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a tank w/o a stand!!! what to do?

So I stupidly purchased a cube acrylic tank thats around 22x22x23 (ok not exactly a cube but close. Problem is it came w/ no stand. While craking myself over the head w/ a stick, i've been trying to come up w/ a way to use/make a stand.

My options are:

1. Custom built stand -- not sure what that would cost, or where to get it done.

2. TV stand adapted to be an aquarium stand

3. Nightstand/endtable - same as tv stand.

Here are some problems:

1. TV stand / night stands are usually pretty flimsy for a tank
2. Most of them arent deep enough so lets say 2-3 inches of the back of the tank would be suspended in the air (unless i can get a board cut to size to put on top of the stand (so the board is hanging off as well somewhat supporting the tank)
3. I cant just build a 2x4 type stand because it doesnt fit the decor of the room/house and my parents are going to throw me out together w/ the tank if the thing looks horribe. (i was going to put the tank on some construction brick stand :-)

Thanks for the help! feel free to either reply or pm ideas
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Have you look at Marineland or All-Glass Aquariums. You properly could use one that they manufacture for one of their tanks. Go to your LFS and ask them about a stand.

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I would build a nice stand with a good looking skin on its frame. Im sure if you did a search on DIY stand it would yield tons of results for you to brain storm on.
Its cool to make your own due to the fact you get to customize to your exact specs. Not to mention its much cheaper and will be better than anything you could buy anywhere. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you come up with. Will you be starting a journal?
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maybe try home depot or lowes.
they might have heavy duty shelving that's about that size for your tank plus they hold alot of weight.
here's a picture of something similar. you wont need a 5 tier rack but you get the idea.

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Maybe something like http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00115789 ?

Or do you need to conceal equipment?

(Yes I know much of the furniture at that store is flimsy, but their solid pine stuff tends to be extremely solid--obviously you'd want to jump on a floor model before buying...)
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Maybe something like http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00115789 ?

Or do you need to conceal equipment?

(Yes I know much of the furniture at that store is flimsy, but their solid pine stuff tends to be extremely solid--obviously you'd want to jump on a floor model before buying...)
Does that stand not look like its going to break the instant i fill the tank half way? it looks so weak to me

the tank is around 450 lbs by my estimation
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I said jump on it!

And no it doesn't look like it would break when the tank is half full; it looks quite beefy.
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Put it on top of your entertainment center, if you have one. I have done this with no issues.

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No access to the entertainment center. the tank is going into a corner. I can totally see myself jumping on furniture at Ikea... having a SNL moment... making humping movement to the stand...
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How about cinder blocks and plywood? I did this once. Then I threw an old table cloth over it and placed the tank on that. Total cost, about $15.

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Thats a good idea, and in my original post i wrote that i tried it but my dad flipped out at me for brining blocks into the house. The stand needs to have some space for a canister hopefully. (nm the co2 tank which will be housed in the stand of another aquarium and just running a line along the wall)

the stand has to be presentable
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