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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stand advice

Over the weekend I picked up this 40gallon breeder with a diy stand. The previous owner was using this setup as a fry tank; not much stuff in the tank.

I plan to completely plant the tank with driftwood and stone and was concerned that I may need to add more support to the stand. What do you guys think?



I was thinking of 2x4s along each of the vertical legs


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Plenty strong as is but with some points to question or watch. It appears to be somewhat new so if the lumber used is not toally dry there could still be some moisture to dry out. The way the legs are braced inside, may/could/might let the legs twist a bit. the main points are covered for holding it up and not "racking" sideways. The four corners are all supported directly wood on wood all the way to the floor so it doesn't use fastener strength to do that. Overall not likely to give any trouble. The labels show it to be kiln dried wood so it normally is good enough.
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If you want it to be as strong as it could ever need to be, just glue and nail thin sheets of plywood across the back, the ends and the front. Or, leave the front open, remove the halfway down front cross brace, and add a simple door or doors there. Then you could put a ton of bricks on it if you wanted!

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I think the stand is probably plenty strong to hold pretty much whatever you want to put on it. Only concern would be racking, and doing what Hoppy said would fix that.
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I'd skin it with 1/2" ply just for looks and also to help prevent racking.

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I'd skin it with 1/2" ply just for looks and also to help prevent racking.
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Here's a 40g breeder stand I made a while back from old wood laying around my house.and boy is it sturdy I put my ls3 engine truck engine to check weight, on it and it held perfectly fine with about 500-700#s
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I made this stand this last weekend for my breeder

That stand would probably hold up fine I would add extra support just to be safe but I always way over build things.

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Man that's a nice canopy set up got dimensions for it? I'm still needing to cover my sides and I have two light I need to hide that would make a canopy like that perfect
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Here are some old photos before my java moss and slate rock castle I'll try to get some new pics tomorrow
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Here's a 40g breeder stand I made a while back from old wood laying around my house.and boy is it sturdy I put my ls3 engine truck engine to check weight, on it and it held perfectly fine with about 500-700#s
2 problems with the stand. While it may have held an engine for a short period of time and may be holding your tank in the long run the failure will be the fact you are counting on thin fasteners to hold all the weight. They eventually fail. Wood to wood to floor. Second you've got exposed PT there. Hope you don't have kids. Especially if it's the old CCA stuff.

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Actually it's all wood to wood I did groves on my milling machine in all my connections I'm a metal fabricator. also I have 3in decking screws on all sides as well for support. Trust me it's not going to fail anytime in the next 10years at least. Ps if I did have kids I would have siding on it already but that's not an issue at the moment so I'm taking my time till I get my living room redone with cherry wood paneling which I will probably use on the siding
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Man that's a nice canopy set up got dimensions for it? I'm still needing to cover my sides and I have two light I need to hide that would make a canopy like that perfect
I used exact same dimensions I used for the stands top and bottom boxes 36 1/4 x 18 1/4

Just think it through LOL I had to knock 2 back braces out to get the light in.... The canopy was the last thing I made guess my brain was gone by then.

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That's what I was mainly asking about but worded it wrong. How far in did your braces for the top of the tank go in and what did you do for the canopy back to hold the lights in up of the canopy with out bolting them to the top of it.
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Well my light is just pushed in through the back.
the edges of the light lay on the 2 x4 frame if the canopy its a snug fit on the sides.
Be sure to leave room for air to flow around the light

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