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    75gal. DIY stand question

    Hi all!
    I'm in the process to built a stand for my new 75gal.(48"x18"x21")
    I will be using 2"x4" as legs(double) and was wondering if i really need to put a centre support if i use 2"x6" on top where the tank will be sitting.The reason i'm asking is that if i ever go back "salt" i will be able to put a sump under easily.I already know how to built the stand(did it twice for a 29gal. and 55gal.)but they had a middle support(all 2"x4" built).I just dont want to wake up to a big mess...:b9:

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks!

    P
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    37gal Oceanic Saltwater Reef (in the work)
    125gal. Saltwater "Reef" (Shared tank with my dad...lol)

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    that should be fine but if your nervous ( and you're far better off safe rather than sorry for the little $$$ it would cost ), laminate ( glue and screw ) two 2"x6"'s together for the front section. this will give you a 4" x 6" that you could probably drive a tank over :b7:
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    stand

    Good day eh
    I believe you were at my house today picking up some stuff.
    The stand for the 75gal in my living room was built by me and the top horizontal frame pieces are made from STRAIT single 2x4's.(NOT cheep studs)
    There is NO center vertical brace.
    I have had that stand for about 25 years now and it used to have a 90gal on it for most of that time.
    You can get ahold of me and come back to have a look if you want.

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    Buzzard, could you, please, post some pictures of the stand (including joints)
    I'm building a stand for 90g (in-wall) very soon.
    I'd appreciate pointers.

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    pics wanted for stand

    OK
    They will not let me post a URL to the pics untill I have at least 5 posts on this site so I can just post some crap untill I have 5 posts or you can Email me for the sight with the pics.
    j.poirier@rogers.com

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    DIY 75G. stand result

    Thanks for all the input.That is what i came up with today.
    Looks and feel pretty strong.I might add another vertical 2"x4" in each corner just to be on the safe side.
    Total cost is about $30(wood and screws)i already had the glue :b16:
    For the interested /reference the black background is "Tremclad flat black" to give you an idea.Sorry for the dirty tank :b11:
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    Looks good.
    I would say that it is MORE than strong enough to hold a 90.
    If you are closing it in, Remember that the siding will add a LOT of stability and it will keep it perfectly square.

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    As an after-thought, the OVAS site has a 4 part article on building a tank stand in their DIY forum: DarkDep's DIY Sturdy Tank Stand and Canopy - Part 1-4

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    Quote Originally Posted by AttiTude View Post
    Looks and feel pretty strong.I might add another vertical 2"x4" in each corner just to be on the safe side.
    if it were me i would add the 2" x 4" 's between the bottom plate and the 2" x 6". right now you are relying on the screws to support the weight and wood's strength is when used in compression.

    also as buzzard said, cladding it with 3/4" plywood will also give it a lot more strength.


    either way it looks pretty good :b6:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    The 2"x6" are resting on 2"x4" as it is(they are on the side,1 per corner).I'm gonna add one more at each corner to have piece of mind.That way i'll have 2 2"x4" on each corner supporting the 2"x6".
    I will post more pic once i'm done.

    Thanks!

    P
    10gal. Freshwater "Guppies"
    37gal Oceanic Saltwater Reef (in the work)
    125gal. Saltwater "Reef" (Shared tank with my dad...lol)

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