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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Would This Work As A Tank Stand?

I have this shelving unit from Lowes in my room and the top shelf isn't being used. I wanted a different place to put my Finnex 4 and was thinking about the top shelf. The site says it could hold the weight but my question is, would it be alright with the bars being spaced the way they are or should i put something under it and if so what?
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It probably would be fine but I would put a piece of plywood or equivalent under it just for piece of mind.
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LOL>>

i just put one up last night..

with 4 20g longs..

BUT i got one from homedepot that was rated for 350lbs per shelf..
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If you can as said above put a piece of ply wood over it. If you have the tools putting 2x4 lumber under and screwing the plywood into it will help dramatically with the flex. The racking is pretty cheap. Just some plastic holds the shelves where you set them at. If your planning on putting a few tanks on it down the road I would consider the Muscle rack stuff they sell. We used that in the store when we needed to do seasonal end caps or promo stuff that wasn't worth ordering rack from the distribution center.
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I have this shelving unit from Lowes in my room and the top shelf isn't being used. I wanted a different place to put my Finnex 4 and was thinking about the top shelf. The site says it could hold the weight but my question is, would it be alright with the bars being spaced the way they are or should i put something under it and if so what?
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Won't hold a tank, maybe a tiny one.


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Won't hold a tank, maybe a tiny one.


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Well I only plan on putting a 4 gallon on it.

Thanks everyone else for the quick responses. I don't know if I can get plywood because I don't have the tools to cut it to size but ill look into it.
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Take the measurements to Lowe's they cut wood in store as long as the saw isn't broken.
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It claims to hold 250 pounds per shelf. My mom has that and it hold quite a lot of canned goods, etc. I doubt a 4 gallon tank weighs more than 250 lbs. A piece of foam or plywood under the tank for the glass maybe.

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It will most certainly hold a tank.

I use a similar shelving unit from Home Depot that holds an 8 gallon Ebi.

And I use larger ones to hold 20 gallon tanks.

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Won't hold a tank, maybe a tiny one.
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It will most certainly hold a tank.

I use a similar shelving unit from Home Depot that holds an 8 gallon Ebi.

And I use larger ones to hold 20 gallon tanks.
I just looked at your journal for you ebi. Did you put anything on the shelf? If not, does that not stress the seams? I'm not familiar with the Ebi.
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There's a thick liner beneath the tank.

It's such a small tank that there's not much of a need to worry about seam stress as long as it's positioned well on the shelf.

A nice slat of wood, though, wouldn't hurt.

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Could it be cut to fit under the tank or would it be better for it to cover the entire shelf?
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I tend to think it looks better with the entire shelf covered in the setups I've seen. Probably a bit more stable, as well.
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It claims to hold 250 pounds per shelf. My mom has that and it hold quite a lot of canned goods, etc. I doubt a 4 gallon tank weighs more than 250 lbs. A piece of foam or plywood under the tank for the glass maybe.

Don't know is someone posted this, but a 4G tank probably only weighs about 8-10lbs empty and water is ~8lbs per gallon. So your looking at about 40-60 pounds. (including filter, light, gravel, water, fish, plants, etc)


I'd say go for it!

PS: Adding a piece of thin styrofoam or rubber mat will flatten out any (within reason) discrepancies in the shelf
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I wouldn't do much more than that though. When a stand has in the description "light-duty" and "super light Post"...that turns me off in a hurry, especially when it comes to holding my fish tanks.

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