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So I have 60 cm or 2 feet long by 35 cm or 14 inch deep tank on a cabinet of the same size. Now I actually want to replace this tank with one that is slightly deeper, 40 cm or 16 inches. Do I need to replace the cabinet as well or can I just place a 2 inch thick plate of wood on top of this cabinet?
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Would it hold the weight of the new aquarium or will lead it cracks on the sides? Is there a chance the cabinet won't hold the weight?
 

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It can probably be modified, but everyone is going to be shooting in the dark and guessing unless you post a picture.
 

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It can probably be modified, but everyone is going to be shooting in the dark and guessing unless you post a picture.
Right, sorry about that. I thought I added a picture already.

I don't have the new tank yet, so I can't make picture with the tank on top of the cabinet. I didn't want to buy it before I knew if I could modify the cabinet or if I should get a new one.
 

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It's the cabinet itself you need a pic of, not the tank. We can't tell if it can be modified without seeing it.
 

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I already added a picture in the main post but I'll add another one here as well from another angle.
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So I have 60 cm or 2 feet long by 35 cm or 14 inch deep tank on a cabinet of the same size. Now I actually want to replace this tank with one that is slightly deeper, 40 cm or 16 inches. Do I need to replace the cabinet as well or can I just place a 2 inch thick plate of wood on top of this cabinet?
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Would it hold the weight of the new aquarium or will lead it cracks on the sides? Is there a chance the cabinet won't hold the weight?
In my opinion it should! I know others are probably afraid to tell you so but its all about the cabinet strength. Is it sturdy enough? if you already had a tank with almost the same measurements on it and just wondering if it will hold since it will be coming over the front and back then yes it probably will! With your 2inch thick panel in between im very certain it will be fine. Do a weight test if you want peace of mind. 2 inches is insane. im fairly certain an inch would do but better be on the safe side. Like i said if the cabinet holds the weight and the 2" plank is solid it should hold it without problems. Hope you all the best with your new tank!
 

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I can't assure you one way or another without knowing what the stand was made to handle, but my guess is you should be fine. I had a 20G long tank on a stand that I got for it at Petsmart or something. I later upgraded to a 30G high, which has the same dimensions but a few extra inches of depth (plus a lot more gravel and rocks). I didn't think twice about whether the stand could handle the added weight, and it hasn't been a problem for the 3 years since I made the switch.

If that cabinet is made to hold an aquarium with the same footprint, then I wouldn't worry about your new tank.
 

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Uhhhh, sorry, but can you give us the full dimensions (length x width x height) of the old tank and the new tank? I'm not following dimensions wise.
 

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In my opinion it should! I know others are probably afraid to tell you so but its all about the cabinet strength. Is it sturdy enough? if you already had a tank with almost the same measurements on it and just wondering if it will hold since it will be coming over the front and back then yes it probably will! With your 2inch thick panel in between im very certain it will be fine. Do a weight test if you want peace of mind. 2 inches is insane. im fairly certain an inch would do but better be on the safe side. Like i said if the cabinet holds the weight and the 2" plank is solid it should hold it without problems. Hope you all the best with your new tank!
I think it's sturdy enough, I don't really know how to check or calculate what weight it can hold. It's a custom made cabinet from hollow iron beams and pinewood (I think). If anyone has knowledge on how to calculate the weight bearing capacity, please let me know.

How would I do a weight test? Just place the plate and something on top that's about a 100 or so kg?

Just make sure the tank weight is evenly distributed and level and you should be all set.
Alright thanks, the tank itself will rest on sponge mat so it will evenly distributed and level. How much does hard scape play a role role in this?
Going for a forest layout with most stones and wood on the sides.

I can't assure you one way or another without knowing what the stand was made to handle, but my guess is you should be fine. I had a 20G long tank on a stand that I got for it at Petsmart or something. I later upgraded to a 30G high, which has the same dimensions but a few extra inches of depth (plus a lot more gravel and rocks). I didn't think twice about whether the stand could handle the added weight, and it hasn't been a problem for the 3 years since I made the switch.

If that cabinet is made to hold an aquarium with the same footprint, then I wouldn't worry about your new tank.
Well the new aquarium will "hang" over the cabinet by about an inch (2,5 cm) on all sides. So it doesn't match the footprint of the soon to be old aquarium. That's why I am looking at placing another slate of wood on top of the cabinet.

I'll go from a 20 to a 27 gallon tank or 75 to 100 liters.

Uhhhh, sorry, but can you give us the full dimensions (length x width x height) of the old tank and the new tank? I'm not following dimensions wise.
The old tank is 60 cm long, 35 cm deep and 35 cm high. The new one will be 65 cm long, 40 cm deep and 40 or 45 cm high. It's not too big a difference.

In imperial measurements I think that's from 2 feet to 25,5 inch in length, 14 to 16 inch in depth and from 14 to 16 or 17,5 inch in height.

The cabinet is the same size in length and depth as the old tank.
 

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I think it's sturdy enough, I don't really know how to check or calculate what weight it can hold. It's a custom made cabinet from hollow iron beams and pinewood (I think). If anyone has knowledge on how to calculate the weight bearing capacity, please let me know.

How would I do a weight test? Just place the plate and something on top that's about a 100 or so kg?
Yep.
 
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