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Question Stand- the different way???

i was thinking of making a fish tank stand out of 3/4" plywood and 1x1" for corner bracing and along the top for the stand to sit on. will this work? this is like the stands they have at the fish store, but i think stronger because it is a better wood.
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How big is your tank?

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Yeah depends on tank size, as well as the actual design itself. Fish stores here have cheap and expensive versions of stands, although if you are speaking of the cheaper stands, they probably arent using better wood.
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I have looked at larger commercial tank stands, and I don't like the look of their construction. There is no real frame to speak of and the construction to me is too flimsy in general. I can easily see how some stands could potentially lead to failure of tank seams, etc.

The questions regarding the tank size you are contemplating need to be answered before any advice is given. A stand for a 20 gallon tank is going to be much different than a stand for a 180 gallon tank.

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I've been a carpenter for the last 18+ years, and have made a ton of aquarium stands, though nothing larger than for a 180. The funny thing is; if you buy a tank from All-Glass, Oceanic, Perfecto, etc., they guarantee their tank only if placed on their own brand of stand, and they are pretty much garbage -yet pricey. Show me your plans, and I can give you some competent advice. If 1X1 inch is the strongest bracing structure, I gotta assume this is a small aquarium.

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I've been a carpenter for the last 18+ years, and have made a ton of aquarium stands, though nothing larger than for a 180. The funny thing is; if you buy a tank from All-Glass, Oceanic, Perfecto, etc., they guarantee their tank only if placed on their own brand of stand, and they are pretty much garbage -yet pricey. Show me your plans, and I can give you some competent advice. If 1X1 inch is the strongest bracing structure, I gotta assume this is a small aquarium.
Thats a marketing ploy if ever I heard one. It never even occured to me that a tank would have any kind of warranty other than something like a nano cube or something where the components are built in.

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Every aquarium manufacturer has that exact warranty. Stick it on top of their cheap pine stand, 2 year warranty. Put it on anything else at your own risk. Believe me, I hate it.

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Every aquarium manufacturer has that exact warranty. Stick it on top of their cheap pine stand, 2 year warranty. Put it on anything else at your own risk. Believe me, I hate it.
To a degree, I can understand it. You know how some people are with building stuff. If you only warranty your tanks on your stands, then you take a little of the idiot factor out of the equation.

Warranty or not, I am going to feel a lot safer putting the 75 I am getting on top of the stand I am currently building. I would actually feel comfortable with my stand supporting the weight of a 180. It just isn't big enough to hold the tank. LOL

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DIY Aquarium Stand is a good place to start if you have questions.

I've known about the tank warranty issues myself, but I don't think I've ever owned an aquarium that had a matching manufacturer stand...lol...I'm with you guys on most of them just being too sketchy for my taste, especially for the price.


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Here is a permapost to a stand design that we have been discussing in another thread:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...tml#post545578

I built my stand with this design, and it is rock solid. I feel pretty confident in saying that it would support a ton of weight or more. I am getting ready to skin the stand and do the finishing work. Then build the matching canopy.

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Thanks for digging up that thread BiscuitSlayer, I was looking for it to post here as well and you beat me to it.

I'm going to be using the same plan myself in the near future, and looking forward to seeing the results of yours and others that get done before I get around to starting.


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I just need to snap some pictures of the stand. I'm telling you man, it is a great design. One thing that bothered me was that the bottom part was twisted and a little warped because of the 2X4s. Once I built the legs and and attached the bottom part of the frame, everything squared up and leveled up.

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the tank is a 75 gallon 48"x18" and the 1x1 bracing is going to be for the corners for some extra area to screw into.
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Do you mean 2 X 2? which is actually 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" ?

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i think that i am going to make a rectangle with 1x1 corner bracing and door holes cut out with no top or bottom and then add the bottom about 3" off the ground and i don't know what i am going to do about a top. should it be placed on top or sunk in so it covers the trim on the tank? or do i not need a top and just set the tank on the edge of the plywood. then for the doors i will use plywood and i think i should make them flush to the stand or is this not a good idea. then i will add corner trim to hide the plywood edge. does this sound good or not?

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