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Old 08-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Bracing a store-bought stand


Got this stand and bow front tank (my first since I was a teenager) from Petco - had a deal with the wife, it can go in the living room if she can pick the tank & stand for looks on the outside. Works for me!



Couldn't believe the whole back of the stand is open! no back, no brace across the top, no brace in the middle of the back. Must work out for most people, they sell a bunch of these.

I'm paranoid, so a few bucks for some boards at home depot (just pine board, like 1/2 inch by 3 or 4), cut, counter-sink screws in a box frame/ "L' shape and add top and bottom pads. Fit was just tight enough to slide in and out (and gave me a place to hang my power strip.

Fill with water - and look at that, the weight of the tank turn "slide fit" into "can't even budge it". They should really brace these things better. If I had it to do over I would brace the whole interior too.





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Old 08-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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Nice support. But I don't think they would sell a stand that couldn't hold the weight of the tank it was designed for

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Nice support. But I don't think they would sell a stand that couldn't hold the weight of the tank it was designed for

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It's like the Building Code. Building Code is the minimum. Stands are built the same way. Minimum required to do the job for a price people are willing to pay.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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I'm sometimes surprised at the lack of quality in commercial stands. I've done a fair amount of swapping through Craigslist and there are some stands out there that are made strong enough to hold but the question becomes for how long. I believe it is the Aqueon brand which has very thin boards used on edge for the tank to set on. Then this ring of 1/2" boards are set on top of the walls. Once the corner fasteners begin to pull apart, the whole thing is a nightmare.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #5
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Yep - didn't want to be one of the x% "acceptable failure numbers" with 36 gallons on the wall to wall carpet.

This is an aqueon too - at least the top board is set on the side boards, no connectors taking the weight. One board in the back would have made it feel a lot more stable.
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My stand that I built for a 40B is completely open backed with no problems.






Makes dealing with equipment a lot easier. Then again, I have a ton more confidence in this stand than anything Pet*** sells.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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I would trust your stand too - that back member up on the short edge is very strong, and the center top brace would make it rigid.

The one I have had no back member at all - just the thin top board (like a table top)
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