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Old 06-09-2005, 02:44 AM   #1
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DIY Tank Stand & Canopy (per request)

So I've been getting several pm's lately asking about my stand and canopy. Yes, I did make it... just never documented it. I dug around and found some old pics of it before it was finished!!

Now... just be aware that additional hardware was added afterwards to increase strength. For the base, I used 4x8 sheets of 3/4" sanded pine plywood, 2x4 supports, and several feet of moulding. 90 degree moulding was used to hide all seams, while crown moulding was used to hide the seam between the tank's edges and the edge of the stand.

Basically, I sat the tank on the floor with a huge piece of cardboard underneath and traced EXACTLY how big my tank was. From that, I cut out a piece of plywood to be my base so that no space was left between the moulding and the tank. (looks cleaner this way). Ultimately, the tank had to be "dropped" into place for it to fit... there's no "play room" for the tank to slide side to side. There is, however... 3 inches in the back just in case I wanted to get a bigger tank later on (say, an 80 gal that was also 4' long).

The canopy was made first out of 1X10 and 1X8 planks of pine. Simple hinges and moulding cuts made it so that the top opened up and out, while still letting me have lights perm. installed. The canopy rests on the top by two pieces of scrap strip wood that rests on the rim itself... the rest of the plank covers the tank moulding. The entire setup took a couple weeks to build as I was doing it part time.

I made my own mainly because I could not find a decent stand in any LFS. Any stand that didn't have a center brace was over $300!! 8O Plus... MANY LFS stands were cheap, and by the looks of them, couldn't hold their weight in water. If anyone has any questions on how exactly this was built, feel free to PM me as I will get to everything one at a time.

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(remember... one cannot make a stand with these pics alone... they're not blueprints and are merely intended for inspiration and possible motivation).
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Old 06-09-2005, 10:48 AM   #2
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dang... if i had like a saw and drills and still id try it out myself.. nice job!!

how big is the lil sump thingy? it looks like a 20 long.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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It's a 20L, correct. It's my old sump... I recently upgraded to a 40L sump that BARELY fit inside.

Just needed to make sure I made the opening at least 36 inches wide... I think it ended up being 37 inches or so.
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It looks great. Your stuff is one of the best and cleanest DIY setups I've seen
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Old 06-09-2005, 10:15 PM   #5
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Beautiful set up Rob. I wish that I would have left out the center brace on the stand that I built. I was concerned about sagging.
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that looks better than most stands made for aquariums
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!

It wasn't all that hard to do either... just takes patience and a bit of knowhow. That, and a level of frustration with shotty products out there that will make you want to try to build something better and say "HA!!!" in the face of all LFS nationwide.

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Old 06-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting your photos. I used some of your ideas on my new 75 gal stand.the way your canopy hinged open on top and in front. Also the inter frame structure I left out any center brace. Years ago I built a stand that held 2 55 gal tanks one on top one on bottom. The stand I built has the 75 gal on top and a 29 gal on bottom. I will post a pic in the future I just set it up moving the contents of my 54gal into the 75 gal. Hope the fishes do ok.
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:55 PM   #9
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Ok sorry for the photo delay I had a worm in my hard drive. Here it is and again thanks for the ideas.
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how did you attach the vertical beams to the horizontal? im buildihng a stand and i cant figure it out, without screwing through the whole piece of wood
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