Joined: Jul 23, 2007 Posts: 66 Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:47 am Post subject: Help needed on stand
Dear Fellow aquarists
I am going in for a 48"(L)*19"(W)*24"(H) - moulded imported tank.
The stand: 48"(L)*19"(W)*27"(H)
1. I see a lot of posts talking on the importance of stands and its structure to take up that weight of the tank + water + deco etc. --> can someone tell me if the stand provided with these kinds of tanks (the stand is also imported) are sturdy enough to take up that weight?
2. What does one need to look at (salient points) in these stands of this dimensions? Any advice on inspecting (supports, cross links) etc? The stand as i saw it has 3 compartments.
3. I haven't confirmed my tank yet and would go for a final look before taking a decision. Your advice would be pricless.
Joined: Oct 03, 2006 Posts: 177 Location: Powai, Mumbai
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:26 am Post subject: Re: Help needed on stand
If the stand is provided along with the tank then it should have been designed to take full load of the tank.
But in my opinion, its better to reinforce the stand (if you intend to buy readymade one) with those serrated galvanised iron angles which are readily available in hardware stores. Just the weight of water in your tank will be close to 400kgs. Once you add strata and such things its definitely going to be a substantial heavy object. Its better to be safe than to be sorry as such tank come real hard on our pockets.
Also If you are going to use external filter make sure you do a thorough research before zeroing in on the filter and then ensure that the filter will be easily accommodated in the stand. Same applies for chiller or sump (whichever way you are going).
Last but not least make sure the place where you are going to place your tank will take the concentrated load as there is always considerable load transmitted through the legs of the stand. (for e.g. if your tank weighs 900 kgs and your stand has six legs then each leg will be transmitting a load of 150 kgs of the floor tiles.
Please let me know if this clarifies your doubts or something else is required.
All the Best and Happy Fishing :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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