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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2018, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Safety concerns with my stand

So I decided on making this 125 gal. stand out of 2x2's. I believe it will be safe because I am using a pretty solid hardwood. To build the frames I used a combination of nails, and screwed on corner braces. I'd like to get some input from you guys before I fill up my tank. I figured if petsmart sells compressed wood stands, my stand should have enough reinforcement. I could be wrong with the reinforcing though, so please advise. *I will be replacing my electrical outlet*

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2018, 09:16 PM
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125 gallons is over 1200 pounds. I personally wouldn't fill the tank up until the stand was beefed up more. Theres alot to worry about in a plantedtank. But yours and anybody else that goes near your tank safety is #1.


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Tough to see from the pics, but you want your tank to be directly supported by wood all the way from the floor to the tank. You want to make sure your tank isn't "hanging" on screws or nails. If it's fully supported and not "hanging", you should be fine. I'm not a structural engineer though...

Last thought: If you can easily swap the 2x2s for 2x4s then I think you could live worry-free.

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Like @MCFC you could swap out for 2x4s. Looks like you have ply on each end which is good. You could also ply the back, or cross brace it to prevent it from racking side to side. Across the front you can approximately a 6" ply or 2x material to make the front end more ridged. Sorry I am just concerned for your safety.
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Thanks for the feedback guys I appreciate it. I decided on adding 2x4's to each corner on both sides. Also gonna add more support to the front.
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Definitely brace the back . You need a piece of plywood all the way across the back like you have on each end. You can run it 12 to 18 inches up from the bottom and it should be fine, and still have the top part of the stand open on the backside. I bought a 60 gallon tank with stand from petsmart. And yes it was particle board. But I braced the heck out of it from the inside with 2x4s , screws and Elmerís wood glue. I ran the screws thru the 2x4 s and then into the particle board as far as I could without the screws going thru the particle board. And used plenty of Elmerís wood glue.
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As it is.... not good. Lots of pictures on the web. You must have three vertical pieces at every corner. The other supports should be compromised of two vertical pieces. Sheet the top back and one side with ply and you are golden.
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