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    Advice on stand for big tank

    I'm starting to plan my next tank. It will be a 240g (8'x2'x2') fish and live rock tank. No sump. Ridiculously big skimmer. Normal fluorescent lights, power filter, that kind of thing.

    I have a perfect wall for it - right in my home office - and was thinking that instead of building a fancy stand I would just build something rough and put a wall in front of the tank. Not gyprock though, some kind of wallboard that I can cut holes in easily. There's no room for a tank room behind it so I would just go with cupboard like doors in the front of the wall. A couple big ones above the tank for working in it, a tall one beside it to access the skimmer & filter and several smaller ones below for storage space.

    Anyway, I'm trying to decide on the best way to build the stand itself. I want it to be about 36" high. I was thinking since looks aren't important I could just go with concrete blocks and a slab of thick plywood. I'm wondering if this would be better or worse than a stand build with lumber?
    Susan

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    Thats all Aqua has isn't it?
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    What? You mean concrete?
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    don't they have a few tanks on concrete blocks? they aren't 240s though.
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    Hi Flame Angle .. that a lot of weight and length so you will want this tank siting on Styrofoam and be absolutely LEVEL. I would go with 4X4 corner posts and 2X4 center posts. 2X6 top rail ands 2X4 bottom / shelf rail. The rails should be dadoed into the posts. Dadoing is required for diagonal stability. That's IMO
    Rob

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    Someday you may want to add a sump to such a large system. You may consider that now and allow for the space under the tank just in case.

    Would the stands that Steve makes out of aluminum hold that much weight?

    PE has a large tank on a metal stand but it is only about a foot high.

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    Thanks guys. I think I will build the stand with wood. Thanks for the advice salty dog. I really don't think I'm going to want a sump with this one. It's going to be fish only so there's not going to be a huge amount of in tank equiptment. I won't need the extra water volume. I figure I'll just need a heater and powerheads for a little circulation. The skimmer will give it plenty of oxygen.
    Susan

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    But just think of all the space you'll have in that tank for corals

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    No corals for this one, well maybe some mushrooms and polyps but it's not going to be a reef. I want this one for big non-reef fish.
    Susan

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    SUREEEEE ... Susan ..... Why would anyone want to put any corals in a 240???
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