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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Good DIY 20 Long and 40 Breeder Stand builds?

Just when I was about to get pretty much get out of the hobby, I just got a sudden interest to get another tank and breed some shrimps. While I'm at it, I thought why not do some nice planted scapes as well.

Pretty sure I am going to go with one or two 20L. But I am still considering the 40B, it just takes up a bit more room than I am wanting to use up.

So know of any articles/threads of nice DIY stand builds? 20L or 40B
Planning on just building a stacked (for two 20L) stand out of 2x4's, but if there is a cheap shelf/rack that can hold the weight and looks nice, I may get those.

I know wood stands are pretty basic, but still would like to see some builds and their finishes. Would they need certain size bolts to support the weight, or just basic screwing boards together enough?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-29-2016, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I'm open to look at any pics of DIY stands (even if build for different size tanks).
Just wanted to see general builds that I might replicate. Don't really need blueprints or anything haha.

I will take a look through Google searches, but you never know, I've seen some people on here with some really nice, unique DIY stands.
Even if the stand is just a plain 'ol wood stand, but has a nice finish/stain/paintjob, I'd be interested in seeing and hearing how you did the process.
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This has the best instructions I have found:

DIY Stands Template and Calculator - Reef Central Online Community


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I've been looking at the design by member Hydrophyte that is really solid and can be very aesthetically pleasing, if you are up for a little wood working.
Simple and cheap for the 40b would be a metal shelving rack.
I don't think the aqueon 40b fits that stand though so if you want to go that route, double check the dimensions.
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I am also looking into getting a 40 gallon breeder when I move into my new house in a couple weeks. I found this video that I thought you might be interested in. This is what I am considering.

The stand at home depot.

Edsal Heavy Duty Steel Shelving 5 Shelves 72 H x 36 W x 18 D Black by Office Depot & OfficeMax
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The stand linked above (MR3618) looks to be the correct one, but that stand isn't sold by Home Depot. Lowe's, however, does carry it for a lower price. And the Aqueon 40B does fit this stand.
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Here's a pic of my stand. I have a matching one for my 40b as well.


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