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Old 04-24-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question Oak stands

I am planning on buying a 200 gallon acryic aquarium with an accompanying heavy oak stand. Anyone have experience with oak stands? How long to they last? Any problems with rot? Have any ever collapsed under the considerable weight of an aquarium? Have you had yours for more than ten years?
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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oak=forever if its real oak

most regular stands are made with plywood and not much else.

Oak will not rot unless submerged, its a very hard dense wood and some of the best wood to use for structural integrity.
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Any exposed edges should be solid oak - but shelves and sides will be ok with oak plywood - I just finished building one and looks great. Oak plywood is plenty strong enough to hold a large tank - mine is 36 gallons and it ainta going nowhere!
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Mines 210g and I am using pine.
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I use 6"x6"x12" blocks of oak as jackstands with complete confidence. Your tank is probably a little more than half the weight of my car.
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oak is strong!!! if your really worried get treated lumber ! also i would use at least 4x4 for that kinda weight
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only use treated for the stand.

If you check out my 210g build thread you will see a plain 2x4 stand that is capable of 3k pounds, all the weight rests on the 2x4's

You dont need 4x4's to build a structurally secure stand.
My stand was built in a matter of 2 hours. I also have it filled and running for the first time today, and there are ZERO creaks and ZERO movement of the stand.
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only use treated for the stand.

If you check out my 210g build thread you will see a plain 2x4 stand that is capable of 3k pounds, all the weight rests on the 2x4's

You dont need 4x4's to build a structurally secure stand.
My stand was built in a matter of 2 hours. I also have it filled and running for the first time today, and there are ZERO creaks and ZERO movement of the stand.
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