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Old 09-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #16
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Ikea something.... middle support beam, white glass cover on top, one side shelf.


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Old 09-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #17
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Love the setup FlyingHellFish. So organized and classy. I like the choice of doors with the red/clear glass.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #18
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For an acrylic tank, any furniture/stand you use will have to have something in the center supporting it as well; a simple shelf of wood with no central support will deform, causing possible failure of the tank. You will want to have either joists and/or braces to transfer the weight to the corner support columns, and/or you will want to add central support columns.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #19
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+ substrate which with a 2"ish layer in my 40 gallon is almost 90lbs.. then the tank itself weighs 58 lbs... then any equipment, decorations, hardscapes, plants,light fixtures, glass tops, etc...

There is a reason why stands made for aquarium use come with a weight rating... For this OP's 5 gallon there may be no problem at all... But I don't ant someone else here on the forum with a larger tank to purchase something like this for a large tank trusting advice of the forum and destroying an apartment or house... especially those of us who are not the actual owner of the property and rent.
- my comment was not advise, but a fact
- nothing to do with rent vs own
- forum's advise is for thinking people; cannot fix stupid
- physics before emotions

Anyways, valid points on warp, which is a function of distances to weight-bearing supports.

The total weight of the tank is not sufficient information for choosing a stand: it is the weight (pressure) per area that really counts, in conjunction with weight distribution. In other words, a piece of furniture with a "strip" base can safely support more weight then one of the same footprint but with 4 legs.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #20
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^ Ok, now I'm a bit worried. I have a middle support beam on this desk, think I'm good? It's a 17 gallon ish tank.
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FlyingHellFish sweet setup. Nice tank too!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #22
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^ Ok, now I'm a bit worried. I have a middle support beam on this desk, think I'm good? It's a 17 gallon ish tank.
Your stand looks way more supportive/well made than my actual aquarium stand that advertizes up to a 37 that I have kept a 29 on for years. Very similar design, just looks more substantial in where it is supported both on sides, middle and top.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:41 PM   #23
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Too add...I know people have opinions on this but I am not asking opinions on the difference between a solid wood stand, a DIY stand or the like.


Like many, I have a stand that is already made out of MDF that was made for aquarium use. It is lower grade MDF than most Ikea stuff. It has a simple middle support, much like many Ikea stuff. Ikea MDF is not all that bad when you compare it to MDF stands you find at Petco/Petsmart. Ikea furniture often has 1in or more on side panels but I never see anything less than 1/2 in, what my stand has. Most Ikea stuff I have has threaded inserts and bolts. My stands have the small screw setup with the little circle locking ring. Not that Ikea lamaite is great but it looks good, doesn't hold up as well as it should. My stand looks worse to start, holds up worse than Ikea. Don't get me wrong, Ikea and others have some really awful furniture that should ever be used to hold any weight but that isn't all of their furniture.


My cliff notes/main point is that I am not trying to find Ikea/other furniture that compares to an expensive, solid stand that doesn't fit my home decor. I am trying to find something that compares to my particle board stands that kind of fit my decor that are built as bad as most other furnature I have ever owned. My stand would be considered really crappy by Ikea standards but has been going well for 4-5 years without a problem. If we need to make comparisons, compare a $100 MDF stand with a center panel type brace to other furniture and stop there. Lets be real as to what we are comparing to what. I, and others, wouldn't be looking for $100-200 furnature in lieu of a $400 stand, it's not to save money, it's to expand options.

Sorry for the rant, just saying that the few who have posted have inspired me, the original poster, while others nay say without really understanding how similar it all is.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:56 PM   #24
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Too add...I know people have opinions on this but I am not asking opinions on the difference between a solid wood stand, a DIY stand or the like.


