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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Tank stank to hold 3 15 gallon tanks

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I wanted to expand but didn't have room for 3 seperate stands.
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So, What do you think of my solution?

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I'd fill the bottom tank soon, the way it's pictured the rack is top heavy. Why did you make the support rails so thin? It's a nice idea but that rack is scaring me.

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i don't like to be pushy, but you really should support all four sides of the tank. they're designed to distribute weight evenly along the entire bottom of the tank. you're probably asking for a leak or a crack by having the front and back hanging loose. maybe just by putting some 3/4" or evven 1" stock under the tanks?
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Hi,
Thanks for the comments. The rack is quite stable. I designed it to be on a hard flooring but if I was to make another I would make a bracket that would attach to the wall at the top. As there are no little kids around to hang on it, I figure I'm safe there.

As to the question about the small rails and not fully supporting the botton. A 15 gallon tank being only 24 inches wide, the tank will be quite strong and not prone to sagging. I made rail in sted of full shelves because, 1 - I wanted as much working room as possable and 2 - I like to be deferant/creative.

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I don't know....that makes me worry for some reason. No matter how stable the freshly built structure is, it'll degrade overtime. Also, looks like a push can easily knock that over. Good luck with water changes
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First off...Looks great and looks like you have some good woodworking skills.

Secondly, I gotta agree with the rest...it scares the bejeebus outta me...lol

Is that pine?


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2 Year Update

Hi,
Two years now and the tank stand is still standing. Still as stable as when I built it.

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i think the fact that the small rails are notched into the sides makes it stonger than it looks, it does look like theres not much holding the tank though lol. 2 years and still there!
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All that work into making it look nice and then use the bottom tank as a storage bin?

Cable and airline maintenance would really smooth things out

Did you use different arms than the ones you have in the unstained picture? The ones up top look like they have those notches that were mentioned above, but in the stained pictures the arms look like they are smooth.
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Awesome build!

Not being able to hide the wiring and plumbing is a bit of a bummer but the stand is awesome!
With the rabbit fit on the construction its has to be nearly rigid. I also totally agree with you on the smaller tanks being over built for the loads they carry. I'd place this stand and tank setup over my hardwood floors any day of the week. Most DIY stands are way overbuilt. I love this one you put together.

My 110g stands on pine 1x12's without any vertical members other than the cabinet itself. Open front and back for access.


I tried your other projects link but it didn't work for me.
Again, Super build I really like it.


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I can see how that stand works so well, but here in earthquake territory such a stand wouldn't be stable enough. I have seen a 50 gallon tank on one of those welded LFS steel "wire" stands go through a mild earthquake. That was very, very scary, but it made it. Thank you for coming back to follow-up. And, I suggest you post a picture in the sticky that shows all of the various stand designs.

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What exactly is "tank stank"?

lol @ the title
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What exactly is "tank stank"?

lol @ the title
Haha, I didn't even notice that.
It has a nice ring to it

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Hi, thanks for all the comments.
I don't live in an earthquake area so I don't have that kind of problem. The picture showing the unfinished stand has the same rails as the picture with the finished stand but the rails were trimmed and sanded before finished. As for the cabling and tubing mess it was a lot near when he first said that stand up.

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