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Old 10-25-2014, 10:12 PM   #11
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Looks solid to me. I did something very similar frame wise. Wrapped it with 3/4" oak ply, put on corner edging. Banded the top edging and put an opening in the front. The dog toys go into the body with the fish on top. Both the dog and the wife love it. you could do the same and still brace it better if you feel it necessary. Center the hole with braces just inside from there, and even put doors on if you like.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:51 PM   #12
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And that holds a full 55 even without center braces in the middle? I'm paranoid so I'll probably modify it and add center pieces for more strength but other than that it looks simple enough, now I just need a saw! Did you wrap the outside in ply wood or paint and make cabinet doors or anything? I was thinking I'd like to have a 20L under to age and heat water for water changes along with storage of my canister so idk if I'll be able to get center braces in


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It sure does hold it well !!! No center braces, just sits as you see it there. I did nothing else to it but cover it with an old sheet. Due to where it sits, doors would not have been a good option as the front is only about 4" from the side of the couch. When living arrangements change, I will be facing it with either cherry or birch. And doors and trim to match.

The first one I made was for my 75g that is currently collecting dust in the garage along with 11 other tanks. That stand wouldn't fit around the corners up to the third floor, lol. And I wouldn't want to push that much weight up here also. Three tanks is enough for now. I made that one with studs at 2' intervals (it's 6' long) and I'll load up some pics of that tomorrow. In hindsight I would change how I placed them as it was a "rough draft" going together. Also on both of them, I would put doors in both ends for easier access, especially if there's studs in the center. It makes it much easier to slide a tank/sump in if that's your choice for filtration.

I should point out also that I used a long, thin, multiple outlet strip that fit perfectly under the top rear crossmember which allowed for a nice drip loop. Similar to this one. http://www.cablewholesale.com/produc...FeRj7AoduzIA_g And I'd say this sounds like a good price. (Hmm... maybe time to stock up lol)
Hope this helps out some more. Keep us posted !!


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Old 11-24-2014, 11:56 PM   #13
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:01 AM   #14
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It's probably over kill. The thing weighs a ton. I made it 49.5" long, 13.5" deep and 36" tall. Pretty much the exact dimensions of the tank in depth and length, and I plan on putting a lip of moulding around the tank surrounding the base (top of the stand) . I used 2.5" inch nails, some elmers wood glue cause Eh why not and I used about 8 2x4x10s.


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Old 11-25-2014, 12:03 AM   #15
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No such thing as over building...just using more material for safety

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Awesome. Nice job with the flush mount doors. Trim really dresses it up. Not just purty, good structural design.


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