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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2020, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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The Dog and The Tank

Hey guys... so tomorrow is the big day, I’ve prepared MTS, got a sweet 17 gallon rimless tank and gear, and plants are arriving in the mail. I set up a 3 gallon dirted shrimp bowl that I set up a few months ago and it fired me up for something bigger!

Now for the problem, I have a super excitable, energetic 50lbs dog that I adopted nearly a year ago. I am terrified that he will knock over the tank and shatter my hopes and dreams. I could put in my bedroom but I’d rather have it in a common area, and my girlfriend (whom I live with) doesn’t want it in the bedroom at all.

I’ve never had a tank this size. Do you think my 50lbs dog would be capable of knocking it over if it’s set up on a leveled tank stand? Has you or anyone you know had this happen? Worst case I’ll go ahead and set it up in the bedroom and take the heat from my partner lol...
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I mean this is simple physics. Setup your stand and push it with varying levels of force and see what happens. Assume with a full tank on it that it will be even sturdier.
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Can you put it against a wall and add a couple brackets to screw it to the studs? The stand that is. Should keep it stable and having 4 small holes that are easily patched isnt a big deal.
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Can you put it against a wall and add a couple brackets to screw it to the studs? The stand that is. Should keep it stable and having 4 small holes that are easily patched isnt a big deal.
That’s a great idea! I’ll probably have to do it down low at the baseboards as our walls are sheet rock
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Thatís a great idea! Iíll probably have to do it down low at the baseboards as our walls are sheet rock
Your sheet rock is attached to the studs (I assume). The studs are what you will want to attach to. Can do it inside of the cabinet up high say top 3/4s of the cabinet. Two brackets one on each side should be sufficient to maintain stability during dog chaos.

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Thatís a great idea! Iíll probably have to do it down low at the baseboards as our walls are sheet rock
Your sheet rock is attached to the studs (I assume). The studs are what you will want to attach to. Can do it inside of the cabinet up high say top 3/4s of the cabinet. Two brackets one on each side should be sufficient to maintain stability during dog chaos.


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If you don't have studs available where you place the stand, you can use mollies (not fish) that are made for sheet rock or drywall. The holes will be larger than regular screws but will be more secure.

You will want to secure the stand to the wall higher rather than lower at the bottom. You may have to use a couple of spacers to bridge the space between the upper portion of the stand since you have baseboard or you can use a strap or wire to make the connection.

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