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Postby PaulaO on Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:47 am

If I get the 150 gallon tank, I'll need to build a stand for it.

I have a 28g tank that is on a really sturdy store-bought stand that is made of mostly 2x4s and lag bolts.

I'd like to do a bigger version but using 4x4 as the vertical posts and 2x6's for the horizontal pieces.

Is this overkill or just right?

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Postby rpilla001 on Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:51 am

You want to get a cross brace in there. You need a diagonal from corner to corner to keep the stand from "racking". With that much weight, one push from the short end and the whole thing will collapse. I would put a sheet of 3/4" plywood across the entire back and screw it off every 6-8 inches. i would also do it on both sides. This will "brace" the frame from racking. You can drill holes in the back plywood wall for hoses and electrical without causing significant structural deficiencies.

Also, use #2 pine for all the supports. it costs more but is stronger and willlast longer than spruce or hem fir.
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Postby PaulaO on Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:49 pm

DUH!

I can't believe I never even thought about the braces.

Yeah, plywood on the back and sides would work great.

Any suggested minimum thickness of plywood?

#2 pine as in the plywood or in the wood in general?

And what do you think of landscape timbers for the middle two vertical posts?
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Postby badflash on Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:32 pm

My stand is quite simple and uses no braces or fasteners. I simply stacked cinder blocks at either end and put 4 4X4's accross them. Works like a champs, very little work and very cheap.
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Postby PaulaO on Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:44 pm

I suggested that design, several weeks ago, to my better half. I got a very dirty look and a "no". It was that special kind of NO that I knew to not push.

This will be in the living room and I suppose that is where the design found fault.

I had a huge bookshelf in college made out of old boards and cinder blocks. Held a lot of books. And bottles.
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Postby badflash on Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:40 pm

Ah, but that is where a skirt around the whole thing comes in...
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