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Old 07-31-2004, 05:21 PM   #1
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question on DIY stands

ok, I looked at the garf thing, it's kinda lacking in directions, but I've got some handy guy friends who I can put to work Anyway, I'm trying to figure out measurements for my stand. My tank is going to have a foot print of 36"x18" and it will have 40-45 gal of water in it. What should the measurements of my stand be(length and width)? Should they be just the same as my tank, or a little larger? Never done this before so I'm a total newb and need all the instructions/help I can get. Thanks!!!
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:31 PM   #2
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Well, usually you make them a little larger at least. Enough that you can build a "frame" for the tank to sit in. My last one that I built had an extra 1" all of the way around so I could put trim around the bottom to both give the tank a place to sit in and kind of hide the black seal at the bottom.
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:56 PM   #3
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I plan on building a stand for a 90gallon tank with 2x4s for the frame and 3/4in oak plywood for the "skin". Should the tank itself rest on the frame or can it sit on the plywood. I would have a trim that would surround and cover the bottom of the tank.

The 3/4 inch plywood is leftover from a desk I recently built.
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You want the tank to sit on the strongest part of the frame, which is the cross members, which is the 2x4s
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You want the tank to sit on the strongest part of the frame, which is the cross members, which is the 2x4s
Right, but its okay if the plywood is inbetween the 2x4's and the tank, as long as it is sitting directly above the 2x4's (not offset). And make sure everything is square. That is the most important thing.
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ok cool, I guess sometime this weekend I'll be off to Lowes to get my wood yay!
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Old 08-03-2004, 06:22 AM   #7
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Is there any problems with not adding a rear panel. I figure with all the plumbing it may be easier to just leave it open.
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Hopefully these will help.

This one has the top and bottom frames covered. Sorry I should have taken one before. But both top and bottom have a crossbrace




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I too left the back open, not just for plumbing but oxygen and heat exchange...



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