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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Diy 40 gal breeder stand

Ive never built a stand before, and seemed pretty simple. So I gave it a shot. Total cost for wood was about $60. Additional costs for wood screws, wood filler, primer, and paint came to about $40. All and all cheaper then buying a brand new stand. Ive tested the weight capacity of this stand, and is more than enough to support the 40 gallon. Im going to paint it today a dark brown color. Then start cycling water, and preparing for aquascape .
I found alot of instructional videos on youtube about building this stand. THANKS YOUTUBE, and enjoy plantedtank

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Looks great. Some people will say your build is overkill but I'm a firm believer in "better safe than sorry" . Its supporting the lives of your pets so why not make it extra strong.

Great job on the build, looks really good. That stand will last forever, ha ha.

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Thanks, and I agree. Better safe then sorry. The total weight of tank and decorations is probably 500lbs. This stand can hold alot more then that. Also is better built then stands sold from stores. If you want something done right DO IT YOURSELF!
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I was just looking for a stand for the 40 gallon breeder i'm about to buy. I may have to build one like yours! I can't wait to see how it looks after paint!
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Finally finished the stand. Enjoy the pictures! I think I might start selling custom built stands.

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If you were closer I would buy one.
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haha i may have to make a trip to SA for that. Looks sweet!
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I think I might start selling custom built stands.

I thought about that, and then I thought about the liability. What happens when 50 gallons of water spill out of an aquarium in a 3rd-floor apartment, and somebody tries to say it's your fault? If you are serious, you better look into starting an LLC or something.
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Hmmmm. 4-5 hour drive from me. How much would you charge for one similar?(= I ordered this on from petco but yours is looking sweeeet.
http://www.petco.com/product/101395/...ium-Stand.aspx
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Hmmmm. 4-5 hour drive from me. How much would you charge for one similar?(= I ordered this on from petco but yours is looking sweeeet.
http://www.petco.com/product/101395/...ium-Stand.aspx
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You make a good point. I though about that, and im confident in my work. Im gonna have to look into what type of warranty manufactures place on there stands. Then try and come up with something equivalent.
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I did look up the warrantys manufactures offer. They offer 90 days. I would offer something similar. For something like that petco stand I would guess about $100......maybe less. The petco stand looks pretty plan and simple. It really depends on you, and what you want. The trim on my stand was only $10, and there are so many different types of trim. So again it depends on you. I would only charge for the wood and labor. The build was relatively simple and Im a perfectionist. So i spent alot of time sanding, and using wood filler to hide any imperfections. I also left my stand open, because I plan on putting a smaller tank on the bottom for new fish. Also in case my fish have babies

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You make a good point. I though about that, and im confident in my work. Im gonna have to look into what type of warranty manufactures place on there stands. Then try and come up with something equivalent.
Are you confident that no one will try to sue you anyway? Are you confident that every jury will find in your favor?
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If you are that paranoid, you better put a disclaimer on this thread, or someone will follow your directions make one themselves and sue you anyways. Then you could sue the guy on youtube who made the video. America........
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Im confident and smart enough to know what Im doing. Also to cover myself from people who are looking for handouts.
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