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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Stand Dilemma

So I had a custom rimless aquarium made, this was my first go at this and I learned a few things.. Attached are the plans to illustrate what im working with here. My problem is how close those holes are to the corners. My current stand I build with 2x4's and took a dremel and basically hollowed out the 2x4 in corner. Needless to say with a bulkhead in place This aquarium is rather difficult to get on a stand. We are moving next month and I am going to take the time to build a new stand, does anyone have any suggestions on how to support this but leave space in the back corners for the bulkheads?
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I'm assuming that's the aerial view of your tank? Then if so why not just leave the corners empty? But support it with 2x4's. You can cover it up with ply wood if you want. Sorry for the bad drawing.
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I was curious about this but had read interesting things about rimless aquariums and needing full support and stuff to avoid weakening seems. Should it not be a problem to not have a support beam in the back corners? just fairly close?
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I was curious about this but had read interesting things about rimless aquariums and needing full support and stuff to avoid weakening seems. Should it not be a problem to not have a support beam in the back corners? just fairly close?
I am in no way a structural engineer, anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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I was curious about this but had read interesting things about rimless aquariums and needing full support and stuff to avoid weakening seems. Should it not be a problem to not have a support beam in the back corners? just fairly close?
Yes, they need full support across the bottom of the tank. You want 100% of the bottom surface area to be in contact with a flat surface.

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I'd have no qualms about building a stand out of 3/4 plywood. Just need to use the correct joinery for a strong cabinet.

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You could make it oversized and have a shelf around the tank like this

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