearing by Tuesday night (he is a joiner not sure if you guys have them over there but it's basically someone who works with wood building shelves and fake walls etc) will post pics when I have something more than a pile of wood lol
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Update, the stand Is around 80% complete. I have to put the cladding on and a foam pad on top of the MDF to give it something to rest on. Picture will come tomorrow if I remember to take one

I do have a question though, since the tank will be sitting on MDF and the likelihood of me spilling water whilst doing PWC is highly likely, is there some kind of paint or sealant I can use to stop the MDF from getting wet?
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Paint will help. I used polyurethane for the inside where the sump is and painted the outside of the stand with two coats of black semi gloss acrylic.
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Paint will help. I used polyurethane for the inside where the sump is and painted the outside of the stand with two coats of black semi gloss acrylic.
I was doing some research last night and a lot of people mentioned polyurethane but that its only water resistant and if the water was sat on it for a while it would eventually seep through, if the water gets under my tank I can't wipe it off so this kind of worries me
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You could put a plastic sheeting underneath.
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