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    2x2 for small stand

    I found a neat website to build aquarium stands, giving all the plans and hardware necessary.

    Only issue I have it, it states 2x2 for the support structure, whereas I would have thought 2x4 for the stand.

    Its only a stand a 24 gallon AquaPod, so not a real heavy load (compared to others). Will 2x2 be sufficient??
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
    Yellow Tang, 2 Clowns, Kupang Damsel, Yellow Watchmen.


    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
    Valentini Toby, Coral Beauty, various snails, hermits.


    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    The only problem with 2x2's is they usually develop a wicked warp to them. If you are just building the frame and then skinning it with plywood it would work fine. Depeding on your carpentry skills you could build a nice very strong stable stand using nice plywood and some hardwood bracing.
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    of the price of lumber.. go with 2x4's.. ignore the 2x2.
    it may be a little bulkier.. but way stronger.. and as Rob says, 2x2's twist.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    also.. a gallon of saltwater is about 9lbs.. so 9x24g = 216lbs + rocks, + light + + + so think possibly 300lbs by the time your done.
    I wouldn't trust a 2x2 for anything... specially not to hold a tank.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    You can't even buy a straight 2x2.
    If you find one that looks pretty straight on the skid, it will have warped by the time you get to the checkout.

    I'm with Liv.....go with 2x4's (also easier to screw without splitting)

    Dan

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    2x4's it is. Thanks for the advice.
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
    Yellow Tang, 2 Clowns, Kupang Damsel, Yellow Watchmen.


    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
    Valentini Toby, Coral Beauty, various snails, hermits.


    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    What's the best lumber to get for building a stand?? Just regular birch? pressure treated? I've never built a stand before, so I'm a bit in the dark.
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
    Yellow Tang, 2 Clowns, Kupang Damsel, Yellow Watchmen.


    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
    Valentini Toby, Coral Beauty, various snails, hermits.


    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    as a rule of thumb, you should never bring pressure treated wood in your house.
    even the new one with the ACQ stuff.. it will stink and release some chemicals in your place. regular stuff should do.
    if you want to do a nice job, paint your pieces before assembly. then patch what ever had to be cut. use a strong paint like tremclad. leave it outside to air out a few days.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    oh.. use carriage bolts when possible with washers and nuts.
    if you want to splurge a bit more, get them galvanised or stainless.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    2x2s would work for weight alone depending on how you build it,but it is true those suckers worp like crazy so for the sake of giving yourself a massive headache use 2x4s the cost difference is worth it.I would also put a layer of styrofoam on top of the stand especially if the tank is a flat bottom.

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