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DIY Stand - Mr. Aqua 22Gallon/6Gallon

Dimension: 36" x 12" x 36"

it was built for the mr. aqua 12g long, but then they announced the newest 22g long. so i sold the 12g and upgraded to 22g, which is so perfect to the stand.

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maybe i should add more corner braces, to make sure it holds the weight of 6 gallon tank?


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Looks great. Im always a fan of these kind of builds

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How thick is the board you're using for the 6 gallon shelf?

I don't think you need a center brace. It wouldn't hurt, but 6 gallons doesn't weigh a lot.

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I'd be a little wary...

The way it looks in the photos, All of the weight of the tank is going to be supported by 8 screws. It would be better if you had the uprights stacked between the top and bottom rims, or if you put a sheet of plywood across the entire top surface of the tank.

As to the shelf... You might be able to work with that, as 6 gallons isn't that much, but I'd feel a lot better if it was directly supported. You could easily make some 2x4 legs long enough to sit under the shelf and support it, and then just screw/glue them onto the sides of the existing leg.

I feel that screws should only be used to clamp pieces together for gluing, or to help make assembly easier, they really shouldn't be load-bearing.

A good, solid stand design should have direct aquarium-wood-wood-floor stacking, and you should be able to hold the stand together with masking tape. If masking tape won't hold the structural elements together, it's putting too much stress on the fasteners.

It looks like you've got pretty good fit, and everything measured out well, so if you made a couple minor adjustments/additions, you could easily have a bomb-proof stand.
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I had assumed there were pieces of 2x4 under each end of the shelf going between the main uprights. If the shelf is just directly screwed to the uprights... I'd be weary about that.

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Nice build!
The screws, if you used #10 or larger have a lot of shear strength and will probably have no problem holding your 12 gallon tank.

If you want to feel just a little more confident about it put one 1/4" or 5'16" carriage bolt through each corner joint. Or for a more aesthetic approach use a 2 1/2" lag bolt from the inside at each corner joint.

Even though it might not be necessary, a little overkill will give you some piece of mind and probably cost less than $5.



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Looks great. Im always a fan of these kind of builds
thank you! i enjoy the whole process building this stand!

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How thick is the board you're using for the 6 gallon shelf?

I don't think you need a center brace. It wouldn't hurt, but 6 gallons doesn't weigh a lot.
i'm not sure how thick, maybe like 3/4 in...


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I'd be a little wary...

The way it looks in the photos, All of the weight of the tank is going to be supported by 8 screws. It would be better if you had the uprights stacked between the top and bottom rims, or if you put a sheet of plywood across the entire top surface of the tank.

As to the shelf... You might be able to work with that, as 6 gallons isn't that much, but I'd feel a lot better if it was directly supported. You could easily make some 2x4 legs long enough to sit under the shelf and support it, and then just screw/glue them onto the sides of the existing leg.

I feel that screws should only be used to clamp pieces together for gluing, or to help make assembly easier, they really shouldn't be load-bearing.

A good, solid stand design should have direct aquarium-wood-wood-floor stacking, and you should be able to hold the stand together with masking tape. If masking tape won't hold the structural elements together, it's putting too much stress on the fasteners.

It looks like you've got pretty good fit, and everything measured out well, so if you made a couple minor adjustments/additions, you could easily have a bomb-proof stand.
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I had assumed there were pieces of 2x4 under each end of the shelf going between the main uprights. If the shelf is just directly screwed to the uprights... I'd be weary about that.
thanks for pointing it out! probably going to homedepot again this weekend.


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Nice build!
The screws, if you used #10 or larger have a lot of shear strength and will probably have no problem holding your 12 gallon tank.

If you want to feel just a little more confident about it put one 1/4" or 5'16" carriage bolt through each corner joint. Or for a more aesthetic approach use a 2 1/2" lag bolt from the inside at each corner joint.

Even though it might not be necessary, a little overkill will give you some piece of mind and probably cost less than $5.
i think the screws are good enough to hold the 12 gallon tank, but i will do some adjustments/additions for the shelf.


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so i think this is it.



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For all that I'd have used 3/4" plywood. Would be a lighter stand with the same, or more strength when done correctly. Plus it would have looked better with more room on the shelves. And would have looked great with a decent stain then poly coat.

You could also use 1x4 glued and screwed at a right angle that would have given a lighter look and less of an odd cut in the middle shelf. (Actually I would have just glued the 1x4s together with a tongue and dado joint to prevent warp and twist.

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For all that I'd have used 3/4" plywood. Would be a lighter stand with the same, or more strength when done correctly. Plus it would have looked better with more room on the shelves. And would have looked great with a decent stain then poly coat.

You could also use 1x4 glued and screwed at a right angle that would have given a lighter look and less of an odd cut in the middle shelf. (Actually I would have just glued the 1x4s together with a tongue and dado joint to prevent warp and twist.
awesome advice, thanks!


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after i built this stand, i found that the dimension of this stand is just perfect for mr. aqua 22 gallon long, so... you all know what i'm gonna do...


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after i built this stand, i found that the dimension of this stand is just perfect for mr. aqua 22 gallon long, so... you all know what i'm gonna do...
12 gal long hanging over the edge like that is iffy to me.. 22 gallons... I wouldn't.
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