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Old 06-21-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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75-90G stand with 55G tank..?

I may have made a huge mistake. I bought a stand meant to hold a 75-90G aquarium. I'm going to buy a 55G (all I can afford) I tested it out at the store, and the stand is LONG enough but its TOO wide. The back of the tank is totally un supported. Will this be seriously bad? It's solid on the sides and the front just not the back. Any suggestions? I like the stand alot (plenty of room for a sump/fuge) and I don't want to take it back.

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Do not use it if it doesn't support all faces of the tank equally. Seriously bad = Yes.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:27 AM   #3
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Add a 1" plywood top, or something similar. Bolt that to the top of the stand, and you should be okay. Maybe cross brace it with 1"x ? wood boards. There is ALWAYS a way to make it work.
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Thanks, I didn't think it would work like that xD. I'm glad I thought about it before I did it!!

I'll try the plywood and bracing attached to the stand.
Will 1" plywood warp under that weight though? (even if supported from underneath)
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Is this a wrought iron stand? What are we talking about here? And no, one inch ply will not warp, but it ain't cheap! You don't have to use that, you can use other woods/materials.
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No its a wood stand. It's pretty solid from what I'm seeing. Everything is fine with it but the fact that its too wide. If I could get a 75G tank I would feel safer.

What about 3/4" plywood? too thin?
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Can you modify it with a 2" x 4" just where the rear edge would fall, possibly with a center leg to prevent it from bowing in the center of that back edge? I really think you could modify it, no problem, especially if it is wood!
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XD I know I can modify it. (I gots power tools! ) I'm just looking for the most secure way to do it.
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Can you post a pic of it? What the top looks like?
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I'll post one tomorrow. It looks somewhat like the one in this thread:

Semi DIY 120 Gal Stand

But it's not as big.
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