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Old 02-15-2011, 07:33 PM   #11
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A 55 gallon tank weighs 459 pounds, and that stand looks a bit flimsy to support that much weight. If you want to use that stand I would reinforce it with some 2 x 4s or 3/4-inch plywood sheets. Also, there should be a pad of styrofoam or other cushioning material to ease the stress.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:14 AM   #12
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I disagree on the weight Laurence. I think a full 55 gal would be more in the range of 600 lbs.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:23 AM   #13
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55 gallons of water weighs about 459lbs, but is there such a thing as a "tankless" tank? Over 600lbs is right.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:32 AM   #14
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For the price of fixing that thing you can make a much better and probably more inexpensive stand. To me those legs just don't look sturdy. Reinforce all you want but if you have spindly legs...boom. Also great advice to fill it up outside for a day or so, no sense "testing" indoors.
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If I had that stand,,....and for MY own piece of mind ( although it might be fine as it is ) ...I'd drive to home depot and get some 2x4 or 2x2's and brace that thing up.....once it's filled it's going to be tooooo late,....it looks like as it stands now that once filled all the tanks weight is being directed straight down which is fine ..,but ,once filled it looks like if you bumped it from the side it could fold up like a stack of cards.....when I got my factory made stand home and looked it over it was so cheaply put together that there was no way I was going to fill it up with water ,...I spent a day rebuilding that stand from the inside out, now I can sleep at night knowing that it's not going to collapse during the night ,and seeing that I live in California ,earthquakes and tremors,....your stand and your decision.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:48 PM   #16
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Water weighs 8.35 pounds each gallon. Do the math. Yes, with the glass tank added it will weigh more - probably too much for the narrow legs of the stand.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:01 PM   #17
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I wouldn't chance it. It looks a little flimsy to me too.

I built a stand for pretty cheap (less than $80) and I even wrapped it in 1/4" birch. You could probably build one for half that if you don't care about looks.

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Old 04-26-2011, 07:35 PM   #18
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Well, I decided to go with a cinderblock stand! Holds the tank very solidly and was mega-super-cheap! Thanks for all the help guys!
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put some cross braces in it should tighten it up .

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