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Old 11-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #11
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Here is the stand so far. Took about an hour and a half to cut and piece together. It's solid as a rock with no wobble or anything. Put together using 2-1/2" screws.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #12
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Usually helps to add the pic. Lol
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #13
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Cut pockets on legs, top shelf will be ok.
I used 3x2 and 1 1/2x1 3/4 cross brace, no diagonal, fixed back to wall at top.

3/4 ply shelf.

See, new fish house in new acquisitions. There are pics detailing carpentry, alternatively follow link to my flickr for all build pics on my fish house.

Shelf good for 200 kg each, tested, four years no failure.
Original design worked well enough I re-used it on the second build.
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Weight transfer supported only by the spike. Typically a butt joint is not used for load bearing applications.
In a situation where a butt joint is the only way a metal joist hanger is used. Rafters etc.

Tank will be kgs? Include glass/water/rocks.

The pockets will transfer weight load through the legs allowing for reduced profile timber stock.


As far as I can see weight transfer is only supported by stub legs.
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Weight transfer supported only by the spike. Typically a butt joint is not used for weight bearing applications. In a situation where a butt joint is the only way a joist hanger is used. Rafters etc. Tank will be kgs? The pockets will transfer weight load through the legs allowing for reduced profile timber stock. As far as I can see weight transfer is only supported by stub legs.
In each corner there is another 2 x 4 that will be below the top piece to support the load directly to the floor. Only a 20 gallon tank will be on the bottom. I am going to add a brace in the center of the top and bottom shelves
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In each corner there is another 2 x 4 that will be below the top piece to support the load directly to the floor. Only a 20 gallon tank will be on the bottom. I am going to add a brace in the center of the top and bottom shelves
Yes it's a pocket, not easy to see from original pic. Should work fine. The front length is supported by the stub leg notch.

That is the front/rear?
If not, same for front/rear, most weight will be transferred through longest timber length in a design like this.

4 more stub legs. I see some spare stock. Should match in nice enough.

I see the picture as F = front rear S = side

Bottom tank weight 20 gal 76kgs plus glass and rocks.
Call it 120kg. Min. Approx 265 lb

It may be safe enough as it is. I wouldn't trust that weight.
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Here is it finished. Later I will be putting hinged acrylic around the front and sides for the bottom since my gf has a cat that will bother the tank. But for now it will just have the 20 on top till I get the acrylic and I finish fixing up my 55 gallon tank (needs new trim). I didn't add any support to the front and back of the bottom shelf yet. I will add a piece just like the side one as added support
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Easy fix, piece of mind. I like the background of the top shot, loads of tanks!
My kind of house!
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Easy fix, piece of mind. I like the background of the top shot, loads of tanks! My kind of house!
im going to breed Plecos with my tanks also need to separate my 2 angel fish. I got the new 55 for free There was one tank not in the pic but that's my roommates.
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im going to breed Plecos with my tanks also need to separate my 2 angel fish. I got the new 55 for free There was one tank not in the pic but that's my roommates.
Look for a chap called surfer, ask for advice if you don't know anything, he breeds plecs. Tell him, the beardy C sent you! He's a New Yorker. I'm British.
I met him on this site, I'm a serious plec fan, that is what started the conversation between us, helping someone with plec health concerns. Plecostomus has bloated stomach, I think the thread was.
He may or may not be able to offer assistance, you may even be able to help him I don't know? Either way, birds of a feather etc!

I got 2 free tanks, the rest I made. Free tanks are great!
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