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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-13-2015, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Wire Shelf HDX

Just curious to know if a wire hdx shelf which is rated for 350 pounds per shelf is enough to support a tank. there is currently a smaller tank on the shelf and that gives a slight bend so i am concerned about it. The tank is a 29 gallon tank too.

This is the shelf i have here http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-5-She...specifications
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-13-2015, 04:34 AM
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No. These wire shelves are strong, but not long term. Maybe 15 gallons would be safe, but anything bigger is trouble.
You would need plywood, 3/4 thick on each shelf with a tank, the wood would have to be the exact size of the wire shelf.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-13-2015, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking of outting extra support using the ply wood and amybe something underneath. but it would be temp untill i can possible up it to a shelf that can hold more weight
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-13-2015, 06:39 PM
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you need the heavy duty metal ones

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2015, 01:52 AM
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I've been using one like that for a few years. i had it hold two 20Ls for about a year. in the three years i've been using it has held no less than 1 20l and 1 10g. i have even moved 4 times with it.


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 06:43 PM
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I used one of those in the 4' wide variety. I put four ten gallon tanks (racked end-wise) on three of the shelves. I did use a layer of 1/2" plywood on the shelves with the tanks. Even with the plywood there was about 1/8" of deflection (sag) with the weight of the tanks. That being said there was no problem with the shelf unit holding the weight.
One other thing, I did use two tie straps to the wall near the top of the unit just to be sure that it couldn't fall over (probably never would have but gave me piece of mind).
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 07:23 PM
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if the shelf is bending, at all, it's not strong enough.

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