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Ikea bookshelf for my 30 gallon long

I'm thinking to buy this Ikea bookshelf for my 30 gallon long, what do you guys think?


http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...300/#/60135299

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I wouldn't, look at this:

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Max load/shelf: 29 lb
In addition, the material is fiberboard. I don't think this can support a 30 gallon tank.

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It wont hold the weight. I own an Expedit tv center and they are not made to hold a tank full of water. If it was real wood maybe, but those are made of cheap fiber board. You have been warned...


You can put a couple of 2.5G in the cubes though, that's what I have in mine...


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FWIW, I've been using one as a stand for many years now. It started out holding an 18 gallon nano reef tank, and has since been holding one of my dart frog vivariums. I'll soon be using it for a 33 gallon freshwater planted tank.

It is most definitely made out of fiberboard, but it is extremely solid and sturdy thanks to the crossmembers. It could easily hold 250 lbs of weight or more in my opinion. Just be careful to not spill much on it.

Also FWIW, the 29 lb weight limit is for the shelves themselves. It can hold much much more weight on top.
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roughly 166lb for water, 15 lb for tank, total 181 lb....I've tried to sit on it seems pretty solid....what is the alternative?
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Industrial grade shelves from Lowes or Home Depot. Miner are rated 250 lbs per shelf.
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Also you need to add in the weight of substrate, if you're going to have some and decorations. Stones are heavy and so is driftwood.
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It should be fine. You can strengthen it a bit if you are worried, but it should be fine.
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If you do get this, i recommend bracing it to the adjacent wall.


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It may work but I'd glue together all joints and put it against a wall. These units are strong vertically but will fail if pushed horizontally.


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Definitely brace/mount it to the wall and avoid getting it wet. I have a fiberboard bookcase that sags under the weight of a few books. I've been leery of that material ever since.

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it works fine out of the box. I use the exact stand for my wife's aquarium and its a 25g. I have two young kids and a boxer that bump it all the time, it's sturdy
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Lol, all these posts saying its okay and then seeing that collapsed bookshelf photo.
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Only the two tier one is ok... when you go with the higher shelves, it becomes increasingly less stable.


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the 4 square one is not comparable to a 25 square one for an aquarium...
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