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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Have anybody used a couple of stool’s as an aquarium stand? Or maybe four of them under a cube tank? I have Linked to the product i am takling about, eatch stool is rated for about 100 kg. https://www.ikea.com/no/no/p/oddvar-...furu-20249330/
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I suppose if the stools and your floor were level you could get away with it, but I would be inclined to make one out of 2x4s. I don't like the idea of the base that holds glass and a lot of water weight not being one piece.

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I have not used a stool as a tank stand. A lot depends on the size and filled weight of the tank to be used and its placement in the room.

You might be able to get away with using the 4 stools if you can securely connect them together AND put a piece of plywood on the top of them and secure it to the stools also.

I'm not a fan of using furniture for aquariums either due to the construction of the item or the lack of secure footing of the furniture.

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I would not do this unless you are connecting them securely together with screws and/or glue. Seriously you do not need someone bumping into a stool and your tank tipping over. To the extent you just need a cheap stand you should look into cinderblock stands. A google search will come up with lots of videos of people making stands out of cinderblocks. It is cheap and can hold crazy amount of weight (like a house's worth of weight).
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Thanks for your answer, i will look in to another solution. I am looking for a aquarium stand for an cube tank 70x70 cm
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I would not do this unless you are connecting them securely together with screws and/or glue. Seriously you do not need someone bumping into a stool and your tank tipping over. To the extent you just need a cheap stand you should look into cinderblock stands. A google search will come up with lots of videos of people making stands out of cinderblocks. It is cheap and can hold crazy amount of weight (like a house's worth of weight).

That is exactly what I was going to suggest. Stools seem like a really bad idea and would be very difficult to shim if you needed to. A cinder block stand is cheap and modular so you can adjust for whatever height you want and just cover with a nice tablecloth or something similar to keep any external equipment out of view.

You say a cube tank, it isn't rimless is it?
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I would not do this unless you are connecting them securely together with screws and/or glue. Seriously you do not need someone bumping into a stool and your tank tipping over. To the extent you just need a cheap stand you should look into cinderblock stands. A google search will come up with lots of videos of people making stands out of cinderblocks. It is cheap and can hold crazy amount of weight (like a house's worth of weight).

That is exactly what I was going to suggest. Stools seem like a really bad idea and would be very difficult to shim if you needed to. A cinder block stand is cheap and modular so you can adjust for whatever height you want and just cover with a nice tablecloth or something similar to keep any external equipment out of view.

You say a cube tank, it isn't rimless is it?
Yes it is rimless
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Gotta have a really flat, stable base for rimless aquariums (especially for larger tanks) and a pad / yoga mat in between to account for any imperfections in the stand. The middle of the glass on the bottom needs support because it has a large bending moment. It carries the most weight of any part of the tank, all that water, and it's the furthest from the silicone seams on the edge, so it'll bend without consistent support.
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