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Old 07-27-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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JonoDatInvento's First DIY Stand: 55 Gallon Planted Aquarium Stand

Hey guys, this is my first DIY fish tank stand, so come along for the ride!
I have all of the measurements ready, just need to go to Home Depot and get the lumber.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:26 PM   #2
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First: Location - Not the best for a planted tank. Will be in direct sunlight.

First Picture: (Camera is making the light brighter) It will go under the clock behind the sofa. The tank is my 25 gallon.
Second Picture: Close-up of the tank location. Right next to a plant!
Third picture: Aiming toward the 25 Gallon; Shows the doors.

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Old 07-27-2016, 04:30 PM   #3
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Last Picture: 25 Gallon to 55 gallon location.

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Old 07-27-2016, 04:53 PM   #4
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If any one you want to do this, here are all the details:
Literally everything you need to know about the wood needed is right there. Total is under $40. Talk about savings!

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Old 07-27-2016, 05:22 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:24 PM   #6
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Cool! It will be about a week at the most before I start anything, heads up.

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Old 07-27-2016, 06:49 PM   #7
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Cool! Remember to look for studs instead of dimensional lumber. Far cheaper. Usually about half the price of 2x4s. And don't let them talk you into pressure treated. PT is for outdoor ground contact and overkill for your application. Not to mention you would then need coated screws to deal with the copper content in the chemicals in the wood.

Looking forward to progress on this. I'll be starting my own soon.

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Old 07-27-2016, 07:02 PM   #8
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I already have all weather screws. I'm going PT because I won't have to coat it after. Here are the screws:
I can use them with treated lumber. Anyways, treated wood here is cheap $4.87 per 8 feet.

Could you describe more in-depth studs and dimensional wood? I don't know what you mean.

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Studs are just like they sound. Studs in wall's. Usually 3 or 3.5" x 8-9.5'. I want to say I paid 3$ for 110" boards last year when I built a box trailer. 3/4 PT ply for the floor and the rest is studs and osb. Exterior is painted with oil based paint for weather protection.

Are you enclosing the base or is it going to be left open? Remember you're going to be supporting almost 600lbs with this. Make sure the floor will support it. If you don't have a basement, disregard that last part.

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Oh and your mom isn't going to like the chemicals from PT lumber leaching into her carpet. So watch your depth. If you can keep it off the rug you're good.

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