Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-26-2015, 10:25 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 25
Aquarium shelf bowing?

I'm completely new to forums, but I needed some advice from people who knew what they were doing.

I set up a 10g today, on a stud-mounted wall shelf rated at 100lbs. I'm estimating the tank weighs between 80 and 90lbs. The brackets are holding fine but the shelf itself is bowing very slightly in the middle. Using a level, the bubble is always 'between the lines,' but slightly askew depending on where it's reading.

I really, REALLY don't want to have to disassemble the tank and shelf. Is this cause for worry? Would installing another bracket in the drywall between the existing brackets help? The shelf is a few inches wider and longer than the tank and the tank's edges sit almost on top of the brackets themselves.
__________________

__________________
Katweet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 1,303
Pictures would give forum members a better idea of what you have.
__________________

dcutl002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ImACoolguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 7,954
I'd make sure your braces are screwed to wall studs and add an extra support in the middle.


Caleb
__________________
ImACoolguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Brookster123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Mass
Posts: 18,384
Add another bracket mounted to a stud and a piece of 3/4" plywood under the tank itself.. this is a less than ideal.tanknstand and I'd personally not use it..

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
I'm not really here... fell in the tank and my phone is just that smart
Brookster123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:33 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 1,303
A 10 gallon tank is approximately 100 pounds. so you are pushing the limits of your bracket/shelf setup.
dcutl002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:34 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 25
There isn't a stud in between. The brackets are mounted on the two closest studs. I'll try the wood though.

The tank isn't full. If a gallon of water is 8.34lbs and the tank is only 9-9.5 gallons, it weighs between 75 and 80lbs. The 80-90 estimate was generous.
__________________
Katweet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:39 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 1,303
If you get a 5 gallon bucket and drain half of the water, you should be able to pick up the tank and add a stronger piece of wood underneath. I would cut a 2X12 section for the shelf, but i'm an overachiever.

EDIT: brace between the brackets also to prevent swaying.
dcutl002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:42 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Brookster123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Mass
Posts: 18,384
If you want to do it right?? Take the whole thing down, brackets and all. Mount a 2x12" spanning the 2 studs with predrilled 3.5" lag bolts, mount 3 brackets to that ledger board and replace whatever mdf or particle board shelf top provided with another 2x12"..

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
I'm not really here... fell in the tank and my phone is just that smart
Brookster123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:47 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ImACoolguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 7,954
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brookster123 View Post
If you want to do it right?? Take the whole thing down, brackets and all. Mount a 2x12" spanning the 2 studs with predrilled 3.5" lag bolts, mount 3 brackets to that ledger board and replace whatever mdf or particle board shelf top provided with another 2x12"..

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Aquarium Advice mobile app

Advice from a carpenter that builds things all the time ^^^


Caleb
__________________
ImACoolguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:51 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 1,303
Yeah, I can't compete with that. But, I could mount a piece of HY100 to the wall with lag bolts, weld a shelf of HY100 with 3 angle iron brackets...but yeah, Brooks has the best idea for a house.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________

dcutl002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
aquarium

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bowing 55 gallon..... muddlehead General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 02-25-2006 08:01 PM
Bowing?.. uh oh joedarat Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 10-11-2004 03:03 PM
Tank Bowing jmeunier Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 10-10-2004 12:36 AM
Tank is bowing.? bckane Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 05-19-2004 02:58 AM
55 gal glass tank is bowing...... jaydog88 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 21 12-26-2003 05:20 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.