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Help Reinforcing 10 Gallon Tank Stand?

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I just got a new table to hold my fish tank. It wasn't made for a fish tank so I'm paranoid that it is going to fail. I've had it on there for about a week and I'm convinced the left side is bowing out. For peace of mind, I'd like to reinforce it. My idea was to put a single 2x2 at the back under each shelf (so a total of 4 2x2's). I'd secure them with screws on either side.

Do you think this would sure up the stand? Do you have any better suggestions I could try?

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Wood is stronger on end rather than horizontally. Placing 2x2 where you are suggesting could potentially help make the stand more rigid but you would still need to have a better means of bringing the weight to the ground. This may be achieved by running some 2x2s vertically as well. I'm also wondering what size tank you have on top to consider how much weight you are supporting?
 
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