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Old 10-10-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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DIY Stand for multiple Fish tanks

Hello, I've been looking to build my own stand to house my bettas After thinking about it. I finally asked my friend with all the tools to help me out and this is so far what we have:
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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Nice build. The craftsmanship is clearly very good.

From an engineering aspect though, won't there be three tanks worth of weight held by the 8 screws?
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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The dimensions of the stand are 38"X16"X36"
I used 2X4's and 2.5inch screws

If anyone is experienced with building, what do you think the maximum weight for the shelves would be. My friend said it could easily hold 400lbs but would that weight distribute easily?

I plan to make it similar looking to this:


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with (2) 5.5 gal tanks on top, side by side. (1) 2.5 gallon on the middle shelf to the left, and (1) 2.5 gallon tank on the bottom to the right.
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Well I'm not really sure about that part. What else would the tanks be held by, other than screws? What would you suggest?
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Nice build. The craftsmanship is clearly very good.

From an engineering aspect though, won't there be three tanks worth of weight held by the 8 screws?

I do see what your talking about. I see the shelves are only sustained by the screws. How should I add extra support? Should I cut more 2X4 to put in between the openings, like this?

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Old 10-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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if you cut them to fit snug thats your solution right there
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if you cut them to fit snug thats your solution right there
i agree.
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