Like many, I have a stand that is already made out of MDF that was made for aquarium use. It is lower grade MDF than most Ikea stuff. It has a simple middle support, much like many Ikea stuff. Ikea MDF is not all that bad when you compare it to MDF stands you find at Petco/Petsmart. Ikea furniture often has 1in or more on side panels but I never see anything less than 1/2 in, what my stand has. Most Ikea stuff I have has threaded inserts and bolts. My stands have the small screw setup with the little circle locking ring. Not that Ikea lamaite is great but it looks good, doesn't hold up as well as it should. My stand looks worse to start, holds up worse than Ikea. Don't get me wrong, Ikea and others have some really awful furniture that should ever be used to hold any weight but that isn't all of their furniture.


My cliff notes/main point is that I am not trying to find Ikea/other furniture that compares to an expensive, solid stand that doesn't fit my home decor. I am trying to find something that compares to my particle board stands that kind of fit my decor that are built as bad as most other furnature I have ever owned. My stand would be considered really crappy by Ikea standards but has been going well for 4-5 years without a problem. If we need to make comparisons, compare a $100 MDF stand with a center panel type brace to other furniture and stop there. Lets be real as to what we are comparing to what. I, and others, wouldn't be looking for $100-200 furnature in lieu of a $400 stand, it's not to save money, it's to expand options.

Sorry for the rant, just saying that the few who have posted have inspired me, the original poster, while others nay say without really understanding how similar it all is.
Any thought of building it yourself and then skinning it? Alternatively, you could also start with more expensive woods and some really amazing things can be made for MUCH less than it looks.

If DIY is not on the table, if you go furniture shopping, bring along enough friends to weigh the same as the tank that is what I did the first time when IKEA was considered (the Expedit tables are DAMN strong for what they are, took easily 700lbs of bouncing weight)
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:33 PM   #25
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Any thought of building it yourself and then skinning it? Alternatively, you could also start with more expensive woods and some really amazing things can be made for MUCH less than it looks.

If DIY is not on the table, if you go furniture shopping, bring along enough friends to weigh the same as the tank that is what I did the first time when IKEA was considered (the Expedit tables are DAMN strong for what they are, took easily 700lbs of bouncing weight)
DIY is not on the table right now as I don't know how to use a table saw or miter saw. I am a very DIY sort of person however and I figured making an ADA style stand would be a great way for me to get familiar with the tools and bond with my pops. I actually really need to learn these tools as I want to redo a lot of the trim in my home as some is old, some is new so they don't match. It's also hard for me to pick up any sizable amount of wood in my 2 door Honda, haha. For now I have to buy.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:39 AM   #26
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I'm interested in this also as I'm looking for an alternate stand for my 10"cube instead of my nightstand.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #27
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I don't have a picture yet, but my stand for my 20g is going to be decorative cinder blocks for supports, painted white, with a top of pickled wood. This tank is going next to the couch so I want a combination tank stand and side table. Something like this coffee table except using the blocks in pic below it, painted white and set up to support tank. I'll post pics when it's completed next week.

The Hubby has reluctantly agreed. I'm the one who'd have cinder block furniture everywhere and he's the one who prefers more traditional things.




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Old 09-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #28
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I guess I should update my side of this since I started the thread. Here is my Ikea Besta stand for a 60P. Stand is dark and camera doesn't pick it up well but I think it came out nice.

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I'd really like to see pictures of this when it's done.

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I don't have a picture yet, but my stand for my 20g is going to be decorative cinder blocks for supports, painted white, with a top of pickled wood. This tank is going next to the couch so I want a combination tank stand and side table. Something like this coffee table except using the blocks in pic below it, painted white and set up to support tank. I'll post pics when it's completed next week.

The Hubby has reluctantly agreed. I'm the one who'd have cinder block furniture everywhere and he's the one who prefers more traditional things.



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Old 09-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #30
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I'd really like to see pictures of this when it's done.
I would as well. My father is really into using stuff like this and thought I was a fool for not using cinder blocks for a stand when I got my first tank.

That is an absolutely beautiful home as well.
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