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Old 06-18-2005, 10:53 AM   #11
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Ok pine and plywood it is. I will replace my sheetrock with the green stuff. Sounds like a plan guys thanks!. I think I will seal it just to be on the safe side.
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:35 PM   #12
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i wouldnt go with particle board, very bad idea, it absorbs water, and turns to crap very easily.

your best bet has been suggested already, just a 2x4 frame. and if you want to feel better, you can put plywood on top for more support in evening out weight. though its not needed.



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I am in the middle of building a stand. Mine will be in the dining room so it will be a little fancier.

2x4's are fine. I also recommend the 3/4" plywood on the top. It will help with any constructions unevenness.

Sealing the wood is a good thing, just to be safe. Even if water does not get on it, the wood will be exposed to higher humidity, so sealing is better.
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:01 PM   #14
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Good advise as usual guys. I will defiantly post pics of my progress once I get started. I'm still a month or 2 off from starting. Just tying to get a game plan on what needs doing.
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:02 PM   #15
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Put a coat of polyurethane over the plywood. As mentallylost aid it, it is cheap. I paint 3 coat over mine.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:08 PM   #16
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ok...here is what i did for my 80/90 gal
built a frame out of 2x4 then got high quality pine ( or you can go oak or whatever)
and faced it....same way they do cabinets.
then stain it and varnish it...that will seal it from any saltwater damage
Any exposed screws...make sure you use stainless steal
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:16 PM   #17
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If you think about it the ENTIRE tank bottom isnt sitting on something, its just the outer rims (and the middle brace depending how big it is)

These are the only things you need to support, so as long as you have 2x4 in those places you will be fine.

No need for plywood accross the top.
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I have a 2x6 cross brace and have a 1/2 plywood shimmed inbetween the glass bottom and the brace just to make me feel better....it was a prefect fit
glass does give and I figured all or most of my LR is based in the middle - meaning most of the weight is in the middle which is most cases is not really supported...that is just what i did
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I agree with zacdl. No need to sheet it unless you have a acrylic tank. If you insist on sheeting I would not use plywood coated with waterproofing. Plywood will bow and fall apart very easy if it gets wet at all. I used a special flooring they have out. It is waterproof and does not "swell up" I think it only comes in 1" thickness though. Lowes and HD prob do not carry it. You will have to go to a lumber/construction supplier.
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are you refering to slate board or hardy board....thats abit overkill
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