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    Tank Stand

    Hey gang,

    So since I am new to all this I also need to purchase a tank stand.
    Now the lfs charges WAY to much for stands. I'm looking for somthing
    wooden than can one day house a sump setup underneath. My
    carpentry skills SUCK so doing it myself is out. So can someone recommend
    a carpenter or maybe someone here makes them.

    Cheers!

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    what area do you live in?and whats the size of the tank? length and width and gal
    125ga all glass,35gal sump,3-14k 175w MH,3-40w actinics,90lbs LR,3 inch sand+cruchd coral bed,Fat Boy Saline Solutions skimmer,Mag 9.5,2- Maxi-Jet 900 Power Heads,

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    Hey Mike,

    The tank I am buying is a 33 gallon, so it's 30x12.(99% sure) I'm looking for somthing nice, you know that looks like a piece of furniture(wood).

    Cheers

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    shure do what area do you live in?
    125ga all glass,35gal sump,3-14k 175w MH,3-40w actinics,90lbs LR,3 inch sand+cruchd coral bed,Fat Boy Saline Solutions skimmer,Mag 9.5,2- Maxi-Jet 900 Power Heads,

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    Dam sorry thought I posted that, my bad. I'm in Kanata.

    Cheers

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    i don't know anyone out that way...i'm in Toronto
    good luck in your search......check any local cabinet shop
    125ga all glass,35gal sump,3-14k 175w MH,3-40w actinics,90lbs LR,3 inch sand+cruchd coral bed,Fat Boy Saline Solutions skimmer,Mag 9.5,2- Maxi-Jet 900 Power Heads,

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    OK thanks Mike!

    Cheers

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    If you're not terribly good a carpentry I'm going to guess you likely don't have the tools you'd need to build furnature.

    So you're looking at buying something or hiring somebody to make it for you. IMHO you'll pay less money for an off the shelf stand from a fish store than having something custom made.

    If you want to make a simple stand, you can do so out of some 2x4s & ply-wood. If you can make something square and level, you'd be okay for that. (I'm a computer guy, it took me 2 years of playing with wood & power tools to figure out square & level lol)

    Failing all of the above, get an inexpensive metal stand and then frame the outside in wood to hide it. There's tonnes of people that have done this & you can go as simple or ornate as you like. You can even change the facade if / when you get sick of it.

    And you can do it at a later date if you just want to get a stand & set up your tank for now.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Hey thanks for the advice. I could goto my dad's place, he has every tool
    known to man and a few! I was worried about the weight factor for the stand.

    I was thinking you would have to make a heavier duty stand because of the weight. Does anyone maybe have some plans or guide lines?

    Cheers

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    Once everything is in the tank, including rock & sand figure a ball park weight of 400 lbs for your tank. The 2x4 frame supports the sand (mostly) the plywood wood is more for you, but there's designs that use the plywood to support the tank too.

    In reality the tank will weigh between 300 and 400 lbs, but if you build for the high end you'll be good.

    There's hundreds of stand plans on the net. Try this one: http://www.garf.org/tank/buildstand.asp but by all means see what google turns up too

    Cheers!
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