I've got a chest of drawers (Ikea, one of the mid-price ones) in my bedroom that has a wide open space on it. One of my other aquariums has to move, probably on to it. It's not the sturdiest thing I've ever seen, but it's almost all pine (Masonite backing on it is the only exception). Any guesses as to how much would be safe to stick on this thing?
The top is a piece of 3/4" pine. The legs are 2"x1.5" pine. Front to back, it looks like the legs are joined by a sheet of plywood and two ~2"x.75" boards. End to end, there are 4 pine boards in the front and back (~2"x.75) that are held together by the usual dowel & locking hardware system you see everywhere.
I know there's always a risk, especially when using furniture that's not intended to hold an aquarium. In my childhood I'd built some pretty awful stands that held tanks for a year, but I wanted to ask and see if anyone had some guesses as to what this thing could hold.
As far as dimensions, it's looking like a 40 breeder is one of the more ideal shapes (that I have access to) to distribute the weight out to the four corners rather than in the middle like a smaller tank would.
Any input is appreciated (including recommendations for reinforcement)