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Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:43 pm Post subject: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 Can  anyone  who  uses  multi-level  (3  to  4  level)  aquarium  stands  let  me  know  if  slotted  angle  stands/shelves  are  suitable?  Are  there  any  precautions  I  need  to  take  if  making  this  type  of  stand?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:39 am Post subject: Re: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi  Simha,
 In  my  opinion  dont  use  a  slotted  angle  stand,  they  swing  if  if  they  are  bolted  without  angles.  they  tend  to  bend  concave  on  the  surface  due  to  weight,  because  there  are  no  support  bars  under  the  surface,  even  if  you  have  a  quality  stand  like  godreg.  They  can  take  the  weight  to  some  extent,  if  u  place  a  thick  plywood  along  with  Styrofoam  under  it,  only  if  u  buy  a  quality  slotted  angle  stand,  it  will  be  just  a  bit  less  than  normal  stands  .   Best  is  to  use  heavy  gauge  stands  with  supports,  you  can  order  them(in  special  case  with  3-4  levels)  at  most  of  fishstores.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:24 am Post subject: Re: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 In  a  single  word  'NO'.
 
 To  put  it  more  elaborately,  note  that  slotted  angles  are  made  with  the  idea  to  keep  and  store  stuff  on  a  volume  basis,  not  weight.  Just  imagine  a  2x1x1  tank  will  weigh  around  50  kgs  or  more.  The  base  is  not  made  to  withstand  that  kind  of  load  and  will  buckle.  And  you  are  talking  of  multiple  tanks.  Also,  the  slots  may  not  be  100%  flat  allowing  for  uneven  weight  distribution.  
 
 My  suggestion  would  be  to  go  in  for  L  angles  with  5mm  thickness,  same  as  what  I  am  using  and  make  frames  according  to  the  tank  size.  I  have  a  4'6"  tall  stand,  with  3  tanks  of  4x1.5x1.5  each.  The  bottom  tank  is  6"  off  the  ground,  the  next  tank  is  about  7-8"  above  it,  while  the  tank  on  top  is  at  4'6"  level.
 
 The  legs  are  1.5"  with  5mm  thickness,  the  base  rectangular  frame  is  made  of  the  same  L'  angle  of  the  same  thickness  with  two  straight  bars  added  for  additional  support.
 
 You  can  get  it  done  with  any  workshop  handling  grill  and  frame  works.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:03 pm Post subject: Re: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Not  that  I  disagree  with  what  has  been  posted  above.  I'm  just  stating  my  experience  here.  Smile
 
 I  used  slotted  angle  to  build  two  racks  with  three  levels  each.
 One  rack  is  4  feet  long.  The  other  is  5  feet  long.  Both  are  15"  wide.  The  5  foot  one  has  an  additional  pair  of  legs  in  the  center  .  It  also  has  the  lower  level  empty  because  I  have  another  iron  frame  stand  at  the  bottom  of  this  stand  with  two  2  footers   on  it.
 
 Each  joint  is  made  with  Triangle  plates(locally  known  as  "kona").  Each  plate  is  attached  to  the  two  angles  it  joins  by  three  bolts.
 
 Each  level  has  a  marine  ply  board  and  thermocol  on  top.
 
 The  four  foot  stand  is  currently  holding  5  nos  of  1  foot  tanks  +  a  2'  tank  +  a  1.5'  tank.  At  its  peak,  it  was  holding  nine  one  footers.
 
 The  five  footer  holds  two  2'  tanks  +  five  1'  tanks.  At  its  peak  it  was  holding  ten  1  foot  tanks  plus  one  two  footer.
 
 Haven't  noticed  any  buckling/bending  for  the  last  one  year  that  it  has  been  up  and  believe  me  I  do  check.  Iw  as  terrified  for  the  first  few  months  and  checked  it  everyday.  Very Happy
 
 If  I  were  to  set  up  a  rack  for  holding  small  tanks,  slotted  angle  would  be  my  choice  due  to  the  design  flexibility  and  modifications  possible.
 Ease  of  setup  -  it  took  me  just  about  half  a  day  to  get  the  angles  cut  and  bolted  together.
 
 I  didn't  go  with  welded  iron  angle  because  it  is  not  easily  readjustable  and  I  can't  DIY  it  Very Happy
 
 How  safe  is  it?  -  I  don't  know.  I  had  asked  the  question  before  I  did  it  but  got  no  conclusive  reply.  Its  working  for  me  now...
 
 HTH  in  making  your  decision.
 
 Regards,
 Venkat
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:46 pm Post subject: Re: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 Some  very  useful  insights  there....thanks  guys!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:09 pm Post subject: Re: Using slotted angle stand to hold medium sized aquariums Reply with quote

 You  will  get  thicker  gauge  slotted  angle.  Anything  of  over  3  mm  thickness  will  work  for  quiet  sometime.  Use  M10  bolts  everywhere.  And  the  Triangular  reinforcement  vkv  mentioned  at  each  corner.
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