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Old 03-25-2011, 11:44 PM   #11
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Maybe you should re-read my comment before you jump to conclusions? I said staple a sheet, not staple the frame! I can tell you for certain that 2x4's will easily support a 55g tank.
A design I really like and it looks simple to build but will it hold up a 55 gallon? If you scroll down the DIY page you'll see that 32 gallon tanks tank build. I really like the design, the black color, and everything. Wha materials would I need and how would I go about doing this?
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I think it all really is going to be determined by the tools you have and your carpentry skills. I could never build a cabinet grade stand. I don't have the patience.

Here's a neat tool that calculates what materials you'll need based on the size and specs.. FishandTips.com: do it yourself aquarium stands
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. I have a lot of tools in my dad's tool box. Not so sure about carpentry skills though.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:05 AM   #14
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Maybe you should re-read my comment before you jump to conclusions? I said staple a sheet, not staple the frame! I can tell you for certain that 2x4's will easily support a 55g tank.
Actually I prefer to offer sound advice when dealing with something critical like a stand supporting 500lbs of water. Staples or not, making sure that it'll stay up means not just getting by, which is the way your recomendation reads. I've been to a LFS where they have a sign warning "don't lean" because of the obvious cheap junk they built their stand out of. I design and build things that can be related to this in my business and if you build it cheap, you get what you pay for.



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A design I really like and it looks simple to build but will it hold up a 55 gallon? If you scroll down the DIY page you'll see that 32 gallon tanks tank build. I really like the design, the black color, and everything. Wha materials would I need and how would I go about doing this?
Good call Dylan, this is a great stand design and is could be easliy redesigned to fit a 55g.

33 gallon stand

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Just how would I redesign it is the question... I want it not to just hold it but be able to hold more than the weight of the tank itself to ensure it won't break. What type of wood should I use?
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Just how would I redesign it is the question... I want it not to just hold it but be able to hold more than the weight of the tank itself to ensure it won't break. What type of wood should I use?
It's not that difficult, but to give you specs remotely wouldn't be the way I plan & build. But I'm more than happy to offer suggestions. If you have the DIY skills it's not that hard, if you're uncertain look locally and I'm sure there's someone that can do it for you at a reasonable cost.

I'll read thru his build and see what would be involved. What's your tanks actual OD (outside dimentions)?

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Yeah. Might ask my friends dad. He's good with all things handy.
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Actually I prefer to offer sound advice when dealing with something critical like a stand supporting 500lbs of water. Staples or not, making sure that it'll stay up means not just getting by, which is the way your recomendation reads. I've been to a LFS where they have a sign warning "don't lean" because of the obvious cheap junk they built their stand out of. I design and build things that can be related to this in my business and if you build it cheap, you get what you pay for.





Good call Dylan, this is a great stand design and is could be easliy redesigned to fit a 55g.

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But what mfd was actually saying was that the OP should build a solid frame out of 2x4's, and then staple plywood over the outside to create a more finished look. He wasn't at all talking about building it cheap in any part that matters structurally.

I'm not trying to create conflict here, but I really think there has been a misunderstanding.
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Yeah. Might ask my friends dad. He's good with all things handy.
A knowledgeable helping hand is like gold .

Make sure to take pictures and it always good to give credit to the original designer too .

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