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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Upgrade Process

I am trying to upgrade my 75g community planted tank to a 150g tank. My overall plan is to move the current tank to a temporary location. Move the new tank into the existing location. Start the basic setup process (substrate, water and move one of the filters over). Transfer the plans and fish over a few days time.

A challenge is moving the existing tank to a temporary location. The existing tank will not fit on the new stand. So I was thinking of using two saw horses with 1 inch plywood as a very temporary holding spot for the current tank when the water is drained down. It just has to hold long enough for the base to be moved; then it can be placed back on the proper base.

A pair of saw horses has 1100 lbs as the maximum weight. Using the plywood will give a proper base. This only needs to hold for a few hours while the bases are moved around.

Thoughts about using the saw horses?

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I would think they should hold just fine. Keep the outside edges of the saw horse within 6-8 inches of the tank's edge. You night even consider, depending on how wide the legs are running the saw horse in the same direction as the length of the tank rather than across the narrow of the tank.

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A 75 gallon aquarium will way about 750 - 800 pounds top. For the aquarium, it likely has a rim around the bottom meaning that the bottom glass isn't the one holding the weight but it is the rim. The rim needs to be on solid supports and assuming your saw horses can hold that (which you said they can), you shouldn't have an issue.

The one thing I would make sure of is make sure the plywood under the aquarium over the saw horses is thick and can handle the weight (I would say 0.5" thick as a minimum).
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