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Old 10-22-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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55 gal stand

I am in the market for a 55 gal aquarium stand, and was looking for some thing of quality, trying to stay away from the pet smart pet co marineland Particle board backed stands. The 55 will weigh over 500 pounds so with this size tank I am looking for a little more of a serious stand. I live in the DFW area of TX, I don't want to spend a small fortune but some thing that's decent and I won't have to worry.


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Old 10-22-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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I've built plenty of my own for a fraction of the cost. All 2x4 and 1/2" plywood. 2-1/2 to 3 hours depending on the number of beers involved.


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Old 10-22-2014, 01:01 PM   #3
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Do you have a link to a templet or a DIY instruction you follow?


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Old 10-22-2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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Do you have a link to a templet or a DIY instruction you follow?


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I came up with my own plan. Will upload photos from desktop after work with measurements I used. On mobile device now. It's solid as a rock !!!


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Old 10-22-2014, 01:18 PM   #5
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Ok thanks.


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Old 10-22-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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Check the used furniture stores in your area. Sometimes they have them. And/or a good sturdy 5' dresser. (real wood not particle). A lot of people say no, but I had a 55 on one for over 5 years with no problems, and the drawers came in real handy.
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[QUOTE=treemanone2003;3072380]I've built plenty of my own for a fraction of the cost. All 2x4 and 1/2" plywood. 2-1/2 to 3 hours depending on the number of beers involved.


+1 as far as templates go just depends on how tall you want it here's a couple pics of mine gives plenty of storage as well if you search YouTube there's plenty of videos to get you started



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Old 10-22-2014, 10:53 PM   #8
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Sorry for the delay, fireman. Here's the stand I did for my 55. It's 60" long, 27" tall, and 20" deep.

Materials were:
3 2x4-10'
2 2x4-8'
1 4x8 -1/2" plywood

I cut 2 of the 10 footers to 56-1/2" and got 4 pieces out of that for the top and bottom front and back. The 3rd 10 footer I cut 4, 27" pieces for legs. I cut 1 8 footer into 4, 20" sections. The other 8 footer I cut 3, 16-1/2" pieces for bracing. 2 on top frame and 1 on bottom. I ripped the plywood 20" wide for the top and bottom but I cut out the bottom for the legs and cut the bottom piece in half to fit in between. The center cut rests directly above my brace equally. I used self tapping drywall screws since they are thinner and won't split the 2x4's. Hope this works for you, and let me know if I got you lost somewhere.
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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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