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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-12-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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My DIY Double Tank Stand

I have 2 40 Gallon tanks. They have the same footprint length wise but not width depth wise. The bottom tank is wider and shorter than the top tank. I welded this together over the weekend last week..painted it, added some panel side that look like brick and also come off which hide the storage area down below for the filters, food and other stuff.
As of right now I only have one tank up and running but it has fake plants...i plan to start the bottom tank with live plants and eventually move the fish down to the bottom tank before I convert the upper tank to a live planted aquarium as well. It will take time, money, and the effort to learn but i'm glad i found this forum as there is lots of useful information. Enough blabbering here are some photos. Thanks!







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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-13-2013, 06:51 AM
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Looks good! What is that veneer you're using?

What are you planning to do with the lower tank?

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Veneer? Do you mean the type of material the brick is?
The entire frame is 14guage square tubing metal welded together. The brick material is some sort of very tough and thick cardboard I found at lowes. The black trim is just basic crown molding...
As for plants I wanted to make the bottom tank a plantet aquarium and transfer down the fish from above...and with the above tank i'm still not sure..but i'd like for both to be with live plants as right now it's just plastic decor...Maybe a cichlid? not sure yet but i'm open to suggestions!
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Do you ever get earthquakes? If so, you may have a problem due to racking loads and the cantilevered upper tank shelf, with the heavy bending load on the rear vertical supports, especially where the diagonal braces are welded to the vertical supports. Steel is very strong, but it does have stress limits too.

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No earthquakes here...i added a 3rd beam down the middle backside of it...i also stood up on top of it with a buddy of mine at the same time..we're bot 6 feet over 200 lbs each and there was no bend whatsoever...the level did not move a mm from when we put the tank up there empty to full of water...it feels a bit scary but should be safe...if it comes crashing down i'll be sure to post it here haha
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if it were me, i would still add a vertical bar on either side of the upper tank down as the center of gravity appears to be very high.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-15-2013, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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even though it's very hard to flip i also welded to plates on the back which i can screw into my base board but don't feel like i need too...since the upper tank is thinner than the bottome tank...the weight is more towards the back...the uppe tank is about 12 inche deep from front to back...bottom one is about 20 inches...

haha u really want one xmas? took me a whole weekend to built non stop...
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Hmm, is that the same fake brick used for mildly tacky walls? :lol:
I like it!

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even though it's very hard to flip i also welded to plates on the back which i can screw into my base board but don't feel like i need too...since the upper tank is thinner than the bottome tank...the weight is more towards the back...the uppe tank is about 12 inche deep from front to back...bottom one is about 20 inches...

haha u really want one xmas? took me a whole weekend to built non stop...
I really like it. I'd want something for just one tank though. I think the shipping costs might be a deal breaker though. PM if you would be interested.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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lol yes it is legot...
lets find out what shipping would be...putting together is fairly cheap
ill pm u xmas
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