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Could i use this coffee table for a 20 long?

I have this coffee table that's about 40" long and i'm wondering if it would be safe to use it as a stand for a 20 long. Would it be unsafe to use with there being 5" of space on each side of the tank? I live in an area where i literally cannot find an "aquarium stand".


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I would think so. I have a 20 high on a coffee table that isn't much different than that. I've stood on it before to clean fans etc and I weigh 250, so

Sounds like the tank will be inside that overhang for what it's worth, but I'd think that top would support it anyway. Each inch of a 20 long has only so much weight pressing down, I'd think it could support it easily. Now...I'd make sure it is sturdy going sideways--tipping, in other words. A 20l is low, and that table's legs look like they will be outside/close to where the tank edges will be, so I think you'd be just fine. You also wouldn't want it to slide, which it might on that tile if it was bumped into.

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It will hold the weight just fine, but make sure the legs don't wobble. I'd be much more concerned about racking (side to side movement) than it holding the weight.
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I would think so. I have a 20 high on a coffee table that isn't much different than that. I've stood on it before to clean fans etc and I weigh 250, so

Sounds like the tank will be inside that overhang for what it's worth, but I'd think that top would support it anyway. Each inch of a 20 long has only so much weight pressing down, I'd think it could support it easily. Now...I'd make sure it is sturdy going sideways--tipping, in other words. A 20l is low, and that table's legs look like they will be outside/close to where the tank edges will be, so I think you'd be just fine. You also wouldn't want it to slide, which it might on that tile if it was bumped into.

I'm about as far from an engineer as you can get though--might want to get more opinions!
It's 20" wide and also only 16" high (which is no problem for me), i forgot to mention that, so yes it would be inside the overhang. I got someone thats a little over 200lbs to move around on top of it and nothing happened. I might move it to another room where it wouldn't get bumped into.
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I would think it would based on the pictures. It looks like the legs butt up against the bottom of table top which will help distribute the weight to the legs and then to the floor. My biggest concern would be making sure the table top doesn't bow down from the weight of the tank, but looking at the direction the of grain in the wood is going in the provided pictures, the trim pieces until the table top should help support the tank. I cant tell if the wood is laminate or real grain so that can change things a little as well. If you would rather error on the side of caution you could reinforce the table top.

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I would think it would based on the pictures. It looks like the legs butt up against the bottom of table top which will help distribute the weight to the legs and then to the floor. My biggest concern would be making sure the table top doesn't bow down from the weight of the tank, but looking at the direction the of grain in the wood is going in the provided pictures, the trim pieces until the table top should help support the tank. I cant tell if the wood is laminate or real grain so that can change things a little as well. If you would rather error on the side of caution you could reinforce the table top.
That's what i'm most worried about; the middle bowing. I have a cube tank on a sturdy particle board cabinet (not made for aquariums), which is 31" long. I was considering using this for the 20 long since it's the same length but i'm not sure if i should use that (i don't know how much weight it can hold) or this coffee table. The coffee table looks like solid wood to me.

What are you thinking of as far as reinforcing? Center brace?
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20 gallons of water weighs 160 pounds. If you weigh that much or more sit on the table. If it takes the weight use the table. If you don't weigh that much ask someone else to to sit on it with you.
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That looks like solid wood pieces glued together to make a solid piece. That should be very strong as far as bowing. Like Surf says though, have someone sit or stand on it. Main worry for me is side to side as I mentioned. I always assume a dog or kid might bump into my tanks (I have both, but even if you don't, you may have friends! )
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What are you thinking of as far as reinforcing? Center brace?

If I was going to brace it I would do it in the center and run it long wise the length of the table. You can hide it between the braces that are there. The other option would be to add a 5th leg right in the middle to help support the weight.


I would also guess that the table is strong enough as is.

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If I was going to brace it I would do it in the center and run it long wise the length of the table. You can hide it between the braces that are there. The other option would be to add a 5th leg right in the middle to help support the weight.


I would also guess that the table is strong enough as is.
I might do either one of them just to be cautious. Would it make a difference if i put the tank in the center or more to one side of it?

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That looks like solid wood pieces glued together to make a solid piece. That should be very strong as far as bowing. Like Surf says though, have someone sit or stand on it. Main worry for me is side to side as I mentioned. I always assume a dog or kid might bump into my tanks (I have both, but even if you don't, you may have friends! )
I hope it's that strong. We shall see!

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20 gallons of water weighs 160 pounds. If you weigh that much or more sit on the table. If it takes the weight use the table. If you don't weigh that much ask someone else to to sit on it with you.
I got someone that weighs 215lbs to stand/walk on it and it was fine.
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Most of the tank weight is around it's circumference..
Many tanks have floating bottoms so little weight bearing there..

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