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Custom Aquarium Stand Question

I was looking to build a custom stand to hold my 125 gallon (475 liters). The design I would be required to use in order to fit it in the space I have available is a little odd. I was curious of peoples answers as to weather or not it'll work. I know aquariums must be supported on the edges, and in this case it will be, but the 2x4 supporting it will not be directly supported. The attached drawing will show what I mean, construction will be out of 2x4 lumber. Thanks for the help.


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That should be fine. Most of the tank weight is already well supported. In your design, are the 2x4's run with wide side up, or on the there sides? If you run them on their side (the 3.5" side facing out front) then you will have no problems with a 7" ledge.

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Correct, wide side facing out... skinny side supporting the weight. I figured the breaking strength of a 7" piece of 2x4 would be pretty high when laying on edge. Thanks for the input, it's always nice to have a second opinion.
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You would probably be fine with 2x4's on edge, but your right on track.

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Yeah, that'll work.


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I just threw together some amature math and figured that about 102lbs of weight would be above that 7" section, the remaining 942lbs would be well supported.

Thanks for the reply jmhart
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