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Metal stand on hardwood..??? What the...

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I want to buy a metal stand (the specialized ones from aquarium shop) for my 75g...However, what happens to my hardwood floors? It seems like the weight distribution on 4 little feet is not great for spreading the weight. Will my hardwood indent?

Meanwhile...putting plywood under the stand seems fugly so not sure why these metal stands are designed with just 4 feet.
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All you'd need to do is get the furniture floor protectors from basically anywhere or cut some small pieces of wood to go under the feet. Just enough to spread out the load or be sacrificial.


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Some may depend on the definition of hardwood? Do you mean actual full thickness wood or is it laminate wood flooring? The difference being that real wood will likely survive with just spreading the weight as mentioned. But the laminate will depend on what is underneath and how it is made as many are called "floating floors and they have a sort of foam underneath making them more likely to crack/bend than real solid wood. NEW floor or old is often one way to tell.
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Oh wow. The hardwood can take that much weight? It's about 200-225lb per little 1" feet. I get that the pads will help soften the contact point.....but it's still almost 1000lb total on 4 little legs.

It's real wood, not laminate.
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Most floors can stand the weight. Without the protectors you will get dents even on real oak. How dented depends on what kind of tree it was. Oak is harder than pine. Maple and cherry fall somewhere in between. Hemlock is nearly as strong as oak but not all that common these days.

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For real wood, I would go with just some of the stiffer pads made for this. Wood can be good but not look very nice so I would look for something solid that you can't bend. The stiffer and wider, the more the weight will be spread but at some point they show too much?
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I personally would put the stand over a plastic chair mat made for hardwood floors. They are thick and strong enough to prevent dents from a stand and also good for shielding against water spills. Just cut to spec with a really sharp blade and straight edge. I would leave at least a one foot wide perimeter around the tank (except the back which is most likely against the wall) so that you wouldn't need to put a bucket directly on the floor itself. Saw a nice one at IKEA the other day.

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