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Modern 120g tank stand

I need to move the cichlids out of the 144g so I can go planted. I had a 120g tank in storage for a while. I couldn't find a nice stand since its a 5ft tank. The stand I had was a Petsmart MDF crappy one. I stopped by Lowes today and got some wood and went to town. I wanted something like a ADA stand. Real clean and modern.



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My wife started scraping the paint off the back, a new coat of black will be added later.

Then see got hungry

But she finished
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Doors on

I still have to adjust the doors one hit on the top and the other hits on the bottom
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very, very nice stand
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Thanks.....I was going to stain it Ebony, but I might just clear it.
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I'm no expert in stands but is that gonna be enough support for all that weight?
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don't know yet, I should have water in it by next weekend though and I will let you know then.
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I'm no expert in stands but is that gonna be enough support for all that weight?
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It should. I had a 5ft 120gal tank with a cheap mdf stand and it held up well. You can always add two extra 2x4's to the back. BTW very nice clean stand. Did you just add a "skin to the frame? How are the doors being supported?

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It looks great, but I hope you've built it strong enough. You're definitely going to want to add some diagonal bracing to the back of that thing to avoid any lateral sway. This tank's going to weigh in at over 1000 lbs when full!


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The doors have german euro hinges. The stand was a little wably till i put the 3/4 ply on the sides. the will be a piece of 1/2 in ply across the back that will make it rock solid.


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Marimoball.......yes I skined the stand and cut thin strips of veener for the edges.
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Ebony or a dark walnut stain would look great.

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Dang buddy, that looks good. Are the 2x4 directly under the front corners? That's the one place I'd be concerned that you might not have enough support. A lot of a tank's weight is supported by the corners.

How's the Mrs. dealing with the re-tasking of the aquariums? She looked a little *too* happy in those pictures.
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Not the front corners because of the euro hinges , but I have angle iron to take the wieght. My wife don"t really care about the aquariums, she said she will do what ever to spend time with me so I put her to work. She had some fish before I came along then I got the bug.


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Dang buddy, that looks good. Are the 2x4 directly under the front corners? That's the one place I'd be concerned that you might not have enough support. A lot of a tank's weight is supported by the corners.

How's the Mrs. dealing with the re-tasking of the aquariums? She looked a little *too* happy in those pictures.
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Phil and your question about the cylinder tank is yes it will be planted if the 144g turn out good. I have to work out the deatails. The tank had a huge overflow in it that took up half of the tank.

So I cut the overflow out and want to plumb a canister into the bottom. The tank will go in my foyer and the electricity for the light will drop from the ceiling. The power for the filter will come through the floor leaving a tank that I can walk 360 degrees around and see no equipment.

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