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Yesterday 06:02 PM
Aquaticus You don't need a middle brace. It would be more for aesthetics or function (door stop).
Yesterday 05:59 PM
kitty_did Question - For a 40B tank, would it be better to add a middle brace, like Sdylanh did in post #190?
02-14-2014 10:50 PM
Method Just got mine done a few days ago. The lights are PAR38 LEDs (9X2 W) with Ikea bowls for shades, hung from 1/2" electrical conduit. The shiny right side of the stand is a sheet of acrylic to keep my toddlers from messing with my DVR and PS3. The tank sits directly under my TV...

Thanks to Hydrophyte and AnotherHobby for design inspiration!
01-23-2014 12:33 AM
lochaber I think it would work if you build it big enough so that the legs sit just on the outside of the 10 gallons, and then add another set of braces on each level for the horizontals that will support the rim under the sides of the 10G.

Basically, build the stand wide (front to back) to fit a 10 gallon, but a bit too long (right to left), and then add in another set of horizontal supports to fit it to the 10g.
01-22-2014 01:34 AM
Aqualady Does anyone know how I can do this for it to 2 ten gallons, one on top and other on the bottom? The space I have to work with is 24x13.....I want it 31" tall.
09-25-2013 06:14 AM
lochaber
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Originally Posted by Knicolas View Post
So I'm planning on making a stand but using only 2x4's. My tank is a Mini-L with the dimensions: 45cmx27cmx30cm (approx:18"x10.5"x12"). My question is: without adding a plywood top, would the tank be safely supported with just the outer edges of the stand? Also, what's the highest I can safely make the stand if the stand were to be made close to 18"W x 10.5"D?

For a tank of that dimensions, you could do a really simple (and easy) stand out of a couple lengths of 2x12 - it will be wide enough(~11.5") to support the width of the tank, and it's plenty strong. I've currently got a 20XH set up on a stand made out of a single 2"x12"x12' (meant to get 10', but wasn't paying attention, and have a bit over a foot of scrap 2x12...). I'm trying to upload a pic from my phone, but sometimes it takes a while (or just doesn't work...)

basically take two pieces for the verticle segments, and run some simple dados in them about 3/4-1" deep(I did mine with a circ saw and chisels), and then stick the shelve segments in them, glue and screw, finish, and you're set. -I've got a set of bookshelves about a decade old I did in the same manner, and one of the ends is cupping, but the horizontals have been held pretty stable by the dados. And it's pretty strong, especially considered the time and planning (or lack thereof) that went into it.


aaand... I can't get the pic from my phone (and likely you wouldn't be able to make out anything aside from the clutter on/around my stand anyways...), so here's some google search images to try and demonstrate:

