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Old 05-26-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Would an average dresser like this hold the weight of a 55 gallon?

Or is it safer to just spend the money on a stand?

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Old 05-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #2
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That definitly seems like it would hold. Looks solid
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It may hold. Just to be sure a 55 with just water weighs around 625 pounds. Do a simple weight test with a few friends if in doubt.
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Dresser will hold it, but why would you ruin the dresser? Looks like a pretty nice one to me. If you set a tank on top of it and start doing water changes and adding fish, plants ect. You will end up with water sitting on the top of the dresser, it will get under the bottom of the tank and you will never get it dry and eventually it will ruin the finish on the dresser. Stands are much cheaper than dressers, I'd just go get a stand - look for a used one on Craig's list.
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+1 renegade ..
Just build a cheap stand with 2x4's and plywood
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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The thing is I work at Salvation Army thrift store where the dressers are only between $40 and up to like 200 if they're very nice and then if it's been on the floor for over a week I get it half off so the dresser for me is the cheaper way to go but I won't do it if it's not a good idea, I want to be safe not sorry
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If it were a 20 or even a 29 gal, I'd say yes, but once your in the 40+ gal range, you probably get into weight that the top of dressers where not designed for.
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From the picture, I would say that is a pretty nice dresser and is probably built from plywood. If it is, it will easily hold the weight of a 55gal tank. The only concern I might have would be with the pressure points created by the "feet" of the dresser. So long as the feet distribute the weight over several inches, this also should be no problem. If you go this route, I'd buy a clear polyurethane and add three or four coats to the top of the dresser, this will help prevent water damage.
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Is it wood or laminate? Will probably be fine if wood. Sit on it and get a co worker to sit on it too. If it doesn't bend it should be fine. I just got a second hand wooden coffee table for my 55g. It's pine and does the job.
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Agree with above, if its laminated pressboard, I'd pass. But then the stands you can buy are laminated pressboard as well .
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