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Stand Extension: Possibility, or stupid idea?

I found someone giving away a 90g on campus, and I am considering upgrading from my 55, since I hate scaping in it. However, I don't really have the cash to buy a new stand. Is it possible to build on the existing 55g stand to make it work for a 90? I am thinking like 4 4x4's for posts on the extension, with a board on top of the existing board, and a board on the bottom. I will draw a picture to give a clearer idea, but I just wanted to throw the idea out there to see if it was just a really dumb idea (I'm guessing it is).

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Other than making it work aesthetically, in my head that would only make the stand structurally stronger (though heavy as all getout!!) I'm sure there's a better way to do it rather than with 4x4s but I def. don't have the structural engineering background to tell you how to do it better...





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With proper cross bracing you could go with 2x4's. Probably look a little strange like Laura says, but it should work. Just staple some nice looking curtains on the front to cover up the front and presto good as new

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I found someone giving away a 90g on campus, and I am considering upgrading from my 55, since I hate scaping in it. However, I don't really have the cash to buy a new stand. Is it possible to build on the existing 55g stand to make it work for a 90? I am thinking like 4 4x4's for posts on the extension, with a board on top of the existing board, and a board on the bottom. I will draw a picture to give a clearer idea, but I just wanted to throw the idea out there to see if it was just a really dumb idea (I'm guessing it is).
In addition to your sketch drawing, provide a couple of pics of your current 55 gallon stand (inside and out) especially drawing attention to the support structure of it.

With regards to 4 x 4s, it might be better to double up 2 x 4s because they will be less likely to warp in the same direction like a 4 x 4 would. It is also easier to work with 2 x 4s than it is with 4 x 4s.

Too bad you live in MI. If you lived closer to me, I could probably put something together for you or even just make the cuts you need. I seem to remember you having a post regarding tools and a building area?

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I'd say it could be done pretty easily with proper planning.

If nothing else you build the frame for a 90g and reuse the front panel of your existing stand. The existing side panels could be extended with some matching wood to cover the gap of the addition, or may be better off replaced with new ones that extend to cover the new dimensions.


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OH MAN! Today I was rummaging through my storage locker and completely forgot that I still have my other 55g stand; the one I deemed too ugly to use. Do you think it would be a bad idea to just use 2 55g stands back to back as a 90g? I could attach them some how and make a shell.

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for a shell or cover up. they sell a 1/4" lauan or imported plywood at lowes for 9.00 or 10.00 a sheet 4' by 8'. it looks alot like regular birch plywood but thinner and cheap. great for covering up a nasty stand and has a sanded side so very smooth, no voids.
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You might need to post pics of both stands for the structural gurus in here to render a verdict on that one?

I'm curious, though.

Might be a pain to access equipment?





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