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Old 11-15-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have a 36 gallon wooden stand that I bought from Big Als awhile back. I'm not upgrading to a 75 gallon - can I just put a piece of good hard wood on top of my current stand to increase the length of it without having to spend the money to buy a bigger stand? Will it be strong enough?

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Can't tell for sure, but I would say you are risking disaster. The base may be able to carry the extra weight, (you will be doubling it) but it will be unstable. I don't like the idea of a stand that doesn't have a base at least as big as the base of the aquarium.
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i have to agree with Bill on this one.... i HAVE seen some really cr*ppy stands holding some very beautiful tanks... its just not something i would do. im not saying you fit this case, but i would absolutely construct or buy a stand that was designed for a specific tank size.
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I don't like the idea of a stand that doesn't have a base at least as big as the base of the aquarium.
+1, I wouldn't risk it.
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most of your weight sits on the ends/edges of your tank. even a 3/4" piece of plywood would most likely bow under the pressure of a 70 gallon tank, putting undue stress on the seams. It would also be top heavy. Like the others, I would purchase or build a stand to fit the tank.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:42 PM   #7
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Buy the correct size stand. If you cannot afford it look for a used tank on Craig's list. It seems to me there are always 75g tanks available in my area on crags list.
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