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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-24-2003, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Would it be ok to put a 55 gal on a stand that looks like this?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-24-2003, 02:00 AM
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I would brace the center. The other problem you will find is that stacking cinder blocks like that is not the most stable arrangement you can have.
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-24-2003, 04:40 AM
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I dont think I would try cinder blocks, I also think it looks unstable. Remember a 55g tank with water, gravel and everything else will be over 600lbs. Like Rex said with no brace in the center I smell trouble.

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Don't know if I'm right but glass tanks have a tempered bottom so you only need to support the corners. Try using 4x4's for legs will be lighter and more stable. Also You could use plywood for the top.

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-05-2003, 09:32 PM
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actually i have a 55 gallon on a stand just like the one you have pictured. it should be fine as long as you get good wood. also you may want to find some way to stabilize the tank so it wont fall to the front.
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I would be waaaaay too chicken, to try a stand like that!

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-06-2003, 01:00 AM
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my stand has been working fine. i have no problems with it so far and its exactly like the diagram shows. my friend is also using a similar idea on his 40 gallon glass tank. the only difference is that i am using redwood underneath the actual tank and hes using plywood.
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oh and dont stack the cinder blocks the tank may tip over. i have 2 cinder blocks in a different fashion but i think stacking 3 is pushing it.
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Originally Posted by RXTrev
Don't know if I'm right but glass tanks have a tempered bottom...
Actually, it depends on the tank. Many of the larger tanks DO have tempered glass for the bottom glass, but lots of them don't because you can't drill tempered glass (hence the big warning stickers that say "TEMPERED GLASS--DO NOT DRILL").

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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-07-2003, 11:18 PM
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Using Cinder blocks and plywood for a stand is an excellent and cheap option. Cinder blocks can hold an absurd amount of weight and as long as they are correctly stacked are very stable. Stacking three blocks is fine, I have been doing it for years on my sixty gallon. However, add another column inbetween those two because there is too much weight and instability with two columns on a tank of that size. It also looks pretty decent once it is built.
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I'd agree. hell, our houses are supported by cinderblocks. Put a 3rd stack in the middle & you should be good. Not the prettiest way, but it works.
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Yep, it's what I do. Cinder blocks are very strong and stable. I recommend cheap, but sturdy, 3/4" shelving from your local lumber store. Put it on the bottom (to save your carpet, if applicable) and top. Even put it between rows for shelves...

I'd definitely recommend one column every 30" or so - you want the weight on the blocks, not the shelving.

Aesthetically, it kinda works if your interior decor is "industrial." 8)
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it's not that cheesy--it's not nearly as cheesy as some of those stands people purchase! (i have issues with fake wood. i'm not proud of it, but i can't deny it. i hate pergo!)

you could go all out and put drywall forms around the block columns if you wanted and paint to match the room...or a big drywall "U" to go in front of the whole thing that you can pull away for storage...or put a cinderblock wall across the front with the flat ones that are made to be seen. they come in nice designs.

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For a 55g, I think I'd feel pretty safe using the cinder blocks. Just remember that they aren't exactly exact replicas of each other, dimensionally. Make sure and level them front to back, side to side and corner to corner before setting that tank on top of them. Ask Buck what happens if you don't level a tank properly.

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