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diy cinder block stand

anyone have a design for a cinder block stand that would work to hold a 70g tank?
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I put a third stack of cinder blocks in the middle of my stand. What are the dimensions of your 70g?

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This is a glass tank, correct? It makes a difference because glass is very rigid, and a glass tank won't flex very much even if it's only supported at the ends. You have to be much more careful to support the middle of an acrylic tank.
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i'm going to support the middle anyway and yes it is glass.
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Do you have the cinder blocks already? If not, why not just build a frame out of 2x4s and some screws? If you ever want to then improve the appearance it would be easily "skinnable" with plywood or mdf.

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building a cinderblock stand is cheaper and i don't really care about apperance.
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i'm going to support the middle anyway and yes it is glass.
In that case I think you should be pretty confident that whatever you build will support your tank safely.
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okay thanks
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Cinderblocks should be fine, just be sure you stack the cinder blocks so that the holes line up vertically, that's the way they are load rated, if you stack them any other way there's a chance they could split and you'd end up with broken cinderblocks, broken glass and water all over your floor.
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yep i put that into account.
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Can everyone post pictures of their cinder block stands? I'm trying to get ideas on how to cover the blocks up.

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Can everyone post pictures of their cinder block stands? I'm trying to get ideas on how to cover the blocks up.
I have a metal (non-aquarium) stand that I found out in the barn and was way too ugly to use under my display tank. I made a tight-fitting fabric drape for it using hot-melt iron-on glue tape. It looks pretty good, and I think it cost me less than $5.
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Can you post a picture?

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Question 75g and cinder block stand ??

I'd like to see some pics too of anyone that has a tank on cinder blocks.

I'm picking up a 75g,and with the tanks being set up in the basement,I see no need to spend the $250 or so for a nice stand when I can get cinder blocks,2x4's,plywood/MDF for less than $100

anyone have a guess or suggestion on how many blocks to use under a 75 ??

just need enough room under it for an XP3
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