I've got a 14 gallon Biocube that I wanted to set up for a freshwater planted aquarium and I was thinking I could put it on a dresser but I wasn't sure if it will hold it. I currently have a 5.5 gallon aquarium on it, but obviously the 14 gallon is quite a bit heavier. The dresser is just pressed/particle board but my concerns are that it would bow in the middle where it would sit. There are no vertical supports. I don't have room for stand or I'd put it on a proper one.
On the Concrete block idea. HomeDepot has 2'x2' plywood "Hobby Pannels" they will cut to size for free. You could have one cut down in two pc. one as a base on the floor on as a stand top. Go to the molding & trim dept. and get some flyscreen molding. It's sold by the foot. You cut it yourself that have a saw, table and tape measure there. I use that to trim up plywood edges.
Rustolium has a wood paint that works great on stands holds up nice for water spills.
On the concrete block stack. Get a yoga mat and put a pc between each block to act as a gasket, trim with a razor. That will give you a stack that won't wobble.
.....Frank, where did you get that metal rack I saw in your aquaponics vid? definitely need one of those. How much weight do those hold on each level?
HomeDepot it was $77. It's rated at 600#s a shelf but that's crazy talk. Maybe if you spread the weight over the shelf perfectly even? I replaced the fiberboard shelves with1/2" plywood. Under the bottom shelf were my 40sump tank is I have some scrape lumber sitting on a stack of red bricks.
In hindsight I should have used 3/4" plywood but all I had was 1/2"
Last edited by DogFish; 04-27-2013 at 11:50 AM.
do not use the stand if its particle board its just like pressed cardboard strong until they get wet then they fall apart, and you know being around and aquarium you will spill water at one time or another.
almost any other dresser would work ive got a 55g on with zero issues and thats with 1" not 2x4s.