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Home Made Tank Stand


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This is a finished tank stand for a 125 gallon tank I put together

with help from dad and his work shop. It's stained and varnished

to make it look purdy. :D

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Nice work Paul, having access to a workshop is a great bonus, I have a workshop where I work and have done two stands. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when you DIY :D

Hope to see some pics when your tank is set up.

Thanks for the pics :)

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Here's one without the stain. Constructed of 4x4's for the corners

and middle supports. 2x4's for the lower stability, and 2x6's for

the upper support and for the tank to rest on.

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Here's a look at how the corner joints/bolts all went together.

Gotta make sure they go in at different levels, or they run into

each other.

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Here's another look at the corner joints on the upper part.

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Here's a view of the 4x4 middle support cut to take the 2x4

and 2x6.

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Here's an overview of the corner support 4x4

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Very nice Hun. How long did it take you guys to make it?

What tank is this for?

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Close up of the top part of the corner support. The knob that

is remaining, goes inside of the 2x4/2x6 frame.

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Here's a look at the bottom corner cut out. These are snug

fit to get the 2x4's into.

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Supplies used:

4x4x8'-2

2x4x8'-2

2x6x8'-2

3/8" lagbolts-40

3/8" washers-40

Colonial maple wood stain-1 pint

Semi-gloss varnish-1 quart

Total bill was around $50 (US)

It took 5 or 6 different days to put it all together including stain

and 3 layers of varnish with sanding included. The overall length

is 6'1/2" and width is 19". That gives you a 1/4" wider on each

side of the tank. The height is 26", this allows me to be able to

reach the bottom or back of the tank with out using a step stool.

Before placing the tank on the stand, I put wax paper down.

This prevents the tank becoming bonded to the stand and

impossible to seperate. :) Pics of the tank will arrive at some

point. I'm still playing around with it. :rolleyes:

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Paul, the stand looks real 'purdy' and solid as a tank (of the armoured variety). Well done!

$50 is money well spent, how much would a comparible stand cost to buy retail?

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Thanks all. :) It's just a plain looking stand, so nothing to really

compare it to. I haven't found anything *yet* for a 125 gal

tank for prices, but one for a 75 gal was over the $50 mark at

Big Al's.com I could put doors on it if I wanted to, but like having

the open accessability underneath. :rolleyes: This is the second

stand that we (pop and me) have put together. He figures we've

about got this down to a *science.* B)

One thing to remember when selecting wood, make sure every

board is straight-no warping/twisting. Try and pick surfaces that

don't have any printing on them or teeth marks from being handled.

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Wow thats huge, it looks like it could take ALOT of weigh lol

(well im hopeing so... since it has to hold a 125 gallon)

Great job, Congrats :D

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Awesome job, Paul! :D

Looks like your no stranger to woodworking. I would sooooo love to have access to a workshop. Well, one near me anyway. I can go to my grandfathers and use his but that a road trip just to get there.

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Guest kpdogg

Posted (edited)

Tank Stand

Nice stand, wish i had room for one that big! I just built one also for my corner tank pentagon style. In the store they wanted $240 cdn for a stand and I built mine for $60 cdn.

Edited by kpdogg

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Figured you'd like it toothy, being the sawdust man you are. :lol:

kpdogg, it looks sweeeeet. :)

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Thanks, just doing the cycling of the tank. Hope to move my fish over in a few weeks. :)

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i remember seeing someone selling those wood stud fish tank stands on ebay, but i cant find them anymore.

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hey paul,

are you interested in build a stand for me? i'm willing to pay you.

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It's possible, but if I'm reading your location right, you're out in New York? The shipping would probably cost more than a stand from one of your local stores. If you're still interested, I'm all :listen:

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awesome job. i dont have the fancy tools, just a few basic ones.

looks like your dad really knows whats he's doing.

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If I did something like this, it'd be on a much smaller scale, but this is an excellent model to copy from! The tank stands I've seen in stores are *so-o-o-o* expensive! I'd rather spend that money on fish.

But this tank stand is a good place to start, because I'm so afraid if I make something, it'll crash under the weight of the water.

Hmmm.... good idea!

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