I am in the process of re-arranging my tanks (only 3) and will be putting my 40b and my 20h next to each other.
I have a few questions for all the woodworkers and others who have made stands.
I have 71" of available space along this wall. The 40b is 36" long.
The 20h is 24" long. At this point I have used 60" of wall space.
The stand will be 3 cinder blocks high, (16" x 8" x 8") with a piece of 3/4" plywood on top of each cinder block, and then a row of 2 x 4s laying length-wise across the top cinder block, and then one more piece of plywood.
I have several questions:
1) Should I use one long piece of plywood to run length-wise under the 2 tanks? Or should I break up the wood so there are essentially 2 stands side by side with each having blocks lining up under each edge.
2) The 40b is 18" deep. The cinder blocks are 16" deep. Should I add a row of cinder blocks along the back edge to support the extra 2 inches?
3) Also I am trying to figure out how far apart the blocks should be. (Math is not my strong suit)
4) Finally, how far apart should the tanks be? I have never had 2 tanks side by side and am not sure how much room a person needs for maintenance.
Any other thoughts or ideas are very welcome. I have little experience with working with wood and will have all the wood cut at Home Depot.
I very much appreciate any comments!