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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:55 pm Post subject: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 Hi  Everybody,  
 
 First  of  all,  I  would  like  to  wish  everyone  and  their  families  a  very  happy  new  year.  
 
 I  am  planning  for  a  5  X  2  X  2  aquarium  and  was  looking  for  some  suggestions  for  the  aquarium  stand.  I  am  planning  for  a  Iron  stand  with  1.5  inch  Angle.  Does  it  sound  good?  Any  suggestions  will  be  greatly  appreciated..
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:16 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 Please  elaborate  on  the  type  of  aquarium.
 If  you  are  planning  for  marine,  then  iron  tank  might  rust  just  in  a  day  of  exposure  to  salt  water.
 Also,  if  you  are  planning  for  a  upgrade  to  a  marine  tank  in  the  future,  make  sure  the  bottom  part  has  enough  space  for  pipes.
 
 For  a  freshwater  tank,  no  issues.....  Let  others  comment  on  the  rusting  of  iron  used  for  a  freshwater  tank.  Logically,  if  well  painted  it  should  not  rust.  But  nothing  is  of  good  quality  and  so  check  with  others.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:25 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 1.5"  L  angle  iron  is  sufficient.  Are  you  planning  to  have  the  open  kind  of  stand  or  planning  to  cover  it  with  plywood  or  any  other  material?
 
 Refer  this  pic  Link  for  reference.  You  can  get  it  made  in  the  same  model.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:06 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

                                                   
cichlid_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                
Please  elaborate  on  the  type  of  aquarium.
 If  you  are  planning  for  marine,  then  iron  tank  might  rust  just  in  a  day  of  exposure  to  salt  water.
 Also,  if  you  are  planning  for  a  upgrade  to  a  marine  tank  in  the  future,  make  sure  the  bottom  part  has  enough  space  for  pipes.
 
 For  a  freshwater  tank,  no  issues.....  Let  others  comment  on  the  rusting  of  iron  used  for  a  freshwater  tank.  Logically,  if  well  painted  it  should  not  rust.  But  nothing  is  of  good  quality  and  so  check  with  others.                

 
 Its  for  a  marine  tank.  Will  it  help  if  I  put  a  coat  of  ant  rust  paint?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:08 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

                                                   
josyjames  wrote  (View  Post):                
1.5"  L  angle  iron  is  sufficient.  Are  you  planning  to  have  the  open  kind  of  stand  or  planning  to  cover  it  with  plywood  or  any  other  material?
 
 Refer  this  pic  Link  for  reference.  You  can  get  it  made  in  the  same  model.                

 
 Thanks  for  the  reference  pic  Shelly.  From  the  pic,  Is  it  a  good  idea  to  have  the  tank  sit  inside  the  L  angle  instead  of  the  flat  surface?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:57 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

                                                   
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Its  for  a  marine  tank.  Will  it  help  if  I  put  a  coat  of  ant  rust  paint?                

 
 Hmm,  you  can  in  theory  but  with  proper  maintenance.  The  day  the  anti  rust  comes  off,  the  steel  is  going  to  rust  like  hell  on  coming  into  contact  with  salt  water.  My  drilling  bit  rusted  in  just  a  day  after  I  drilled  a  hole  in  the  tank.  Saltwater  is  notoriously  dangerous  for  anything  iron.  But  with  proper  care  it  should  withstand.  Someone  like  me,  I  never  bother  about  the  stands,  once  the  tank  is  running  and  chances  are  over  a  period  of  a  year  or  two,  the  tank  is  going  to  get  exposed  to  some  salty  water......Any  specific  reason  why  you  want  iron  stands?  I  guess  you  could  use  wooden  stand  and  you  do  not  have  to  worry  in  future.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:13 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

                                                   
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Its  for  a  marine  tank.  Will  it  help  if  I  put  a  coat  of  ant  rust  paint?                

 
 Hmm,  you  can  in  theory  but  with  proper  maintenance.  The  day  the  anti  rust  comes  off,  the  steel  is  going  to  rust  like  hell  on  coming  into  contact  with  salt  water.  My  drilling  bit  rusted  in  just  a  day  after  I  drilled  a  hole  in  the  tank.  Saltwater  is  notoriously  dangerous  for  anything  iron.  But  with  proper  care  it  should  withstand.  Someone  like  me,  I  never  bother  about  the  stands,  once  the  tank  is  running  and  chances  are  over  a  period  of  a  year  or  two,  the  tank  is  going  to  get  exposed  to  some  salty  water......Any  specific  reason  why  you  want  iron  stands?  I  guess  you  could  use  wooden  stand  and  you  do  not  have  to  worry  in  future.                

 
 Hmm..  I  am  really  skeptical  if  the  wooden  stands  would  hold  the  weight  of  the  tank..  not  to  mention  the  price  of  the  wooden  tanks..  Also,  With  wooden  stands,  will  I  be  left  the  space  of  the  sump/skimmer  etc??
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:21 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hmm..  I  am  really  skeptical  if  the  wooden  stands  would  hold  the  weight  of  the  tank..  not  to  mention  the  price  of  the  wooden  tanks..  Also,  With  wooden  stands,  will  I  be  left  the  space  of  the  sump/skimmer  etc??                

