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ShelfLinks storage...Aquarium Shelving?

Amazon has 6pk of these on sale for 23.97
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Has anyone tried these for stands/racks?
I can see using it as a base and maybe building around it for looks.
Thoughts?

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Only problem I see is using 2x4 or the likes for the tops, no board is exactly the same so minor differences will cause the tank to get different pressure spots along the frame which can be hazardous.


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Amazon has 6pk of these on sale for 23.97
2x4 ShelfLinks
Has anyone tried these for stands/racks?
I can see using it as a base and maybe building around it for looks.
Thoughts?
So the top 2x4s just lay on top of those things? One good nudge and everything would fall apart.


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If you are able to cut four 2x4s to the same length to make a square table using those peices, I don't see why you could not make a stud joist and screw/glue a table together. It would also be stronger and much more rigid.
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Here is a large bench I built using only a miter saw, clamps, screws and glue. Very simple construction and very very strong. The top is a solid wood exterior door unfinished.

Try googling DIY reloading benches. I also have my current aquarium setup on a 2x4 construction, but its built into a wall and semi-finished so not as clear of a visual example.

For an aquarium I would just put the ring on top of the legs and run some boards across the center for added support and maybe center legs if you have a large aquarium like 75+ gallons. Then again if you look at the stands for 150g tanks they sell at pet$mart my stand would probably hold the Georgia aquariums largest tank.
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I doubt those plastic bits would offer any lateral racking protection. I wouldn't feel safe having an aquarium on something like this, other than maybe a 10g.


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Some of those reloading benches look pretty awesome. Im just looking for something for this 25g I have my stinkpot turtle in it's only half full of water. The stand it's on is just a walmart stand that's way too low.
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Understandable. I only wanted to point out that with very little more work you could make something stronger.. I think i had less than 15 dollars in materials into that bench besides the door of course.

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Some of those reloading benches look pretty awesome. Im just looking for something for this 25g I have my stinkpot turtle in it's only half full of water. The stand it's on is just a walmart stand that's way too low.
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I think it would work fine. Although, as scapegoat mentioned, no racking protection, so you might want to consider putting a sheet of something on it, or something like this
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/87749600/

As to the 2x4s being uneven, I don't think it's really any more of a problem then building a stand, just plane/rasp/sand them down.
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I just picked up a Whalen Heavy Duty storage rack unit from Costco

The shelves are thicker (and laminate) than I have seen in other storage units

The specs say they can support up to 150lbs per square foot
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