DIY stand help

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AlexisMedina

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Calling out folks who build stands! I'm planning to purchase a Mr. Aqua 730 aquarium which is a 12 gallon long essentially the form factor 1/4 of a 50/48 gallon. It's 35.4 x 8.3 x 9.4H. I'm planning to build a shelf like stand that can hold 2 to 4 of these tanks.

My question is, are 2" x 2" 's appropriate for a build like this? I'm planning to have those as the main frame structure, with the tanks placed on top of a 0.5 inch plywood. Think it's wise to stank 4 tanks in a fairly narrow shelf alongside a wall?

I'm still working on some drawings, which I could post to better illustrate the build.

Thanks
-Alex
 

mikeljh2000

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This is what I built for my 125 gallon tank I used 3/4 inch plywood and 2 X 4 pieces of wood and it worked really good. 2 X 2 would probably work as well I was just wanting to make sure it could hold the wieght.

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TL1000RSquid

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How are you doing it 4 shelfs 1 per or 2? 2x2 could probably work, I'd feel better using 2x4's if I were doing it though. if your keeping a small footprint I would anchor into the wall.
 

AlexisMedina

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@TL1000RSquid:

I'm planning to make a 4 layer shelf stacked on on top of the other. I am considering anchoring it to the wall, or, if I cant find a steady place bolt it to, perhaps bolt the base to the floor.

@PattyCakes81:
That looks interesting.
 

dougall

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I'm planning to make a 4 layer shelf stacked on on top of the other. I am considering anchoring it to the wall, or, if I cant find a steady place bolt it to, perhaps bolt the base to the floor.
With 4 aquariums on shelves, I don't think that anchoring is optional, and anchoring to the wall would be many times more effective than bolting to the floor, torque and that sort of thing.

It will also depend how tall these shelves will be, and where the aquariums will sit within that space.
 

mikeljh2000

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I would say do a test with it when you get done with something around the same wieght as the tanks. Also the more secure it is the better. It's better to be safe than sorry. Ancor in to the wall would be for the best

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