 
 The  weight  -  I  have  a  90US  Gallon  tank  +  12mm  glass(4x2x1.5)  supported  on  wooden  tank  with  6  legs.  I  guess  5k  should  be  enough  for  a  reasonable  wooden  stand  and  its  negligible  compared  to  the  marine  equipments  you  would  have  purchased....
 Space  for  the  sump  -  Thats  more  of  a  design  problem  with  the  stand.  Make  sure  you  keep  atleast  2feet(assuming  the  skimmer  is  15-22  inch  in  height)  of  empty  space  below  the  tank.  Do  not  buy  any  readymade  stands.  Order  them,  giving  the  measurements  and  you  should  be  fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:22 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 I  am  running  a  5ft  Boyu  (LH-1500)  on  plywood  stand.  It's  2  yrs  now  and  no  issues  at  all.  I  just  took  a  design  from  the  google  images  and  gave  it  to  the  carpenter.  We  used  the  best  quality  waterproof  plywood  and  a  very  good  loooking  decolam  sheet.
 
 Problem  with  iron  stand  is  the  soldering  gives  way  after  sometime  if  not  done  properly.  Even  an  iron  frame  with  good  wood  work  will  have  this  issue.  I  am  sure  no  one  wants  to  hear  that  crackling  noise  in  the  middle  of  the  night  with  600L  of  water  in  the  room  with  fishes  and  broken  glasses.   Rust  is  an  issue.  (even  with  rust  proof  paint  the  elegance  is  lost)  Look  and  design  is  diificult  in  iron  stand  and  becomes  costlier  in  fabrication  workshops.  
 
 It  costed  me  25000  to  make  the  stand  out  of  ply  and  sheet.
 
 Just  sharing  what  I  think.  Hope  it  helps,
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:49 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 @  mougliblore
 
 I  use  a  wooden  stand  for  my  4.5  ft  cichlid  tank..capacity  200  Gallons  weighs  over  2000  pounds...  Stand  made  of  paddock  wood  with  6  strong  legs...Going  for  more  than  5  years  now..You  can  raise  the  height  of  the  stand  as  you  wish.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:17 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 I  am  using  a  steel  angle  stand  for  my  marine  5x2x2  with  a  nearly  4  foot  sump.
 
 As  long  as  you  get  it  powder  coated  there  is  no  issue.  After  3+  years  its  as  good  as  new  except  for  a  little  rust  near  the  feet  and  where  there  is  a  little  salt  creep.
 
 I  have  acrylic  sheets  around  the  sump  to  avoid  salt  creep.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:00 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 As  aquatk  opinion   [I  use  a  wooden  stand  for  my  4.5  ft  cichlid  tank..capacity  200  Gallons  weighs  over  2000  pounds...  Stand  made  of  paddock  wood  with  6  strong  legs...Going  for  more  than  5  years  now..You  can  raise  the  height  of  the  stand  as  you  wish}
 
 I  go  for  his  opinion  with  4"x  4"  or  5"x  5"  legs
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:13 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  all  your  suggestions.  I  have  decided  to  go  with  the  Wooden  stand.  Can  you  suggest  me  what  type  of  wood  and  the  thickness  that  is  suitable  for  a  5  ft  tank?
 
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 I  think  the  wood  has  to  be  more  brittle  than  soft....  Confused???  Well  I  meant  it  should  be  able  to  withstand  pressure  from  top,  but  need  not  take  much  lateral  force.  Chairs  are  made  of  wood  which  can  tolerate  lateral  pressure  so  that  it  doesnt  start  to  swing  after  people  sway  sidewards.  You  almost  never  push  a  aquarium  and  so  it  always  gets  more  vertical  force.  Not  an  expert  on  wood.  So  let  others  comment.....  My  current  stand(the  most  famous  wood  used  by  LFS)  was  made  of  very  low  quality  wood  which  might  break  if  hiorizontal  force  is  applied.  But  it  is  very  efficient  in  bearing  the  vertical  load  from  top.  
 I  modified  it  by  buying  some  thick  20mm  plywood  and  gave  support  on  all  three  sides  from  top  to  bottom(just  like  a  TV  stand).  If  you  know  a  carpenter,  its  best  to  ask  him  to  make  one  for  you.  Most  of  the  LFS  sell  low  quality  stuff  and  if  its  good,  it  sells  for  40-50k  which  is  quite  expensive.  IMO  teak  is  a  very  good  wood  for  bearing  weight.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions for a 5Ft aquarium stand Reply with quote

 Hi
 One  of  our  IAH  MEMBER  ruchit  has  posted  about  his  5ft.tank.  
 The  link  is  enclosed.   I  hope  this  may  help  You.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=29063
 
 All  the  Best.
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