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Old 01-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Has anyone used petco metal stand like this one below. Is it sturdy for a 40 breeder? I was thinking building a simple wood stand using 2x4, but i wont be saving much money building it myself. If it is good, then I would rather spend some extra money and buy it from the store. Thanks.

http:// www.petco.com/product/119923/Petco-Brooklyn-Metal-Tank-Stand.aspx?CoreCat=LN_FishSupplies_StandsFurniture
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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I just ordered two of those for the two 40-gal breeders I bought during the $1/gal sale on tanks. Online they were only $60 and with free shipping. The store here would not match the price. Being delivered tomorrow. Meanwhile, I bought one for my 10-gal and have it in hand. Very solid stand. What I like the most is the levelling feet. My floor is not true, and I hate an uneven waterline!
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:42 AM   #3
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Actually got one for $35 shipped a few weeks ago, can't beat that price. Seems plenty strong for a 40 breeder...
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:46 AM   #4
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Actually got one for $35 shipped a few weeks ago, can't beat that price. Seems plenty strong for a 40 breeder...
How did you get it for $35 shipped?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:52 AM   #5
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It was on sale for $43 and some change a really weird price...$5 shipping and had $10 reward dollars. The sale was really weird and random, got an email about it and couldn't believe the price. All of them were less than $50.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:03 AM   #6
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I think it's fairly safe to assume that if a major chain carries a stand intended to hold a given size tank, it will probably work fine for that. -now that I think of it, when I first started with aquaria, the tanks with warranties were only honored if it was kept on a manufactured/store bought stand.

Anyways, I haven't seen very many stands in the stores that I thought were worth buying, they almost always seem to be some bad combination of overpriced, poor quality, or ugly.

Granted, I think I've seen that stand in the store, and I thought it didn't look too bad for the price. I'm still heavily biased towards DIY 2x4 stands, but that's more cause I like messing with stuff and planning it out, and making it fit my specific situation, and less about saving money.

Leveling feet are a nice touch, I didn't realize it had them. -it's not too hard to get some after market or DIY ones if you want to add some to a stand you like, plus it's easier, better looking, and probably more stable then pounding shims under one end of a stand.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:36 AM   #7
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I have that stand - easy to assemble, very sturdy, love the leveling feet. Just skip the little squishy pads you're supposed to put on the top - they all got scraped off when we put the tank on top anyway.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:34 PM   #8
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This metal stand is exactly what I plan to buy for my 40B this weekend.

Would be nice if it had shelves, but those can be readily created with metal shelving pieces, or plywood.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:20 AM   #9
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FYI: The Brooklyn stand replaces the Manhattan model, which is discontinued -- and deep discounted. I purchased one this evening for my 40B for $29.00.
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can i use plywood to put a smaller tank on it?
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Have a 55 on one of these. Sturdy and does what it's supposed to do. If you don't mind not having a place to store/hide equipment such as a canister filter and other supplies, go for it. Can't beat the price. Very easy to assemble.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #12
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can i use plywood to put a smaller tank on it?
Based on the info you provided, you should have no problems at all. They are steel frames, very strong.
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During the Christmas times they were on sale for even cheaper. They are very sturdy compared to the one you can get on Foster Smith but they just can't accomodate same size tank on the bottom that they can.
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can i use plywood to put a smaller tank on it?

Just make sure you use a decent thickness of plywood, so that it doesn't bow/flex significantly. And use some foam or something too.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #15
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FYI: When assembling these stands it is a good idea to not immediately tighten the bolts. Insert and hand-tighten so there is still some play in the top, side and bottom pieces. Then flip it upside down on a table or other flat surface and tighten the bolts sequentially, from corner to corner, to assure the top remains flat.

Even then, you will likely not be able to tighten the bolts completely, and keep the frame parts flat, because the bolt holes in the sides are slightly misaligned. But you will be able to tighten it enough, and use the adjustable legs to compensate for any corner-to-corner rocking when you set the tank on top of it.
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