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Easiest and Cheapest DIY Stand

20g long stand. Probably works for bigger too. Just add middle cinder blocks maybe.

Cinder blocks (x6) = $9
Cut 2x4x8 (3 piece 30in) = $3
Total: ~12

+ shelf (3/4in plywood board) = 10
Shelf Total: ~22

+ Sheet (???) Dunno, already had the sheet laying around.

:: I got the boards cut for free at home depot. Just ask, no tools required for this DIY ::

Warning: This is stable, however I wouldn't do this with rowdy kids (IE: WWE fans) or a crazy big dog on crack, or college frat roommate that always has parties.. other than that.. it's pretty safe. Might want a middle cinder block section for 55gallon. Make sure ALL FOUR corners of the tank are touching the wood or it will warp (the tank) over time and break the seams.. turning your room into a puddle biotope.




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Black diamond blasting from tractor supply. Med grit. Oops, my old eyes read sand instead of stand

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Congrats on finding the solution for college students. Many times we read that tanks have to be supported totally around the rime at the bottom but college folks prove every year that it is not true!
Another point that works in the favor of folks who move a lot is that all the parts are not only cheap but they can be moved in small parts that fit better when the car is crowded!

With the black cover, you now have the deluxe model!
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Looks good. I built something like this but used 2x8s instead of 2x4s and a third set of cinder blocks for a 55. For those looking to not raise the tank in 8" block sections home depot sells 2" cap blocks and some even sell half height blocks. The stand will be getting plywood on the front and sides and when it is done it will look like a regular wood stand complete with doors and all yet it will feel a lot better then some cheap particle board stand from petco.
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I used screen blocks and particle board 30 years ago for an 18" tall 20 gallon stand! I didn't even know about corners of tank over the vertical support back then. I think they were supported though. The biggest earthquake it went through was a 5, some water sloshed out but that was it. We were 10 miles east of epicenter, 10 miles south there were a number of homes badly damaged by that quake. Also survived toddlers, perhaps a better test of stability!

This type of stand is definitely a contender.


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Not bad and definitely works. I didn't break the bank on my 2x4" table. But I also had a piece of 1" plywood lying around for the topper, which adds up if you have to buy it! Thank goodness for local warehouses.

I'd look into some sort of custom sheet for a cleaner look, if you know someone who can hem that up!


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My wife has some definite thoughts on how fabric should fall as she has done custom design work. There are times it should drag and there are times when it should not.
I would advice to not open that discussion because there never seems to be a "correct" answer! Even the dress designers for the red carpet in Hollywood have not decided yet!!
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Add a tube of construction adhesive and glue it all together! Still no sawing or hammering, but it is much more likely to survive college hijinks.


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