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Suitable stand for 5.5?

Hey folks, I currently have a betta fish in a Fluval Spec 2, but since I got a new job (and apartment with more space!) I was thinking of upgrading his tank to a 5.5 since those are relatively cheap and easy to move.

My question is, where do I put the tank? I have an ikea beckvam kitchen cart which would be the perfect size, but I want to make sure it would work before I commit. What do you think? It seems pretty sturdy and sustained my weight alright when I tested it out.

Does anyone have experience with this stand? Would this work or is this a bad idea?

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http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/30240348/
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Seems like a sturdy item. Also seems like a waste of a good kitchen work aria.
Your choice of course but as I read the title of the thread I was thinking "end table"
would work fo this.

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Hey folks, I currently have a betta fish in a Fluval Spec 2, but since I got a new job (and apartment with more space!) I was thinking of upgrading his tank to a 5.5 since those are relatively cheap and easy to move.

My question is, where do I put the tank? I have an ikea beckvam kitchen cart which would be the perfect size, but I want to make sure it would work before I commit. What do you think? It seems pretty sturdy and sustained my weight alright when I tested it out.

Does anyone have experience with this stand? Would this work or is this a bad idea?

Thanks!

http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/30240348/
@ 5.5gal your looking at 50lbs max
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Hey folks, I currently have a betta fish in a Fluval Spec 2, but since I got a new job (and apartment with more space!) I was thinking of upgrading his tank to a 5.5 since those are relatively cheap and easy to move.

My question is, where do I put the tank? I have an ikea beckvam kitchen cart which would be the perfect size, but I want to make sure it would work before I commit. What do you think? It seems pretty sturdy and sustained my weight alright when I tested it out.

Does anyone have experience with this stand? Would this work or is this a bad idea?

Thanks!

http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/30240348/
@ 5.5gal your looking at 50lbs max
Is 50 pounds a lot for this item or not?
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I'm sure it will be fine considering the specs state it's solid wood. If you find it a bit flimsy, add a few extra screws and you are good to go.
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Great, thanks for the help everyone!
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Knockdown furniture what Ikea sells has those flimsy cam locks. My daughter bought an Ikea desk for her first apartment and it came with what felt like five pounds of those things. That table should do fine for a 5.5G, just keep in mind that it may "sway" a bit in time. So keep it up against a wall where it will have the least possibility of someone bumping into it. Honestly, I think it would make an awesome stand, but it may be just a bit shaky.

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Knockdown furniture what Ikea sells has those flimsy cam locks. My daughter bought an Ikea desk for her first apartment and it came with what felt like five pounds of those things. That table should do fine for a 5.5G, just keep in mind that it may "sway" a bit in time. So keep it up against a wall where it will have the least possibility of someone bumping into it. Honestly, I think it would make an awesome stand, but it may be just a bit shaky.
You can get a tube of loctite and glue the joints to strengthen the stand. They do get wobbly over time, the adhesive will prevent this.
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You can get a tube of loctite and glue the joints to strengthen the stand. They do get wobbly over time, the adhesive will prevent this.
There ya go!

Never thought of that, but I guess that makes it...... "no longer knockdown" furniture, lol!

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