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diy aquarium stand for my 55 gallon

Ok so i recently upgraded to a 55 gallon and needed a stand. I built this thing and im freaking out a little. Its not done but it wobbles pretty bad like ots not level. Its freaking me out and idk if im stressing over nothing. Im building it on an uneven cement floor so im sure i have to check it inside on a level floor and im praying the tank sits flush as well. Ill be finishing this tonight so well see how it goes. What do you guys think so far i still need to wrap it and paint it. Should i be adding some type of sealer in case it gets wet or is it fine as is. Does this look like it can hold upwards of 800ibs?
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Once the outer 2X were added it is plenty strong and skin will do away with any chance of it racking. But then the question of being level and plumb is not something we can see and judge from pictures. Will the four corners all be level when you set it in place?
Yes, you are fine but if not, the tank will be placed so that there is a twist and that can quickly lead to a broken tank. One sure way to judge is to set it in place, look at the bottom to see that the corners are all down on the floor and then add enough water to see that the water level is even with the bottom tank trim all the way around.
If both of these are not true, STOP>
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Also I would suggest you get a deck of cards and try to see if you can slip one under each corner. What looks good may have a gap not seen by looking from up higher.

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Also I would suggest you get a deck of cards and try to see if you can slip one under each corner. What looks good may have a gap not seen by looking from up higher.
I feel dumb for mentioning this, but I never once thought of playing cards as shims for leveling the stand. That is a great, cheap, easy to use idea!

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I'd eliminate the plywood from the top. You don't need it at all and it's a place for water to sit. And sit. And sit.

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Ill be working on the stand in a couple hours and the deck things sounds interesting... sooo i know all 4 corners have to be supported but what about the rest of the black frame around my tank. Does it matter if theres a gap say on the front of the frame? And as for not needing the plywood on top wont water just sit and sit on my main frame which is worse? i cant wait to get to work on this and finish today


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IMEO no you're better without the plywood top. Without it you can see what's going on. You'll know darn quick if you have a problem. Besides none of the metal stands have a plywood top.
So long as your supported on most of the frame you're good. None of my angle iron tanks support the entire frame. I always have a slight gap in the middle. Been like that for 35 years on many of my tanks. All of my breeder tanks are on racks with no plywood at all.
Here's my thread with some shots of the racks.
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BTW the 22 breeders when they were used at the hatchery were supported on a rack about grow out vats by only 2 pieces of galvanized pipe running the length of the row of tanks.

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IMEO no you're better without the plywood top. Without it you can see what's going on. You'll know darn quick if you have a problem. Besides none of the metal stands have a plywood top.
So long as your supported on most of the frame you're good. None of my angle iron tanks support the entire frame. I always have a slight gap in the middle. Been like that for 35 years on many of my tanks. All of my breeder tanks are on racks with no plywood at all.
Here's my thread with some shots of the racks.
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BTW the 22 breeders when they were used at the hatchery were supported on a rack about grow out vats by only 2 pieces of galvanized pipe running the length of the row of tanks.


Thats very interesting and definately makes me feel more at ease. Im almost done with this stand and then ill take it home where ill begin the tabk and level testing
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Ok sooo i LOVE this stand and how it looks. BUT i messed it up :/ i painted it woth black spray paint like an idiot and it looks disgusting lol. i want to paint it a nice solid black or white but a good paint job where you cant tell its made of wood. I ruined the stand with spray paint . Anyone know what kind of paint i can use for this?
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aww, this make me wanna re-build my stand...


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I'd get a roller and put on a coat of primer. Right on top of the old tank. You're going black so use a dark primer. Then sand it. More primer. Sand it. That will get you a good, smooth surface. Then roll on the first top coat. And guess what? Sand it. Another coat. Annnnndddd sand it. Final coat should be about glass smooth if you've done it right.

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I'd get a roller and put on a coat of primer. Right on top of the old tank. You're going black so use a dark primer. Then sand it. More primer. Sand it. That will get you a good, smooth surface. Then roll on the first top coat. And guess what? Sand it. Another coat. Annnnndddd sand it. Final coat should be about glass smooth if you've done it right.


Sheesh that sounds like work lol well this is gonna be fun
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Sheesh that sounds like work lol well this is gonna be fun
Doing something the right way is always work. But when it looks the way you want and you look at it you can say, "Yeah. I did that. And it was fun."

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Doing something the right way is always work. But when it looks the way you want and you look at it you can say, "Yeah. I did that. And it was fun."


Before i begin should i sand off the spray paint or can i paint over that does it matter since im going to be sanding a lot?
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I shy away from latex even though some feel it is easy. It may be easy to clean the brush but then the paint is where I want a good smooth coat and oil seems to work much better for me. It tends to self-level more as well as wind up with a nice hard finish which stands up to being wiped down when needed. You will sometimes have water running down here and there but it will not hurt the frame as it takes a lot of long term staying wet to begin rotting.
For choosing a color, the darker shades will do more to hide any small imperfections that might sneak in. Light colors can leaves shadows which make any small dips of hollows show more.

No need to sand igf there are not runs which would show through. Oil based paint over spray should work fine. Blobs, drips or runs, sand off.

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