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Old 06-07-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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Dunno if you've seen an earlier post from me about stand construction. Resolved that question and decided to make it 32" from the floor for my height and arms length to ensure I can reach the bottom of a 90g tank.

So, the tank is a 4', 90g tank. Having my basement finished and am needing to provide something for the contractor to work with in the next day or two.

Do you think vertical 2x4s @ each corner and the horizontals can hold a 90g tank? Hoping to keep the entire underneath area free of more vertical 2x4s.

Any special wood to use that won't move, warp or buckle?

Trying to find plans for in wall framing for new construction on the net. Having a hard time finding anything you don't have to pay for either.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:19 AM   #2
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Are you talking about verticle 2x4's in the basement under where the tank will go? Possibly but I honestly wouldn't risk it and would go with either 2 laminated 2x4's or 4x4. Even on my 55g I have 2 2x4's at each corner... then again I tend to over build thinks. What if you plan to go bigger later? Where is your sump going? Next to the tank? That will add weight too if so.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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NO absolutely not, all that will do is give it 4 pivot points to fall over with.

I tried that with my 210 but verticles are needed every 16" maximum.

I built mine with a floor and a tank platform then cut my verticles to length and screwed them in, all 210g full is supported by the wood, when fastening make sure the weight is on the wood not the fasteners.

Mine is not in wall but atleast it will give you an idea.




and where I had to reinforce due to swaying movement.


again its not inwall but it might help you, My stand is 24" tall so I can reach in and see over the top a bit. It sits just about 5' tall.

My uncle bought our old 90g off us and turned it into a marine in wall unit. he used 4x4's for the support. and his stand was part of the stud wall.

try this site, I just found it on google using different terms for in wall tank stand diy plans
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Very nice job on your stand.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thank you, Just trying to give better ideas for structural strength.
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Austinsdad can you send me pic of the wall you are putting it in. it would help if i could see were you are putting it. 2x4 construction will work just fine for your 90gal. aquarium. hope i can help

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:45 AM   #7
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2x4 will work but not just at the corners. If he builds it at the corners it will sag the horizontals. I know when we put the one in the wall at my uncles he built a 3' tall frame stand for it much like mine, he also cross beamed them into the wall with diagonal supports.

Pics would help too.
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Ray,
Check this thread out. Very simple, and will leave the inside open. More than sufficient for your 90g.
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Fishman, there is no existing wall. This is brand new construction. And having the underbelly open is a desire since the sump/fuge will go there. And the skimmer will be mounted right next to the sump. The 37g reservoir can go next to it all and sit on the floor.

I'll try to get a ipc of my space tonite. I'm even having thoughts about placing a 2-3" tray underneath the entire thing with a drain near the floor. The area I'm building is gonna be about 3' from an ejector pump (hole in the fllor where the bathroom drains go into and is pumped up into the septic line. Figured that any leaks would go thru the tray outlet and be plumbed into the pit.

Neilan, I've looked at that thread and it does work well to get me the underbelly space I'm looking for. I'd guess that middle cross beam is the key for prevent the saggin in between the corner 2x4s.
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Check this thread out. Very simple, and will leave the inside open. More than sufficient for your 90g.
I really liked these plans, that is what I built mine to. I also helped a friend build one for her 150gal. I was told to use a vertical center brace for anything over a 72" span. So I think with your 4' tank you would be fine with no center vertical brace.

WhiteDevil, it looks to me that the hardware is taking the weight of the stand, not the wood. I built my bottom frame first, attached 2 2x4s at each corner then built the top frame and set it on top of the 2x4s at the corners. Maybe I am missing something but it looks like the top frame is just held to the legs by screws.
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