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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Can I trust this stand design?

I got a new tank + stand set, an Aqueon 36 bow front (http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=11677477). I like the stand but after a closer look I find it weird that it has a completely open back with nothing to support the entire 30" span between the left and right sides. This leaves the entire back side of the tank supported only by whatever rigidity the top of the stand and the bottom trim of the tank offer. Should I trust the manufacturer or try and build a support? (I assume no support is by design and not just that one stand messed up).

I saw a similar Marineland stand for their 46Gal 36" wide tank. In that one the back is open but has a vertical piece propping up the top in the middle just like I would expect. The MDF of whatever the top is made of does seem a bit thicker on the Aqueon stand than on Marineland.
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As long as the 4 corners are secure your fine.

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My 46 bowfront stand is the same way. You've probably got nothing to fear.


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Since you are in California you may want to consider earthquake safety. It doesn't sound like that stand design has much resistance to racking. I know having the corners of the tank supported is fine to actually hold up the tank but if there is lateral movement in a quake there would be a problem.


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its not considerably tall to need cross bracing but it may be something worth considering in an earthquake zone. the last thing anyone wants to hear is how a 350lbs tank racked and collapsed under its own weight.


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