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Building stands from cinder blocks

has anyone ever tried this before?

I saw this on the web: http://virtuallyamy.wordpress.com/20...quarium-stand/

Seems pretty legit. I've seen videos before on youtube where people had actually done something like this, too. Just wanted to know if anyone else had any experiences with this or something similar.

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ive done it when i had my 125gal.. its cheap,, effective and strong as crap
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I have personally never done it but I know it is a staple on several different forums I used to use. It can even be made to be a show quality stand with a little bit of modding.
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That's pretty slick. I'll file that away for later use.

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It is, isn't it? I was thinking about getting a 55 gallon from Petco's dollar per gallon sale, but I dont feel like shelling out 200+ dollars for a stand. no thanks.

And I wonder how many cinder blocks you'd have to use on a 40g breeder? or a 75 gallon?

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Uarajoey on diy fish keepers used cinder blocks to do a huge tank

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You'll be fine using them for a 55. I know people who do it on 120's, 150's, even 180, and 220's. How many bricks you use depends only how high you want it. My buddy's shop uses them 6 high.

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Is there much danger as far as potentially knocking out a middle block?
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I make a box out of 2 x 4 or other lumber that just fits the tank.

That stack of blocks is very stable.
2 blocks is not enough room for most canisters, though.
I use 2 stacks for tanks up to 4' long, no need for a stack in the middle.
If you are placing these on a hardwood floor or linoleum you might add a thin pad under them. They can scratch a floor. Look into something like a car mat, or plastic floor runner, or similar. Thin, so it won't deform, but sturdy.

Variations that would mean more room for a canister filter:
A) No shelf. Canister on the floor. Works just fine.
B) Use a 4" high block, then the shelf, then 2 x 8" blocks, and another 4". This is much better for a canister, and the tank ends up the same height as if you used 3 x 8" high blocks and a shelf. Ask for the 4" high blocks as 8-4-16.
C) Use 3 x 8" blocks above the shelf (+ the one below). This is better for shallow tanks. I have my 40 gal breeder on this sort of stack.
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My 125 is on cinder blocks and have been for about three years. I sealed and painted them as well. Put down four 2x4s and plywood on top of the blocks. Works fine.

And I use the blocks for a stand for various tanks in the basement too.
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I am about to move into a first floor apt in the next 2 weeks. I was thinking about doing this for my 40B

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You'll find a lot of LFS use cinder blocks for tank racks.


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you can always use some liquid nails or any type of construction adhesive to glue them in place, just a dab in each corner or on all contacting surfaces if your worried. cost about $2.50

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I built a stand out of nine 4x8x16 inch blocks and a laminated shelf for my 20g. Solid as a rock and was about 20 bucks. It weighs about 200 pounds though. It's low to the floor, because that's where I'm at when I view it.

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