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Tank stand idea

I have a stand that fits a 20 gallon high perfectly. However I am getting a 20 gallon long and was wondering if I placed some plywood on top of the stand, the size of the 20 long, would this be ok?
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I would say no. I've seen many tanks supported by just the two short ends, but I think you need to have all four corners supported by the main structure.


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I'd also say no plywood has some give over time especially if you get some water on it. Maybe with your luck it would be ok, but with my luck i'd have a mess and an angry wife lol.
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No to the plywood. Solid wood cut to the dimensions of the aquarium may suffice. I have a solid piece of oak under my ten gallon because my aquarium hangs about 1/4 of an inch over the side of my stand on its long side. Craigslist has lots of steals too. It would be worth looking

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Nope on the plywood idea. Just make a cheap wood stand out of 2x4s, really easy and fairly cheap. Watch some DIY vids to see how to build one.
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+1 on 2x4 stands. I built one for my 20gal long and I can even take it apart.

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After the way I've seen tanks "supported" at fish farms I'd say no problem. At least for the tank but it would be unstable and likely to get knocked into too much.

Could take 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood glue them together and add a nice decorative trim to hide the edges, stain it, coat or 3 of poly and be done with it.
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So I'm against plywood now lol. Started thinking about 2 2x6's cut to length and then screwed into the top. I feel, judging from the pictures of tank stands attached, that this is more than feasible.

What are y'alls thoughts?
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Yeah it could be done that way. Not the best choice obviously, but do-able. Not too sure how well they hold up or how secure they feel, but I've seen it done.
Definitely wouldn't use plywood (unless done how GraphicGr8s mentioned), as I think they are not as strong and more prone to warping. I think 2x4's would suffice (not that much weight really). I would make a rectangle form just to help provide some sort of support/weight displacement on all sides of the tanks (might not help much, but hey, why not?) rather than just the front and back. Would advise using screws instead of nails (try to not split the wood, pilot drill holes first if necessary)
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3 inches jutting out on both sides. Three 2X4 pieces timber 30 inches long would do the job as extended table top as in the pictures posted by Cinbos in post 8. But a big NO to plywood.

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Ah yes, three (or 4) 2x4s across the stand would support the sides more than my mentioned rectangle/perimeter frame. Just make sure everything is fairly flush and level.
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3" is not that much overhang. A piece of 3/4" plywood would hold that just fine. I would paint it (water proof it).
A 2 x 4 box is a much better way to go, however. This is how I have done most of my stands.

I have always been concerned about how top-heavy some of those stands (in post 8) look with the footprint smaller than the tank. What about an earthquake?
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Yeah it could be done that way. Not the best choice obviously, but do-able. Not too sure how well they hold up or how secure they feel, but I've seen it done.
Definitely wouldn't use plywood (unless done how GraphicGr8s mentioned), as I think they are not as strong and more prone to warping. I think 2x4's would suffice (not that much weight really). I would make a rectangle form just to help provide some sort of support/weight displacement on all sides of the tanks (might not help much, but hey, why not?) rather than just the front and back. Would advise using screws instead of nails (try to not split the wood, pilot drill holes first if necessary)
Any wood is prone to warping and cupping and twisting. Some less than others however.
Unless you're willing to pay for quartersawn wood you will get warp. Flat sawn is the most prone to warp and is what most construction grade is.

Construction grade 2 x material is very prone to warp. I'll take a cabinet grade plywood over 2 x any day of the week. Plywood having cores that are cross grained are inherently less prone to warp than solid lumber and is the reason why it is used for cabinets.

Done correctly a plywood cabinet is as strong as 2 x and lighter. Much lighter.

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I built my own 6 stands recently. Been doing carpentry for about 35 years.

Use 2 pcs of 2 x 8 cut to length. It will give you a solid front to back depth of 15". You could top it with 1/4", 3/8" of 1/2" plywood to tie the two pieces together. I over build everything and because of that it never moves.

You could also use 3 pieces of treated decking topped with plywood. It is 5/4 x 6 which would give you a 1" thickness x 16.5". You can buy it in an 8' long piece for about $5.00.

This is all made from treated decking.
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3 inches jutting out on both sides. Three 2X4 pieces timber 30 inches long would do the job as extended table top as in the pictures posted by Cinbos in post 8. But a big NO to plywood.
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I built my own 6 stands recently. Been doing carpentry for about 35 years.

Use 2 pcs of 2 x 8 cut to length. It will give you a solid front to back depth of 15". You could top it with 1/4", 3/8" of 1/2" plywood to tie the two pieces together. I over build everything and because of that it never moves.

You could also use 3 pieces of treated decking topped with plywood. It is 5/4 x 6 which would give you a 1" thickness x 16.5". You can buy it in an 8' long piece for about $5.00.

This is all made from treated decking.
I'd never recommend treated wood for anything related to fish. It's a hazard that provides no benefit.

Moreso if you have little kids. They touch that wood then put their hands in their mouths.

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