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 12-12-2019, 08:38 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 5
Can my TV stand support a 20 gallon tank?

Hi all,

I have a TV stand that I'm using as aquarium stand for 5 years, supporting a 10 gallon tank. I want to upgrade to a 20 gallon, and wonder if the same stand could support twice of the current weight.

Please see below for actual pictures. The back panel is made of cardboard, the rest is made out of composite wood I believe.

Your help is appreciated, thank you!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	78108828_10101189670672670_155388682658906112_n (1).jpg
Views:	42
Size:	42.4 KB
ID:	314664   Click image for larger version

Name:	79849681_10101189670927160_2795638240676151296_n.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	63.8 KB
ID:	314665  

Click image for larger version

Name:	79319459_10101189670912190_517586955517558784_n.jpg
Views:	33
Size:	45.9 KB
ID:	314666   Click image for larger version

Name:	78832279_10101189670942130_337318296112070656_n.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	57.8 KB
ID:	314667  

__________________

__________________
Green is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 07:31 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SaraB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 946
I would take something that isn't glass that is about the weight of a full 20 gallon tank (approx 200-250lbs) and see if it holds for a week.
__________________

__________________
SaraB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 12:51 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Lady.of.Babylon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 13
A 20 gallon tank weighs about 100 pounds or so. I would sit on the TV stand, and if it holds you and feels stable. Youíre probably safe to put a 20 gallon fish tank on it. Thatís at least what I did with my 20 gallon.
__________________
Lady.of.Babylon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 01:23 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SaraB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 946
I thought water was 10lbs per gallon, is it only 5? Sorry I had my math wrong.
__________________
SaraB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 05:11 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Lady.of.Babylon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaraB View Post
I thought water was 10lbs per gallon, is it only 5? Sorry I had my math wrong.


Lol, you might be right. I used a calculator app I found on google when I was figuring out how much my 20 gallon would weigh. Better to be on the safe side and over estimate the load weight than underestimate and have a mess!
__________________
Lady.of.Babylon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 05:18 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SaraB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 946
I just Googled it. Apparently it's 8.35 lbs per gallon. So I would still test with something that isn't glass.
__________________
SaraB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2019, 10:23 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 756
Don't forget to add extra weight for gravel decorations etc
__________________
earhtmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,107
Also, is it hardwood or particle board? The latter is very vulnerable to any water getting on it.
__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2019, 10:10 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 5
It's particle board I think.
__________________
Green is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2019, 12:02 AM   #10
Ayi
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Ayi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Georgia, USA
Posts: 503
I wouldnít use it. Iíve had a stand that was particle board, and in a year it started coming apart just from splashes and spills during water changes.
__________________
Ayi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2019, 10:38 PM   #11
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ayi View Post
I wouldnít use it. Iíve had a stand that was particle board, and in a year it started coming apart just from splashes and spills during water changes.
Agreed. I think particle board stands are too risky.
__________________

__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
20 gallon, gallon, stand, tan, tank

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
Large tank on smaller stand support question earhtmother General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 05-20-2018 03:18 AM
Stand / support Poetical1 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 07-11-2015 06:41 PM
How much support do you need for stand? Jcs401 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 04-27-2013 11:02 PM
How do you know if your stand will support the weight? ozorowsky Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 08-02-2011 08:15 PM
stand support question whitetiprs DIY Projects 2 09-06-2005 01:43 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.