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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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The tank is 10 gallons so with rocks + decorations its around 100lbs.

@Planted Rich - I'm not sure I followI'm not sure I follow. Do you mean run a 1x2 horizontally from back to front? Glue the 1" side to the shelf and screw the 2" side to the side?

** Edit: The side pieces go straight to the ground the outside piece at the bottom is just the facade
 

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Is there any particle board in this unit? If it is in the vertical or shelves then there would be so much reinforcing to do you might as well get a new stand.

I'd be screwing the shelves down all the way across the stand to prevent bowing. They are probably supported with dowels that are pulling free. Using L brackets is likely to be needed in the center to get that done.
This is solid wood, no particle board.

Thanks for the L-bracket suggestion, never thought of that.
 

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Hey all, ended up putting some wood screws in the sides and some L-brackets on each of the shelves. Also put a cross brace in the back.

Here are the screws in the sides at each shelf. I’m going to put another bit of stain on them tonight, the pic makes it look like they are a lot more noticeable than they actually are.



The following two are shots of the L-Brackets I put on each shelf. I had to use decorative ones on the base of the shelve to hide them. The ones on top are fine because you can't see them unless you look inside the shelf.





Here is a pic of the cross brace I put in the back. It’s a 1x2 piece of wood running from the top corner to the bottom opposite corner.



The finished product! Much sturdier than before.



Bonus pic of the kitty cat who seemed a little too curious with the tank on the floor. Had to keep it there while I was repairing the stand.

 
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