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180Gal. Glass tank stand

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This is the tank stand, build that I plan to use. See my marked up attachment. In this current build, all 2x4's are being used. I only want to use 2x6" in the areas that I've marked up, the rest of the stand will use 2x4's from the original design, which is "not" mine.

Tank dimensions: 30" x 72" x 18" (HxLxD)

I'm posting because I'd like to make a change to the following: 2x6's in the corners as well as in the center of the tank to support the weight in the 6 areas that I've marked up in my attached jpg (see areas 1 - 6) and I'm slightly paranoid as I'd like to make sure the stand is well built. Anyone see any issues replacing the 2x4's in these 6 locations with 2x6's?

2x4's are easier to work with for me as a novice woodworker vs using all 2x6's (and it will lower the materials cost some).

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AQUARIUM CONFIGURATION
Shape: Rectangle
Style: Full
Frame: Traditional
Dimensions: 30" x 72" x 18" (HxLxD)
Approx Dry Weight: 446.00 lb.
Approx Full Weight: 1,732.00 lb.
Approx Total Gallons: 155
Front Panel: 5/8" Ultra Clear Non Tempered
Back Panel: 5/8" Regular Clarity Non Tempered
Left Panel: 1/2" Regular Clarity Non Tempered
Right Panel: 1/2" Tempered + Ultra Clear
Bottom Panel: 5/8" Regular Clarity
Background: No
H2Overflow® Accessories
Overflow/Siphon Placement: Custom Placement
Lids: Yes, glass with handles
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If you want to spend the extra money, by all means go for it. In my experience, I built a stand with the same design made entirely of 2x4s, and it's held a 130 gallon on it for about 9 years with no issues. Both tank and stand are still going strong.
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I made a similar stand for a 72" long 125G tank and the changes I made was to replace the 2 x 4 top frame with a 2 x 6 frame, only two 2x4's for the top struts instead of the six shown in your pic and either 4 or 5 2x4's laid flat for the bottom struts so there was more clearance inside the stand. I also did not install a center post in the front middle of the stand.

I'll see if I can find some pics of the stand, I lost a few when I migrated from Photobucket.

Here are some pics from another forum https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/...45917#p1445917 post #7

P.S. I did use wood glue and Kreg pocket screws for the frame build.
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I have built a similar stand from all 2 by 4s for a 280 gallon tank that I had (72"L x 24"D x 37"H). It was plenty sturdy. I had less 2 bys running front to back, but I also had 3/4" plywood on the top and bottom. I don't think that you need 2 by 6's, or even as many 2 by 4s to have a safe and probably over-engineered stand.
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I'll be fine with 2x4's and even though I won't need a center support, I'm going to use one anyway, because 2x4's are "not" perfect, especially if there's a crack. This was very helpful. Thank you!

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I have built a similar stand from all 2 by 4s for a 280 gallon tank that I had (72"L x 24"D x 37"H). It was plenty sturdy. I had less 2 bys running front to back, but I also had 3/4" plywood on the top and bottom. I don't think that you need 2 by 6's, or even as many 2 by 4s to have a safe and probably over-engineered stand.
If 2x4's can easily support a 280 then I 180 will be fine! Thank you, much appreciated!


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