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Old 06-28-2017, 05:24 AM   #1
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A 55 gallon tank stand alternative: visit your local Restaurant Supply store!!!

You can see them in garages, warehouses, or restaurants... Those steel wire shelves meant to hold hundreds upon hundred of pounds... I realized, THAT'S what I wanted as a fish tank stand!!!

Mr. Sunshine, my 6-inch goldfish, lives on my patio in a little 10 gallon tank. I decided to be very careful with his second 55-gallon tank (seeing as I broke his first one!!! Thankfully not with him in it!). A sturdy tank stand would be key...

But as an outdoor fish, I didn't want cabinetry that would create dark spaces and attract black widows... I didn't want wood that would warp and weaken with weather and rain...

My solution? A dunnage rack! (google it!) Or maybe some short version of the super heavy duty storage racks you see in garages... But finding a version of those shelves that was LOW proved impossible... all of them were 4 or 5 feet tall, and I wanted Mr. Sunshine's tank to sit below some hanging plants in my yard...

Home Depot, OSH... no such luck... Until I found myself in a restaurant supply store.

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I ended with something like this

However... it's meant to support 600lb... And a 55 gallon will be a bit over... I bet the numbers are conservative when those shelving companies record them though.... :\

A normal tank stand is too tall, and about as expensive, if not a bit more.... Thoughts?
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Not going to cut it.
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Not going to cut it.
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They are just about impossible to get the shelves level.
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They are just about impossible to get the shelves level.
The ground isn't level where I am to begin with. I made adjustments, checking with a level to ensure the tank/stand would be level.
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Maybe a sign not to make the tank happen.
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It will happen, just do not try and cut corners, nothing worse than have to tear down a newly set up tank because your diy stand failed and your tank blew up I've been there, it sucks.... I'm a carpenter so it was extra embarrassing. Glass boxes filled with hundreds of pounds of water are extremely unforgiving of imperfections in the surface they rest. Very! Unforgiving...
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scouring the internet, people use cement blocks and either 2x4 or plywood on top of blocks.
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