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Is This Desk OK

Hello all I have been soaking up allot on this site and I would like to thank everyone for the wealth of information you have provided.
I have kept fish cichlids for around 10 years before my kids were born, when they came along 3 boys I found a lack of time for fish. I came home one day after work to find the water in my aquarium milky white apparently my 3 year old dumped a glass of milk in the tank. I then decided to take a break from fish keeping.
Now my kids are grown up youngest is eighteen I have more time to get back into the hobby.
When I was keeping fish back in the day the internet was just a pup it is now grown up much to my delight. So now I can ask this question to the world.
Do you think I can put a 25g on this desk it is made of maple it seems to have a lot of reinforcement I donít really want to buy a stand
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I think it will be fine if you don't mind inevitable water damage. The tank will weigh around 250-275 pounds. If you have someone about that weight who can sit on the desk and give it a good test without it showing and weakness it should work. I would position it more towards the drawer side of the desk, where it is the strongest, as opposed to centering it. Either way, it should be fine.

I have a 12 gallon tank on a laminated particle board night stand with no problems. lol

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I'm not sure how big you are, but can you sit on top of the desk without it feeling wobbly at all? A filled 25 gallon is going to weigh almost 300 pounds. The construction of the desk is definitely enough to hold the weight (it's amazing how little wood it takes to do that my only concern would be the right side of the desk. Those legs look like they could prism if they aren't well attached at the top, then the whole thing would come crashing off the side.

You might also consider relocating your power strip. Any sort of leak/spill is going to go right on top of it.

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lol Jason. for sure!

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Thanks

Thanks here is a shot of the legs and its a 29 Gal sorry typo

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If you're not wanting to spend a lot of money on an actual stand, you can hit the hardware store and get the materials to either reinforce the desk or even turn it into an actual stand. Just a thought.....

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I'm thinking about screwing it to the wall just to make sure
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I've got a 75 gallon on a pretty janky desk I bought from a thrift store. Youll be fine.
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I don't trust the two legs. If your going to use it consider moving most of the weight over the drawers.

Of course that's coming from a guy that had a steel stand wielded up that will hold a dump truck.
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Just echoing what's already been said: It will probably be better if you move it over to the drawer-side of the desk. That way it looks like there are two paths of support along the length of the tank, and (imho, more importantly) the support is closer to symmetrical.

If you leave it over the open part of the desk, I'd be worried that the weight over time would cause the desk to sag, leaving the tank un-level, and possibly in a manner that would cause all of the weight to be focused on a couple stress points.

If you aren't in a rush to set it up, it may be worth leveling the desk, and then piling up ~300 lbs worth of rocks, sand, 5 gallon buckets full of water, whatever. (try to keep it all based on a foot print of the same size as the tank)

Then see if there is any noticeable sagging/deflection (don't trust your eyes, use a straightedge and level) immediately, and again after a couple weeks.

anyways, I think it will probably hold. And I wouldn't suggest screwing it into the wall, At best, I think it would do pretty much very little, and at worst, could tear a bunch of little holes in your wall. unless you are in an earthquake area, then it may be worth throwing some straps around the tank/desk that attach to the wall.
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