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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Tanks behind a wall.. framing question

I am building a two tank wall... the tanks are 4 feet wide each. 90 gallon on top.. 75 gallon on the bottom..

The framing will not be supporting the tanks.. there is a stand design (I may upload later..) They are simply holes in a wall.. like a pass through between a kitchen and a family or dining room.

Does my framing look correct? It is a non supporting wall. We've checked and double checked.

The front will be finished with greenboard..

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Here's the plan.

* 4 feet wide tanks
* top stand is a little wider to accomodate the bottom tank
* about 10 inches between the top of the bottom tank and the bottom of the top frame.. (hopefully that is enough)
* I'm actually using 4X4s for the bottom of the tanks - topped with 1/2" plywood and 2X6s for the legs.
* To connect the 4X4s.. I will be using 1/2 lap joints (not shown.. my google sketchup skills aren't that great)
* There is a piece of plywood across the front of the top stand for stability
http://www.xenz.com/stand/

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With the 4x4's and the lights for the bottom tank you are only going to have about 3 inches to get into the tank to work on it... I'd really recomend adding more room. I'd also suggest you use 2 2x4s together rather than 4x4s. 4x4's tend to have more moisture in them and are notorious for warping. This warping could be disasterous on your scale.
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With the 4x4's and the lights for the bottom tank you are only going to have about 3 inches to get into the tank to work on it... I'd really recomend adding more room. I'd also suggest you use 2 2x4s together rather than 4x4s. 4x4's tend to have more moisture in them and are notorious for warping. This warping could be disasterous on your scale.
I have the 4X4s from a previous project. Fortunately they have been drying for 1 year.. I don't have a moisture temp.. but I'm fairly sure..since they have been kept indoors for about a year.. they should be ok.

They are birch 4X4s..

The lights will be able to slide forward so I can access the tank from the back.. I guess the caveat is that if I increase the space between the bottom and top tank.. the top tank becomes difficult to work on because it would be too high..There is actually a bulkhead just above so I don't have an 8 foot ceiling.. I'm down to 7 feet.

I'll see if I can increase the space somehow..

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scherzo since its not a load bearing wall you can pretty much frame it how you wish. I would go with what you have in the pics and it would work nice.

over_stocked I couldnt agree more on the 2x4's.
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scherzo since its not a load bearing wall you can pretty much frame it how you wish. I would go with what you have in the pics and it would work nice.

over_stocked I couldnt agree more on the 2x4's.
I gues I could save the 4X4s.. and then just double up on 2X4s. If I can fit it (space is a bit of an issue on the sides) I may use 2X4s in an L shaped configuration instead of 2X6s...

Thanks for your guys' tips.. keep 'em comin' if you have 'em..

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