Hey, I am using 2x3s, and was planning to have the narrow face up (higher compression strength, less chance of bowing), but I just got the stand pieces cut at Lowe's, and like a dummy, I got a couple of them cut too short. As such, I will need to put the broad face up in order to fit the tank.
This tank is actually an old Exo-terra turtle tank; due to the design of the tank frame, the weight is all supported at the corners (about 2"-3" across each corner).
It's also only 24"x18", so not very large. I am going to create a paludarium out of it. I'm also reinforcing the corners of the top and bottom with corner braces.
My question is this:
Am I okay to place the tank on the broad side of the boards since the weight is just on the corners and I'm using braces, or should I put them with the narrow side up, and use a piece of ply that overlaps the frame to prevent any bowing?
It is a very basic stand, and will be similar to this: