Is there a piece of IKEA Furniture to hold a tank
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-30-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
CuriousAmerican
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 44
Default 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.
CuriousAmerican is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
l8nite
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 685
Default

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.
l8nite is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
Jaques
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 24
Default

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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by l8nite View Post
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.
Jaques is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
l8nite
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 685
Default

That's a 10G petsmart tank, FYI.
l8nite is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
CuriousAmerican
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 44
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by l8nite View Post
That's a 10G petsmart tank, FYI.
That stand is what I am trying to avoid.
CuriousAmerican is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
l8nite
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 685
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CuriousAmerican View Post
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

l8nite is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
CuriousAmerican
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 44
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by l8nite View Post
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.
CuriousAmerican is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #8
bikinibottom
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 115
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CuriousAmerican View Post
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.
bikinibottom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
scapegoat
Planted Tank Guru
 
scapegoat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 2,231
Default

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.
__________________
scapegoat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 02:56 PM   #10
mistergreen
No more Bow ties
 
mistergreen's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 14,257
Default 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.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
mistergreen is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #11
bikinibottom
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 115
Default

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/

Last edited by bikinibottom; 01-30-2013 at 03:03 PM.. Reason: edited to add link
bikinibottom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 04:12 PM   #12
Jaques
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 24
Default

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.
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikinibottom View Post
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/
Jaques is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 07:33 PM   #13
bikinibottom
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 115
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaques View Post
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!
bikinibottom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2013, 05:48 AM   #14
lochaber
Planted Tank Guru
 
lochaber's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,138
Default

I was going to suggest looking at things like their kitchen carts, since they seem to be fairly sturdy, but bikinibottom beat me to it.

If side-side/shear(?) reinforcement is a concern, check the area with the modular wooden shelving, I think there was a reinforcing item that was a pair of metal rods, riveted in the center, with holes in each end. Just form into an X that fits the back/side/legs/whatever, and screw it in, should add some stability.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/67797300/

As most people said above, I'd be hesitant to use Ikea (or most other furniture) for an aquarium stand for anything much over 10 gallons or so...

Last edited by lochaber; 01-31-2013 at 05:54 AM.. Reason: adding link
lochaber is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
creekbottom
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 697
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bikinibottom View Post
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/
I'm using this stand with a 20 tall. Looks good. I got a couple of baskets that fit on the shelves so that I can hide stuff in them.

The only problem I have had is levelling the stand because of the wheels on only one side, it's also on carpet.
creekbottom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012