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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a piece of IKEA Furniture to hold a tank

I am thinking of a 10, maybe a 15 gallon tank.

Is there a piece of wooden, not expensive IKEA furniture that could hold such a tank?

I hate what is offered in Petco and Petsmart, The Stands look awful.
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I bought this one at Petsmart two days ago... was $45 on sale. About as terrible quality-wise as Ikea, but I like the look anyway.
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That's a 10G petsmart tank, FYI.
That stand is what I am trying to avoid.
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That stand is what I am trying to avoid.
Haha, ok then

Have tools handy? I built this one with some leftover MDF I had... price was right

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Haha, ok then

Have tools handy? I built this one with some leftover MDF I had... price was right
I do not have a tool shed, or I would build one myself.

I need to know if IKEA has one that I can just bring home and assemble with a screwdriver.

Oh! and BTW, should one put a blanket or a piece of cloth underneath an aquarium to even out the stress, if it is a glass rimmed aquarium, say 10 or 15 gallons.
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I do not have a tool shed, or I would build one myself.

I need to know if IKEA has one that I can just bring home and assemble with a screwdriver.

Oh! and BTW, should one put a blanket or a piece of cloth underneath an aquarium to even out the stress, if it is a glass rimmed aquarium, say 10 or 15 gallons.
IKEA does have a website.
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i'd say most anything from ikea that will fit the dimensions of a 10/15g base is strong enough to hold the tank.

one thing to consider when shopping, make sure the tank trim is above, or inline with, a vertical support.

granted a 10g tank is around 100lbs, but I'm fairly sure ikeas crap furniture is made to at least handle that amount of weight.
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Is there a piece of IKEA Furniture to hold a tank

The peg and nut system they use isn't too stable, side to side. I wouldn't use it to hold anything more than a 10 g.


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Believe it or not I used this IKEA stand for a 25-gallon tank for 5-6 years with no problems....

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70011793/

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I'm using this currently for a 15-gallon tank. It's overkill size-wise, but they have smaller versions.
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The peg and nut system they use isn't too stable, side to side. I wouldn't use it to hold anything more than a 10 g.
that is a very good point. Might want to consider wood glue, elmers or titebond should do it. that should probably be better than reinforcing with screws only because I'd assume they'd break apart the wood chips.
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This stand doesn't look a like typical Petco or Petsmart junk. Too bad it doestn't come with four independent doors. I got mine, "typical" stand for 72 bow front. I took the time and made it look completely different. I guess I should post that project here.

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I bought this one at Petsmart two days ago... was $45 on sale. About as terrible quality-wise as Ikea, but I like the look anyway.
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Sure, this one looks cool. It seems to be well put together. If I had a square rimless tank this would def. be a good choice for it. The only thing I would be afraid of are the wheels. They must have used junky materials to build them.
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Believe it or not I used this IKEA stand for a 25-gallon tank for 5-6 years with no problems....

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70011793/
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Sure, this one looks cool. It seems to be well put together. If I had a square rimless tank this would def. be a good choice for it. The only thing I would be afraid of are the wheels. They must have used junky materials to build them.
Yes, I was worried about the wheels. But even with 160 pounds of water and 50 pounds of live rock, it didn't so much as jiggle. My initial test for it was to stand on it -- I'm only 112 pounds, but I assumed that if I could stand on it and shake it around and it didn't fall apart then it would hold a small tank (by the way, a 25-gal cube fit perfectly on it I think with just a little bit of overhang (1-2 inches) on each side.

Anyway, that tank is gone, but the stand is now in my kitchen holding dog food, pots, pans, etc... and still going strong!
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