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Old 02-11-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Will it Stand?

The 55gal I picked up off of craigslist last month came with a homemade stand, but the stand looks as though it were made for a larger tank and it does not really feel all that sturdy. What do you folks think? Will it hold a full 55?






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It will hold. All the weight is going directly into compression on the 6 legs. Just make sure the surface you put the stand on is flat. That stand looks like it could be easily twisted if not all the legs were sitting on a hard surface. That would translate into a non-flat surface the tank is sitting on and that is a bad thing. When you put the tank on the stand in its final position just check to make sure all the feet are firmly on the floor and that there are no large gaps (over ~1/16") between the tank frame and the surface of the stand.
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I would test it outside with the tank full of water for 24hrs before putting it inside, especially if you have any doubts whatsoever.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:10 PM   #4
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I don't see any cross bracing. From looking at a pic of it and not actually being there there is no way I would trust that stand with a full aquarium.
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I don't see any cross bracing. From looking at a pic of it and not actually being there there is no way I would trust that stand with a full aquarium.
Good catch, nothing to stop it from skewing sideways.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:15 PM   #6
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Keep in mind when the 55 gal is full it will be around 600 lbs!

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The back wall of the stand and the bottom shelf would act as cross bracing. Not necessarily great cross bracing but it would get the job done. As others have said if you have doubts i would test it out first.
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I don't see any cross bracing.
Exactly what I was worried about, but it wouldn't be hard to add some. There's only single layer of plywood under the tank, should I be worried about that? I was hesitant to test it because if the thing breaks with the aquarium on it... Yikes.

One thing though, it sure is ugly, gonna fix it up before it takes permanent residence in my room.
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Now take this with a grain of salt and no disrespect meant but -- you can't pretty up a Pinto and call it a Lamborghini. I would use it as firewood and start fresh.
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Heheh, I gotcha. I just don't really wanna spend time making a new stand when I could modify the one I have. Though making a new one could be a good welding project... Hmmm.
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