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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone modified your pre built stand to have a shelf?

I have and pre built 36g BF stand. It's one of the nicer ones, not the Petco flimsy one. I want more space under it though, and am thinking of adding a shelf to 1/2 of the bottom to hold the canister filter on. That would allow me to store filter media or supplies under it, as well as shorten the canister hoses by about 8-10" which shorter the better.
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I'm brand new here, but I have a 16g bf with an "Aquatic Fundamentals" stand. In no way am I handy, but I screwed some small brackets in the side for a shelf about 1/3 of the way down. I was thinking of adding some scrap wood vertically underneath the shelf I made, and then adding more shelves on the right side? I don't know if your idea is similar or not!
I don't know if that helps at all, because all I did was improvise with what I had, but let me know!
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You added it on the outside or inside?
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I added it on the inside, because the stand is just a big empty shell. My stand has no back, so it was easy to add the brackets on the inside.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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That's exactly what I'm planning on doing. I drew a little drawing up, heading to home depot now to get the wood and some paint
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Good luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 06:49 PM
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I screwed a couple wooden cleats to the inside of my first aquarium stand then laid a piece of shelving on top of that with a couple screws to hold it in place. Easy and secure for that pine wood stand.

If the stand sides are too thin to hold screws or you would rather not put screw holes in them then consider making a U to fit inside the stand. Put a couple of boards the height of the shelf next to the sides of the stand then add the shelf. Once the shelf is screwed down to the uprights it will stay in place. I'd assemble inside the stand then take it all out to drill the holes then assemble in the stand. Add another piece on the bottom to make a 4 sided box if you doubt that the upside down U is stable enough. I've done this one for a kitchen cabinet and a steelcase cabinet in the garage that needed one more shelf than came with it. As long as the shelf is against the side of the stand it is stable.


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Wow. That looks fantastic!
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Thanks! I painted the support black as well now too so it all matches. Really makes a ton of more usable space under there! I was also able to shorten my filter hose by about a foot.
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Nice job, how thick did you go on the shelving? 1/2"?
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