Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chicago, IL / Philadelphia, PA
DIY Black "Iron" (Steel) Gas Pipe Stand Idea Feasable Or Not?
I have an ADA 30-C right now which sits on my desk. I live in a college dorm and do not have a lot of space (or $) for a real aquarium stand. In addition, I have to move 2x every 9 months for the next 5 years until I finish my doctoral degree in occupational therapy. If I had a stand, it would have to be made of materials that could be easily broken down and moved without compromising their structural integrity. I was thinking of possibly DIY'ing a stand from the 1/2" black "Iron" (steel) pipe commonly used for residential gas lines. with a wooden top secured by brackets to the pipe. Does anyone know if this piping material has the strength required to bear the weight of my tank (approx. 70-80 lbs.)? I would brace the stand about halfway up to the top using T fittings and construct the top and bottom portions of the stand using T fittings, 90 degree fittings and 12" sections of pipe, each leg of the stand would consist of 2 18" sections of pipe with a T in the middle for bracing with 12" sections of pipe. If anyone knows if this is a sound design let me know.