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DIY ADA Style for 12 long??

I have a question on a stand for a 12 gallon long.
I am interested in building my own stand for this in an ADA style, pretty close to the dimensions of the tank. Does anyone see this as potentially being too top heavy since it will be narrow and tall?
Trying to wrap my head around this and I am imagining issues with stability. Am I completely wrong?
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I agree with the shallow footprint being a recipe for disaster. I thought exactly the same when building a stand for my 60p. I ended up building one the same width but a couple inches deeper.


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oh forgot to add mine was going on carpet and the tip factor grew exponentially.


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That makes sense. Thanks for the input.
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If you are concerned about the tank tipping over, just add a lot of weight inside at the bottom. Something like a sandbag or a couple of gallon jars of pennies would work. The pennies would be worth more as dead weight than for any other use. That lowers the center of gravity for the tank/stand considerably, reducing the threat of tipping over.

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Smart use of pennies, right
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having just built one, you could either anchor it to a wall if possible, or do what Hoppy said and add some weight to the base. a full canister filter and a co2 tank will add to that, then use whatever room is left for some counterweight, sand, pennies etc. just my 2 cents, no pun intended (well maybe it was)

if its on carpet then I would definately try to anchor it. mine ended up over 39" tall, not overly tippy but there is a full bag of LS and a bag of aquasoil sitting in it. also, i wouldn't build it flush to the base dimensions, the extra inch or two front to back really helps

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+1 on anchoring it to the wall. SOP here in earthquake country.
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I think that the best option is to make it a little bigger and weigh down the base.
thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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