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    building a stand

    okay. i resently got a 100g:b2: but i got a crapy stand with it. so i wanna build 1 out of wood i have look around on the net for a bit, asked a bit on other forums. i kinda wanna get as many ideas as i can.

    so do u guys have any good tips/links for building a wooden stand for a 100g tank

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    well lets start with a big


    to Aquaria Canada

    always nice to see another reefer from Burlington here.

    is this going to be a built in or stand alone? either way the most important thing is to get it nice and level, i used a laser to help level my last built in. it worked pretty good but there were still some discrepencies due to inconstancies with the lumber. i just planned it down a bit until i was happy then covered it with a piece of plywood. i have always just used 2x4 lumber for my tanks ( 120G's ) and never had an issue, you can get away with less i'm sure but i don't like to take chances with that much water.
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    i was thinking of 8 legs total of strong 4x4, and then the rest of the frame with 2x4
    and then i was going to cover and paint it black.with a nice opening at the back

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    It's not a bad idea to use some styrofoam between the tank and stand, especially if it's a flat bottom tank. Raised bottoms not so much an issue but still a good idea it just evens it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seahare View Post
    It's not a bad idea to use some styrofoam between the tank and stand, especially if it's a flat bottom tank. Raised bottoms not so much an issue but still a good idea it just evens it out.
    good advice, i use it on all tanks, helps to do that last bit of levelling.

    Quote Originally Posted by kman View Post
    i was thinking of 8 legs total of strong 4x4, and then the rest of the frame with 2x4
    and then i was going to cover and paint it black.with a nice opening at the back
    4x4's should be avoided, they have tendency to twist as they dry out. it's much better to use (2) 2x4's either screwed or laminated ( screwed and glued ( PL premium ) together ).

    what are the dimensions of the tank?
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    the tankis 5ft1 inch long, 21inch high, and 20inch wide

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    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    4x4's should be avoided, they have tendency to twist as they dry out. it's much better to use (2) 2x4's either screwed or laminated ( screwed and glued ( PL premium ) together ).

    what are the dimensions of the tank?
    Yes.. 4x4s are bad.. Have been shown the way
    Never had a full tank on it but we will be rebuilding our stand or doing a built in..
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    really eh? well that sucks. owell i guess it will be all made of 2x4's. the styfoum is a neat idea how think shold it be?

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    Just glad the tank had never been filled
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    Quote Originally Posted by kman View Post
    the tankis 5ft1 inch long, 21inch high, and 20inch wide
    very similar to my 120XH ( L60" x W18" x H26" ), i have some pics of how i did mine. i'll look for them and post a couple, i did one side just like a regular house wall ( it actually was the half wall between my kitchen and living room ) and the other side i did to allow for doors. i'm actually taking the tank apart right now ( so many rain days, great time for re-doing my aquarium set up and get away from FW ) so if i can't find any of the pics i can take more.

    Quote Originally Posted by kman View Post
    the styfoum is a neat idea how think shold it be?
    i use the rigid pink insulation found at HD, i've used 1/2" - 1".

    does your tank have the black banding around the bottom or is it a flat bottom?

    another thing to consider is whether you need to build a support under the tank ( basement etc.. ), there is a good deal of weight involved in these tanks.
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