Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-22-2006, 10:53 AM   #1
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Bristol, Pa
Posts: 5,973
Send a message via AIM to lmw80 Send a message via MSN to lmw80 Send a message via Yahoo to lmw80
DIY Fish tank wall - structural question

I have a 2x4 structure built for a 110 x-high tank. Do we have to brace it with structural plywood on both sides or can I just use waterproof sheetrock?

(pssst...this is Daniel asking the question, I have no idea what he's talking about!)

Join the Eastern PA/Greater Philadelphia Forum! Click here: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/groupcp.php?g=7825

Aquariums are like jello - there's always room for more.
lmw80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 05:53 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,012
Are you cutting a hole in an existing structural wall??? If so, you will need to build a header for the top of the hole and shore it up on either end with additional 2x4 "jack" studs. If it is just a stand that you want to cover with sheetrock, I'd recommend that you build the stand so that it can support the tank and then cover it with the waterproof sheetrock. If you are still concerned about the tank racking the stand from side to side or front to back, you could add some plywood gussets on the corners of the 2x4's.

75 gal
4x65w PC
AquaC Remora Pro
140#s Live Rock from LiveRocks.com
Frogspawn, Hammer, Zoos, Leather Frag, and Xenia and Green Star Polyp frags from fishfreek and Alarmguy66, Thanks!
Member of the Unofficial A-Team
bound_for_obx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 11:01 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Whitby, Ont,Canada
Posts: 2,753
Waterproof sheetrock is not actually waterproof. The coating is, but any exposed gypsum will soak up water like a sponge and get soft. On top of that, if your looking to increase structural integrity, it is a poor choice.
Join a fish club. Don't have one in your area? Start one.
BillD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ashland KY
Posts: 1,918
Send a message via Yahoo to tropicfishman
I'd go with the gussets IMO
I love my clown loaches and red tail shark!!! lol
tropicfishman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2006, 08:40 AM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
BillyZ's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Western NY
Posts: 4,064
If I remember the pictures she shared in the SW General forum I don't think it's a load bearing wall so she doesn't need to worry about headers. I'll third the gussets suggestion. Most 2x4 stands are over built, the gussets will simply provide it some lateral stability.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
BillyZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2006, 05:42 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,020
Send a message via Yahoo to jcarlilesiu
Non-load bearing walls still need a header depending on span. With out it, you will start seeing some seperation of dry wall at the ceiling level among other problems

jcarlilesiu is offline   Reply With Quote

diy, tan, wall

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY Acrylic tank question cokemanj DIY Projects 5 07-05-2007 11:36 PM
Cleo (one of my cats) climbed the fish tank wall!! lmw80 Aquaria Off-Topic 12 03-18-2006 10:58 AM
fish tank wall lmw80 Aquaria Off-Topic 11 09-11-2005 01:50 PM
diy in wall tank or something like that iwantareef16 DIY Projects 1 01-04-2005 11:42 AM
Large Tanks and Structural Support AquaAddict General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 18 10-21-2003 01:28 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:03 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.