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double tank stand for 2 55 gallon tanks?

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was wondering if anyone has any stand plans for housing two 55 gallon tanks together on one stand? i saw some 2x4 stands but they are only for one tank. anyone have any ideas? thanks!
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Here's one that I've seen before. Only thing I'd add would be some kind of cross bracing in the back to prevent racking.

https://www.cichlid-forum.com/articl...55_diy_pt1.php


Edit: nevermind the racking comment. The plywood across the back would work. I missed that. Also, I'd use plywood rather than OSB.

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One quick note. These plans say he (she?) used drywall screws. Likely not a problem if well glued, but note that drywall screws have very little sheer strength ( I believe). Thus they cannot be used in certain building applications. Likely not much sheer here, but worth thinking about because of the weight of the tanks.

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what sort of screws should i buy then? maybe a link to the one that works? not 100% sure about this stuff.
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what sort of screws should i buy then? maybe a link to the one that works? not 100% sure about this stuff.
Like dang said, they have poor shear strength, but a properly constructed stand shouldn't put much shear stress on the fasteners. That being said, here is what I use.

Your friend has shared a link to a Home Depot product they think you would be interested in seeing:

Grip-Rite2-1/2 in. Construction Screw (10 lb.-Box)
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Grip-Rit...10BK/207200509



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Double stack

Here is my double stack 55g. I dato the vertical 2x4 to create a pocket for the horizontal 2x4. I use 3in+ deck screws. You can also use wood glue at all the joints to make it stronger.
I will need to double check when I get home but as I remember dimensions are as follows. 3/4in MDF shelf
L= 49.5in W= 13in
H= 13in bottom of first tank
H= 48in to bottom of 2nd tank
H= 72in overall
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it's pretty pricey to buy all the tools you need to do it. i just found out today, but it should be fun!

going to try the dado cut like you have but only up to 36 inches should be good enough. don't want a tank that is to high where i need a step ladder to maintain! should be a good compromise i'll post pics of how i did it all when i'm done!

Bump: was wondering how many cross braces you added? and how far apart? i was thinking of adding 2 cross braces 1 feet apart each one. 2 on the edge to make the box and then 2 in the middle. what do you think?
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Yeah it's pricey at first, but it saves you money in the long run. I started with tank stands, but now I've made swingsets, bunk beds, bathroom vanities, bookcases, etc.

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