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Old 04-27-2013, 04:19 AM   #1
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I've got a 14 gallon Biocube that I wanted to set up for a freshwater planted aquarium and I was thinking I could put it on a dresser but I wasn't sure if it will hold it. I currently have a 5.5 gallon aquarium on it, but obviously the 14 gallon is quite a bit heavier. The dresser is just pressed/particle board but my concerns are that it would bow in the middle where it would sit. There are no vertical supports. I don't have room for stand or I'd put it on a proper one.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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That would be about 102+ #s. If you can sit on the dresser it will hold the tank.

You could got to Home Depot and get 4 concrete blocks(16x8x8") and stack them up and place pc of plywood on as a top. That would only take up 16x8" footprint on the floor.

OR, you could tell Criss you need a raise so you can afford a proper stand.

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Ha, good to see you Frank.

He's no longer my store manager he's at downer's grove now and we have Jesse, they switched stores.

Won't be there for much longer though, next Saturday will be my last as I've put in my two weeks notice. Going to try educating myself again.

It'll definitely hold me though so I may give it a try.
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Kind of a jumbled mess of rotala at the moment but those are your crypts in there, except the new one still in the pot of course.

Here's a better picture from before.

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One can never go wrong investing in their education. Once you get the 14gl up post up some pics or better yet start a journal page.

The Crypts look great!
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I'm sure it depends on the dresser. I'll be using my dresser for my 20 gallon long.
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Edit: Just looked them up on the interwebs, they're dirt cheap and they hold like 800lbs a level. pretty awesome and I think I'll be taking a trip to home depot this weekend.

On a side note Frank, where did you get that metal rack I saw in your aquaponics vid? definitely need one of those. How much weight do those hold on each level?
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On the Concrete block idea. HomeDepot has 2'x2' plywood "Hobby Pannels" they will cut to size for free. You could have one cut down in two pc. one as a base on the floor on as a stand top. Go to the molding & trim dept. and get some flyscreen molding. It's sold by the foot. You cut it yourself that have a saw, table and tape measure there. I use that to trim up plywood edges.

Rustolium has a wood paint that works great on stands holds up nice for water spills.

On the concrete block stack. Get a yoga mat and put a pc between each block to act as a gasket, trim with a razor. That will give you a stack that won't wobble.



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.....Frank, where did you get that metal rack I saw in your aquaponics vid? definitely need one of those. How much weight do those hold on each level?
HomeDepot it was $77. It's rated at 600#s a shelf but that's crazy talk. Maybe if you spread the weight over the shelf perfectly even? I replaced the fiberboard shelves with1/2" plywood. Under the bottom shelf were my 40sump tank is I have some scrape lumber sitting on a stack of red bricks.

In hindsight I should have used 3/4" plywood but all I had was 1/2"

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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do not use the stand if its particle board its just like pressed cardboard strong until they get wet then they fall apart, and you know being around and aquarium you will spill water at one time or another.

almost any other dresser would work ive got a 55g on with zero issues and thats with 1" not 2x4s.
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