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Old 07-13-2009, 11:42 PM   #1
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i am new here and new to the whole aquarium thing to be honest with you, i have always had aquariums and good luck with them, now i have a ?40 gallon? pentagon corner aquarium i am building a stand for. i have heard about stands being top heavy and tipping over, i will post some pics of the stand i am building and advice/comments/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I have some experience with construction so please don't bash me too much :p

i have a 2x4 base with 1/2" plywood then 30" "studs" going up with another 1/2"plywood top and it is braced inside to avoid movement. all of the 2x4's are premium stud grade and the stand is 100% level as you can see in one of the pics. i am going to cover the outside in the 1/2" plywood screwed and glued to each stud and then i will put either a laminate over it or 1/4" birch or similar. please note the pieces holding the aquarium from falling over the edge are temporary because i have kids and i know how my luck is. it will have a edge going around the top to keep tank from going over the edge. oh and it all is screwed with 4" screws and liquid nails.


any suggestions/comments?

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA!

That looks like a great start!
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thanks! thats good to hear. im concerned about it being top heavy
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:02 AM   #4
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No matter what you do it will always be top heavy. You have 400 lbs of tank ontop of 20-30 lbs of stand. What you can do is once you build the stand is find a stud in the corner you are going to put it in and attach it with an angle brace like used for shelvng. Just a thought
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No matter what you do it will always be top heavy. You have 400 lbs of tank ontop of 20-30 lbs of stand. What you can do is once you build the stand is find a stud in the corner you are going to put it in and attach it with an angle brace like used for shelvng. Just a thought

i would love to! (i just dont think my landlord would be too happy)
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actually its just two or three screws, the holes would only be about an 1/8" and when you move you could putty those. He would probably prefer that more than 40 gallons of water on the living room floor, $2 putty, or $500 carpet repair. besides he would never see it under the stand
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actually its just two or three screws, the holes would only be about an 1/8" and when you move you could putty those. He would probably prefer that more than 40 gallons of water on the living room floor, $2 putty, or $500 carpet repair. besides he would never see it under the stand
very true i think i might have to consider that.
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actually its just two or three screws, the holes would only be about an 1/8" and when you move you could putty those. He would probably prefer that more than 40 gallons of water on the living room floor, $2 putty, or $500 carpet repair. besides he would never see it under the stand
I like the way you think.... and I agree.
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I like the way you think.... and I agree.
what kind of screws/lags should i use to attach it to a stud?
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a few 2 1/2" wood screws should do it.
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