Ideas for an Aquarium on Wheels?
I recently built a 3 high stand/wet bar for 10g tanks. I wanted them to sit very flush with the cabinet, so I left very little room between each aquarium and the shelf above. There is a port for food to drop in in the back, but as they are mostly used as quarentine tanks, it was a little oversight on my part not to leave more room to get a net in there. However, fortunately the painted frame is slick enough to slide the tanks in and out a few inches easily.
Anyway, this isn't really a DIY instructional, it's more a question. I've got 2x 29 gallon aquariums I plan to use for grow out for large cichlid fry. I want to do the same kind of thing with a stacked cabinet where the tank it pretty much flush with the frame. But no way can I slide the bottom 29G aquarium on a wood frame without some mechanical assistance. So i'd like to build a sliding drawer that the aquarium would go in and out on.
I've looked around for drawer slides, which seems to make the most since, but 300lb drawer slides appear to be over $100. It seems like there should be a cheaper solution. The drawer slide is expensive because it has to support 300lbs of torque where the drawer extends, but I don't mind just making a base that comes an extra 12 inches away from the stand so the tank can slide along it all the way. Really I just need some kind of wheels or ball barings that will make the tank follow a consistent path along the base of the stand where is sits (ala Egyptians moving blocks for the pyramids along rollng logs). Sorry that explaination was so long. Any ideas?