like this, except rotated 90 degrees

just like this, except only two shelves, and actual-sized

I hope some of that made sense, it really is easy, and strong...
09-25-2013 03:07 AM
AnotherHobby
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I'm not a good designer, when it comes to selecting good proportions. I do notice when I see a design that doesn't seem "right" in proportions, and that was what I reacted to with this one. Unfortunately, I don't know why it seems "not right". When I made a somewhat similar stand, I took Hydrophytes design and kept the same proportions of the parts, and was very pleased with the final appearance. (I measured everything from the photo and figured the proportions from that.) Good design is a skill, and I suspect it is in part something that can be taught, but also in part just good artistic judgment, something I lack.
I chose my proportions based specifically on being able to fit my CO2 tank on/in the lower shelf. Sometimes when you design to mechanical specification you end up sacrificing in the aesthetic. While I enjoy the look of this stand in general (and can't see the proportions behind my chair anyway), I'm contemplating swapping it out for an Ikea stand that Brian_Cali77 is using. It would fit the modern look of my tank and lights better, and offers more storage.
09-25-2013 02:40 AM
Hoppy
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Originally Posted by Lornek8 View Post
Having started with reading this post I wasn't sure what Hoppy's comments were about, but having looked at the pics with the legs exposed gave me some ideas. To me, the stand with the 4x4 legs exposed looks a bit "heavy" and clumsy for the tank. Kinda like looking at an elephant. For a larger stand I think the look would work but for a smaller tank I think it might work better with the lower support closer to the ground. Just my personal opinion though, still love the looks of the stand and the doors/sides. Kinda a tansu-ish look to the stand.
I'm not a good designer, when it comes to selecting good proportions. I do notice when I see a design that doesn't seem "right" in proportions, and that was what I reacted to with this one. Unfortunately, I don't know why it seems "not right". When I made a somewhat similar stand, I took Hydrophytes design and kept the same proportions of the parts, and was very pleased with the final appearance. (I measured everything from the photo and figured the proportions from that.) Good design is a skill, and I suspect it is in part something that can be taught, but also in part just good artistic judgment, something I lack.
09-24-2013 03:24 PM
WEGL5280
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So I'm planning on making a stand but using only 2x4's. My tank is a Mini-L with the dimensions: 45cmx27cmx30cm (approx:18"x10.5"x12"). My question is: without adding a plywood top, would the tank be safely supported with just the outer edges of the stand? Also, what's the highest I can safely make the stand if the stand were to be made close to 18"W x 10.5"D?
With a rimless glass tank, or acrylic (I believe), you really need a flat surface beneath it to prevent bowing of the bottom pane. I would definitely do a plywood top on it, and then your "garden mat" for $30 (OR a $6 roll of black slip-resistant drawer liner from HomeDepot, enough to do about 3-4 custom fit rimless mats, and about 99% identical material )
09-24-2013 12:12 PM
Stone454
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Originally Posted by Knicolas View Post
So I'm planning on making a stand but using only 2x4's. My tank is a Mini-L with the dimensions: 45cmx27cmx30cm (approx:18"x10.5"x12"). My question is: without adding a plywood top, would the tank be safely supported with just the outer edges of the stand? Also, what's the highest I can safely make the stand if the stand were to be made close to 18"W x 10.5"D?
I do not know this specific tank, but if it has a rim or feet you should only need support on the edges/feet, if it is flat on the bottom i would fully support the bottom but use a piece of leather or something to put under the tank to give it a bit of cushion to keep it from getting scratched and so on
09-24-2013 10:17 AM
Knicolas So I'm planning on making a stand but using only 2x4's. My tank is a Mini-L with the dimensions: 45cmx27cmx30cm (approx:18"x10.5"x12"). My question is: without adding a plywood top, would the tank be safely supported with just the outer edges of the stand? Also, what's the highest I can safely make the stand if the stand were to be made close to 18"W x 10.5"D?
09-10-2013 08:10 PM
AnotherHobby
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Originally Posted by Lornek8 View Post
Having started with reading this post I wasn't sure what Hoppy's comments were about, but having looked at the pics with the legs exposed gave me some ideas. To me, the stand with the 4x4 legs exposed looks a bit "heavy" and clumsy for the tank. Kinda like looking at an elephant. For a larger stand I think the look would work but for a smaller tank I think it might work better with the lower support closer to the ground. Just my personal opinion though, still love the looks of the stand and the doors/sides. Kinda a tansu-ish look to the stand.
I don't disagree. Luckily I (or anybody) can't see it because it's behind my chair.
09-10-2013 06:17 PM
ipkiss very nice! I thought it was a bit ghetto when my dad built something similar back in the day to support his 75G because nothing we found at the stores seemed solid enough (I think he used the simpson series of joints too!) -- but I never was creative enough to figure out that finishing the wood would've made all the difference!

thanks OP and everyone else who posted their ideas!
09-10-2013 05:40 PM
Lornek8
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Originally Posted by AnotherHobby View Post
Thanks everyone! As for using a kreg jig, I have no idea. I'm not any sort of master work worker, so that's something you'd have to look into.

Hoppy, you are spot on with regards to the weight capacity on the acrylic. I'm not sure it could even support a second finnex unit like a Monster Ray, but it might. I'd have to try it. As for any non-led unit, I don't think it'd have a chance. Also, I'm curious about your thoughts on the proportions. Are you thinking of where I chose to put the lower cross unit? I wasn't entirely happy with that after I did it, but it's done. I think it would look better higher up, but then I couldn't fit all my equipment under it. My Fluval 306 sneaks out with less than 1/4" of space.

Otherwise, the width matches the tank, the depth is as shallow as I could go with these supports (which is 2" past the tank in back), and the height is to make it perfect viewing height for my chair that sit's immediately beside it.

I do think the stand it's slightly imposing for the tank. However, with the way it sits normally, much of the stand hides behind my chair (the plant to the left is normally up against it, touching it):


Having started with reading this post I wasn't sure what Hoppy's comments were about, but having looked at the pics with the legs exposed gave me some ideas. To me, the stand with the 4x4 legs exposed looks a bit "heavy" and clumsy for the tank. Kinda like looking at an elephant. For a larger stand I think the look would work but for a smaller tank I think it might work better with the lower support closer to the ground. Just my personal opinion though, still love the looks of the stand and the doors/sides. Kinda a tansu-ish look to the stand.
09-10-2013 05:24 PM
Lornek8
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Originally Posted by Mostlydave View Post
That stand is amazing AnotherHobby!

do you think it would be possible to build this using a kreg jig intead of the brackets?

The 2x4s and 4x4 would be screwed to each other and glued and then the whole stand could be screwed and glued to the 3/4 inch peice the tank is actually sitting on.

I think it would look great assemled without the brackets and with no visible screws

The stand could easiley and quickly done with a Kreg Jig. I'd go for the newer HD version as they are designed for 2x material and are much stronger than the standard version. All-in-all pretty strong construction though most likely not as strong as with the brackets.
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