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Old 03-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Building a stand for a 75 gallon tank

Ok so here it is, I think I'm going to attempt to build a stand for my 75 gallon future reef tank. The stand I have now is not as high as I'd like it to be and there are two small doors in the front with a center piece in the middle of the two and a little side door on the right. The stand I would like to build would be completely open in front incase I ever had to get my sump out and also so if have more working space. I was going to secure it by using 4x4's on each corner and make the base and top out of 2x4's with plywood on top of course. Can anyone give me any tips if they built a stand similar before?
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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I would suggest you skip the 4x4's... you'll have warping/twisting issues as the wood dries out.

I used these plans for my 75g stand and my 30/20 stand:

DIY Stands Template and Calculator - Reef Central Online Community

I made mine 40" tall so I could see it at eye level easier. Sounds like the same thing you want to do. No center support needed if you follow the plans. I think they say in the thread anything over 72" span needs a center brace.

I like these plans because the wood takes the load, not the screws. It can be done cheaper and using less wood but the way the plan is laid out it really makes cutting everything easy. It is all color coded and you can do all your cuts at once. I did add some braces at the bottom and covered the bottom with plywood also so I could use it to store my canister. I used 3/4" plywood for the top.

Here's my 75g one:

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #3
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That pretty much the same design I used...I made a DIY thread on here...wish I found that design first being that I drew mine on paper
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