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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:28 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 If  I  reduce  the  stand  height  to  2  feet  and  put  2  more  support  widthwise  on  top.....  do  I  have  to  put  the  extra  legs  even  after  that??
 
 Actually  I  want  to  cover  this  tank  with  Plywood  later  so  I  can  make  a  wardrobe  to  keep  Filter  and  other  accesorries  inside.  So  trying  to  avoid  the  extra  legs  inbetween.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 I  would  add  the  two  legs  regardless  of  the  height  of  the  stand.  Sagging  of  just  a  few  mm  will  crack  the  glass.  At  12  mm  your  glass  is  quite  thick.
 
 You  can  still  incorporate  a  cabinet  with  the  legs  in  the  middle  but  you  will  have  to  pay  more  as  workman's  charges.  In  addition  it  is  best  to  get  it  done  now  rather  than  later  -  too  much  of  a  hassle  to  do  later.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Hey  Tirthankar,
 I  just  made  a  stand  for  my  54''x22''x22''.  I  used  a  1.5  inch  L  angle  and  it  worked  like  a  charm,  however  instead  of  putting  the  support  bars  lengthwise,  I  got  them  made  across.  
 I  reckon  a  1.5  inch  stand  should  easily  take  more  than  a  ton  of  weight.  Six  legs  isn't  a  bad  idea  at  all,  though  I  went  with  4.  
 All  the  best  with  your  design.
 
 @any  of  the  engineers  out  there,  once  you  put  down  a  plank  of  plywood  and  thermacol  (styrofoam)  on  the  top  of  the  stand  before  the  tank  is  placed,  Doesn't  the  weight  distribute  evenly?  I'm  curious  here  because  Deepesh's  comment  about  glass  cracking  with  a  few  mm  of  give  in  the  middle  scared  me  a  little
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:18 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Amaey,
    It  can  very  much  especially  when  you  are  cleaning  when  you  apply  pressure  on  the  front  glass  to  clean  it  there  are  more  chances  of  it  to  sag  and  can  hence  crack  the  glass.  This  worsens  if  the  height  of  the  stand  is  >  1-1.5  feet.
 
   Note  that  Equalibrium  of  the  system  is  the  key  than  the  distribution  of  load.  The  moment  that  shifts  to  either  side,  You  would  hear  sound  of  breaking  glass.
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:01 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  friends  to  help  me  out  .  As  you  said,  I  am  going  with  6  legs  instead  of  4.  And  will  be  using  40mmx40mmx4mm(Thickness)  L  bims  and  keeping  the  height  2.5  feet.  Take  a  look  at  my  final  design  below.  Waiting  for  your  review.  Smile
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:59 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Your  design  looks  good.
 
 pls.  go  ahead.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:31 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Tirthankar,
 
 The  height  of  30  inches  for  the  stand  and  24  inches  for  your  tank,  will  make  it  a  total  of  54  inches.  This  is  4  and  a  half  feet,  and  please  do  think  of  how  you  will  reach  the  bottom  of  the  tank,  if  you  need  to  plant,  pull  out  or  trim  a  plant.  I  have  always  been  extra  careful  working  with  tall  tanks,  and  have  always  ended  up  dropping  something  inside,  that  cannot  be  left  inside.  
 
 My  suggestion  would  be  a  low  stand,  thats  really  easy  and  comfortable  to  work  with!  A  stand  of  9  inches  or  12  inches  would  be  great  for  this  size  tank.  Imagine  how  easily  [comparatively/relatively],  you  could  plant  a  new  plant  in  the  opposite  corner,  I  mean  the  background  plants!
 
 Think  about  cleaning  the  glass.  Especially  the  inside  of  the  back  glass!  You  have  a  lot  of  advantages  if  you  have  a  low  planted  setup.  If  its  an  open  tank,  you  get  an  amazing  bonus  view,  from  the  top.
 
 Thats  just  my  opinion,  based  on  hands  on  experience!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:35 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Tirthankar,  
 If  you  are  going  to  lower  the  height  of  your  stand,  remember  that  you  are  incorporating  everything  under  the  tank  -  filter  etc  so  if  you  have  a  canister  filter,  make  room  for  height  of  the  filter  +more  for  the  tubes.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:58 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Hey  Tirtha,  
 
 congrats  for  upgrading  Â Clapping  waiting  to  see  it  coming  up.
 
 well  even  I  went  in  for  4'  length  with  6  legs  stand.  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:42 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Nytyn,  thats  for  the  point.  But  for  me  it's  not  possible  to  keep  the  height  less  than  2  feet.  That  means  Total  Height  4  feet.  I  know  it  will  be  bit  problamatic  while  maintaining  the  tank  but  have  to  manage  somehow.
 
 Amaey,  I  think  if  I  will  keep  the  height  2  feet,  I  will  be  able  to  accomodate  everything  under  the  stand.
 
 Arul......  thanks  ....  But  a  long  way  to  go....  it  will  involve  lots  of  money  to  complete  the  setup...  so  going  really  slow.  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:44 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Thanks  friends  for  your  kind  inputs.  Finally  I  got  my  stand  ready  as  per  the  last  design.
 
 Specs:
 Iron  LBim  (40x40x4)
 
 51"Lx25"Wx24"H
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:15 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 That  looks  like  a  really  sturdy  stand  especially  with  the  supports  legthwise  and  breadthwise.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:15 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Hi  Tirthakankar,
 
 The  stand  is  pretty  sturdy  looking.  Get  it  buffed  and  powder  coated  if  possible.  If  not,  get  some  matt-finish  black  paint.  It  will  certainly  look  great.
 
 On  a  side  note,  I  made  a  wooden  stand  with  6  legs  of  3"  thickness  for  a  5.5'  tank.  The  height  of  the  stand  is  2'  and  the  tank  height  is  1.75'.  This  is  exactly  convenient  for  me  as  I  have  a  good  reach.  I  am  6'2".  So  I  guess,  you  will  find  it  a  bit  problematic  while  cleaning  your  tank.  Make  sure  whatever  you  put  in  is  going  to  be  easy  to  maintain.
 
 Congrats  on  the  new  tank  and  stand  and  all  the  best.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:31 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Thanks  Deepesh  and  Suraj.  
 
 @Suraj:  what  do  you  mean  by  
 
                                                 
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 Please  put  some  lights.  As  of  now  I  have  planned  for  very  dark  mat  finish  Blue  color  for  the  stand.  First  will  put  iron  primar  then  the  color.  Height  of  the  stand  wont  be  a  big  problem  for  me..  as  am  a  6  feeter  guy.  Smile  Today  I  tried  to  put  my  hands  at  bottom  and  getting  a  easy  reach.  Smile
 
 And  congrats  for  the  satnd.  What  is  the  thickness  of  the  stands?  And  is  there  any  Rack  in  between?  It  will  be  helpfull  to  give  you  extra  support.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:12 pm Post subject: Re: Confusion Regarding Aquarium Stand Reply with quote

 Tirthankarji  what  are  you  going  to  do  for  a  hood?  I  assume  you  are  using  a  suspendable  kind  of  a  hood,  and  what  about  the  lighting?  Just  curious.
 
 By  the  way,  stand  looks  good  as  everybody  said,  looking  forward  to  a   Cheering  tank!
 
 Also,  good  thinking  of  not  keeping  any  support  glass  width-wise  in  the  middle!
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