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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Please help. Will this support my tank or is it just a disaster waiting to happen?

So I am very new to this hobby but also very excited by the possibilities. Once I found this forum and began researching I decided to upgrade from my old 5 gallon to a 20 gallon high tank. It's been planted, cycled, and now I'm in the slowly reasearching and adding fish stage. All was well.

Then in my reading I came across a few threads on aquarium stands... I never even thought about this . And now to be honest I'm more than a little worried. Right now this is my setup, the 20 gallon is sitting on a wood dresser/nightstand. The corners are firmly pressed into the wood and the water appears level. But there is a small gap in the middle front side (it's too narrow for a CD to pass through), the middle on the backside has to such gap. Is this an issue? Does this dresser even appear strong enough to hold this tank??


I really hope I can keep the tank this way but if it needs to be moved then that has to happen. Any opinions are welcomed I'm having nightmares about floods and destroyed floors right now.
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Depends on the material/construction of the dresser. What's it look like inside when you pull the drawers out?
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The filled weight of the tank is about 225 lbs. If the dresser is solid wood, I would feel fairly safe with it.

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ALL wood you're good but composite materials are questionable


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This is with the drawer out and a picture of the inside, no sure if it's composite wood or not.



My main worry is how this it is, the back side is just a veneer and the actual sides are less than 1/2" thick....ugh I don't know. My boyfriends 200pounds and has used this dresser as a stool before, but I don't know what that really tells me.
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I think it looks like solid wood in your picture on the right.
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I think you will be fine, keep an eye on it and in the mean time find a better stand
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Tanks with plastic frames actually only support from the four outside corners.
I think you're golden. (but the flood won't be my fault (had to say it LOL))




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I think it looks ok. But if you're really that worried you should just get a stand rated for that size tank if only to put your mind at ease.
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Lol wkndracer thanks for the vote of confidence.

I feel better, thanks everyone. I'm going to let the pants grow in some, stare at a lot more members tanks and try to figure out some kind of aquascaping plan. When I redo the tank in 2-3 months or so I'll transfer it to a more suitable stand.

Another reason I didn't want to move it is because I'm using buckets to change the water and the thought of having to lift a bucket of water any higher makes me want to weep.

Again thanks so much for your advice.
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If you're concerned, rig up support columns and hide inside the drawers.
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Looks sturdy enough to me. I usually get my hubby to sit on it to test out anything we're putting a tank that size on. He's 6' 3" so if it can support him wiggling a bit on it, I know we're fine. And certainly that looks better than some of the rubbish tank stands they try and sell at the LFS. Horrible mdf/chipboard rubbish!

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I'm all about saving money and using stuff that I already got hanging around the house. Looks real solid, especially compared to some things I have used as stands in the past in my younger foolish days .
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You could run support columns up the back without much trouble, and even the sides if you want. More support would require effectively rendering drawers inoperable. With that said, if you're set on using this as a stand you could remove the drawers, leaving only their faces for show, and house a canister filter inside. Just a thought.

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Your good. Your stand looks pretty capable of supporting that weight.
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