A lap joint will work just fine & will actually support more weight. I've used this joint on a number of different projects such as work benches, aquarium stands & shelving units. The cross piece will now rest on the leg rather than the mechanical fastener used to join the 2 pieces as in the other method. It will also lock the pieces together & help make the stand stronger. Both systems are good, but a lap joint won't require as much lumber, it'll reduce the weight of the stand, and provide more space under the tank.
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