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75g plywood stand: good to go?

Hi all,

Recently I bought a new 75 gallon Aqueon aquarium from a local fish store. As part of the package, it came with a stand. The stand is entirely built from 3/4" plywood for it's structure, nicely stained and varnished.

I'm having second thoughts about the stand. While it seems very sturdy, I can't tell how it's held together. There's no evidence of any screws. All I can see are some staples securing the top to the sides.

Should I be worried? I'm debating whether or not to return the stand and build one from 2x4's myself.

Any advice is appreciated.





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One thing to consider is if you put the tank on any stand but the one they make it will void the tanks warranty.

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it could be held by wood glue and maybe slots and discs
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If you're nervous about that stand you could talk to the LFS and tell them how you feel and maybe they have another stand that's built so you can feel better. That tank is over 637 lbs. so fine out if the stand can do the job.


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That's a nice stand. Its probably held together with pins and glue. If you don't detect any play in the construction, you should be good to go, as long as you take the time to properly level it.
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Stopped by the LFS that I bought the stand from. They said it was assembled using glue and staples, and seemed to indicated that such method is fairly standard nowadays. Not exactly giving me the warm fuzzies.

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trust me you are very safe for many years with that stand and no worries at all.
as a dealer for many companies and custom aquarium builder you will be better than ok

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as a dealer for many companies and custom aquarium builder you will be better than ok
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Ply wood on edge is pretty strong, and adhesives are pretty strong, both between the plywood and within. What would 2 x 4s give you specifically that would make you feel better?

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I guess in my mind, having done some carpentry growing up with my dad, a good joint has some glue and some hefty screws, and maybe some dowels, biscuits, etc. as well. The stand does feel sturdy, but in my mind I'm having trouble seeing glue and staples hold up 700+ pounds.


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The glue is likely stronger than any screws that you would put in. The staples, like many fasteners, are mostly there to hold it together while the glue cures. If you are really concerned, I suppose that you could put some reinforcing boards inside, but I don't think you need them. Its not going in my house though either.

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