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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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50 Gallon Tank Stand

I designed the following stand for a ~50 gallon tank (182 liters; 90x45x45cm dimensions) and am looking for feedback from TPT members on whether the stand is structurally sound and can comfortably support this tank.

The stand is basically supported by 4 douglas fir legs that are 1 meter tall and 5.4 cm thick/wide. The stand top is also douglas fir, 2.4 cm thick and is supported by aprons that are 3 cm thick and 6 cm wide.

I could have used 2 by 4s and incorporated other features to make the stand more sturdy, but I chose this design primarily for aesthetic reasons and because I thought that the four 5.4 cm posts would be plenty of support for a 50 gallon. I'm not an expert though so I wanted to make certain before I began building.

Thanks in advance for any advice and feedback!
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Not sure about the strength of the stand, but it looks like you will have almost 0 space to access that second lower tank...

Also you might want to consider adding a sheet of plywood to the back to give it some lateral stability, but its probably not necessary since the bottom of the stand is skinned


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You're absolutely right about that bottom tank. Thanks for pointing that out! I originally designed this stand for a 60P sized tank with a 10 gallon on the second tier and then just stretched it laterally when i decided to get a larger tank. I will probably raise the height about 10 cm to compensate for that.

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