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    could this cabinet hold an aquarium ??

    its an IKEA cabinet,
    I've looked at it in stores and it looks rock solid, we sat 3 on it..thats possibly ~550lbs+ and it did'nt move at all.

    http://www.ikea.ca/webapp/wcs/stores...10*10255*10257

    the tank I would like to put on it would be possibly ~750lbs once the lighting and rocks and all are in it.

    what you guys/gals think ?

    doable.. or forget it ?>

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    At $430, I'd forget it!
    You can get a stand made for aquariums for a lot cheaper... Even custom designed to your specs...
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    By design it can. The important thing to notice is that the legs are under the top so weigh will be transfered to the floor in the right fashion. The only thing that would concern me is .. is it made of particle board? If so BEWARE because particle board is a water sponge and dose not have the holding power that real wood dose. If you have you heart set on that piece you could by the looks of it line the inside with 1/2 to 5/8 inch plywood that is screwed into the legs which look to be solid wood.
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    yes, but I was going to use it as a divider between my kitchen and dining room, and I would use the storage for the kitchen not the tank.

    Salty, yes, its solid wood all around except like you said for the panneling which is regular plywood.

    you would line the inside with plywood.. like the back and sides ?.. hmm.. ok i'll check it out.

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

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    Liv ... If this last post is a response to my post it dose not mater what you will store in the cab. the issue even if always dry is that particle board dose not hold screws very well. their stuff also uses light particle board to keep shipping costs down and it has even less holding power the dose the denser types. Thew plywood will just serve to stiffen the whole thing up and offer added strength. If you opt to use this as a stand and not add plywood then I would strongly suggest that you also use glue on all contact surfaces, on dowels etc when you assemble it.
    also check out the bask side .. I bet it is ugly nailed on 1/8" press board or 1/8 inch press board in a track. That stuff has very little strength
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    thats would be easy to do and would give it diagonal integrity. You could also just add diagonal braces
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    to add strengh, I was thinking of attaching that cabinet to my counter as they are at the same height so i'd attach it to the wall ( in a 2x6 ) and to the counter ( particle crap ).

    I'm not sure I can really add wood inside as I'll have to rebuild all inside shelfving... not sure I want to go that route.

    you are right about the back, its the regular 1/8" stuff.

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

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    I could bolt the "L" shaped steel pieces between legs. and glue as I build.

    thx for the info

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    LIV that type of costrution isnt good for a tank to sit on in a months time it will bow it the center & you'll end up with a
    cracked tank "not suteable" IMO you would have to do way to much to it in order to strenthen this up !!!
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    doh !... guess its back to the drawing board.

    thx Dan.

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

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