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Old 10-10-2013, 03:21 AM   #1
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DIY fish tank stand


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I'm planning on building a fish tank stand. The dimensions are 76.1cm x 51.5cm x 30.9cm. It's a shallow 32 gallon tank with a wide footprint.

The drawing uses spruce 2x4s. Each segment represents 1-1/2". Would there be a structural issue? Is it strong enough? If it is, would I be able to use 1x4s or even 1x2s?
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Overkill for 32 gallons methinks. Each one of your posts has 2 2x4s, my 135 gallon is standing on 1 2x4 at each corner. The important part is that the tank rests on the vertical posts, not the horizontal pieces.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Yeah (1) 2x4 on each corner and the rest like you got it will be just fine.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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Would you think that using 1x2s would be okay? Or is that too weak?
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I'd stick with 2x4's. More meat to screw into.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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2x4s, are really strong, as long as the design is good (aquarium weight directly supported by wood straight to the ground, screws aren't load-bearing, etc.)

I've also found the 2x3s fairly useful for some plans- and the big box places usually have those kiln-driedfor a bit under $2.

You could probably strip that design down to only 1 layer of wood on each leg, use 1x3s, and it would still be plenty strong. But, like etk300ex pointed out, you might run out of space for fasteners.

Not that there is anything wrong with overbuilding it, my 40B stand could hold a truck. But it was a pain to move outside for finishing and back in...

I kind of like using 2x4s and 2x3s, as you can get the kiln dried ones pretty cheap, and they make for fairly easy, really strong stands.
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That would be ridiculously overbuilt. Tripled-up 2X4s in that configuration would easily support a tank 10X that size.

1x4s will absolutely by fine. I'm using doubled up/tripled up 1X4s on my 150g with no trouble.

1x2s might be a little iffy

I'd split the difference and use 1x3s

I can't tell from your diagram but are you planning on having wood in the center of the legs (supporting the cross beams)? I would. Also, the other suggestion I have is to double up the boards on the cross beams (i.e., have a piece wedged between the legs). This will provide much better racking resistance than you currently have.
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