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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:09 am Post subject: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

 hi  everyone,
 i  am  planning  on  making  a  stand  for  my  180  gallon  aquarium.  but  i  need  some  advice  from  you  people.  i  have  taken  the  tank  design  from  another  site.  so  i  will  post  the  picture  links  here.  i  would  be  using  white  wood  of  4x4  size  for  the  legs  and  3x3  for  the   upper  and  lower  frame.  can  i  use  2x2  for  the  struts  (bracing)  or  should  i  go  for  3x3  only.  is  this  design  good  to  last  me  a  long  time.  can  you  please  advice  me  on  how  i  could  strengthen  the  stand  more.
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 Nice  design,  Rameez.
 
 Looks  sturdy  enough.  I  would  suggest  4x4  for  the  legs  (8  nos)  and  2x4s  for  all  the  horizontal  bars.  A  3x3  will  be  a  misfit.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:23 am Post subject: Re: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  would  suggest  that.do  not  let  the  tanks  sit  inside  the  platform  instead  let  it  sit  on  top  of  a  ply  wood  and  let  the  tank  sit  on  top  of  it.
 
 the  reason  being  once  you  start  filling  the  tank  with  water  there  are  chances  that  the  water  pressure  will  expand  the  tank  a  little  and  if  the  gap  betwen  the  tank  and  the  edges  which  it  fits  in  is  small  there  are  chances  that  the  tank  might  break.
 
 regards,
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:05 am Post subject: Re: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi,
 
 I  would  suggest  that.do  not  let  the  tanks  sit  inside  the  platform  instead  let  it  sit  on  top  of  a  ply  wood  and  let  the  tank  sit  on  top  of  it.
 
 the  reason  being  once  you  start  filling  the  tank  with  water  there  are  chances  that  the  water  pressure  will  expand  the  tank  a  little  and  if  the  gap  betwen  the  tank  and  the  edges  which  it  fits  in  is  small  there  are  chances  that  the  tank  might  break.
 
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 Clive                

 
 Very  True,  apart  from  what's  mentioned  above  the  look  of  the  tank  is  much  better  when  its  placed  on  top  flat  rather  than  within  the  edges.  
 
 Also  coniser  the  height  of  the  stand  if  not  tanken  into  account  before,  this  will  make  tank  maintenance  much  easier  for  you.  A  tank  height  of  18  inches  should  be  the  best.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:21 am Post subject: Re: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

                                                   
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Nice  design,  Rameez.
 
 Looks  sturdy  enough.  I  would  suggest  4x4  for  the  legs  (8  nos)  and  2x4s  for  all  the  horizontal  bars.  A  3x3  will  be  a  misfit.                

 so  that  means  i  dont  need  to  go  for  3x3.thts  cool  then
 
 
                                                 
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Hi,
 
 I  would  suggest  that.do  not  let  the  tanks  sit  inside  the  platform  instead  let  it  sit  on  top  of  a  ply  wood  and  let  the  tank  sit  on  top  of  it.
 
 the  reason  being  once  you  start  filling  the  tank  with  water  there  are  chances  that  the  water  pressure  will  expand  the  tank  a  little  and  if  the  gap  betwen  the  tank  and  the  edges  which  it  fits  in  is  small  there  are  chances  that  the  tank  might  break.
 
 regards,
 
 Clive                

 thank  you  for  that  advice.  i  will  not  use  that  platform  then.  also  i  missed  a  small  piece  of  information.  for  the  top  surface  i  will  be  using  a  plywood  which  my  wood  dealer  told  me  is  specially  for  fish  tanks,  its  called  marine  plywood  and  is  18mm  thick.  will  that  be  fine
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:25 am Post subject: Re: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

 Clive[/quote]
 
 Very  True,  apart  from  what's  mentioned  above  the  look  of  the  tank  is  much  better  when  its  placed  on  top  flat  rather  than  within  the  edges.  
 
 Also  coniser  the  height  of  the  stand  if  not  tanken  into  account  before,  this  will  make  tank  maintenance  much  easier  for  you.  A  tank  height  of  18  inches  should  be  the  best.[/quote]
 i  am  planning  to  make  the  tank  stand  60  cm  high  (23.6")  and  my  fish  tank  will  also  be  of  the  same  height.  so  that  is  120cm  high  overall.  so  i  think  it  should  be  fine  as  far  as  maintenance  as  i  am  187cm  tall.  or  should  i  go  for  a  higher  tank  stand.  please  advice  me  on  that
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:03 pm Post subject: Re: 180 gallon stand Reply with quote

 HI,
 
 the  hight  of  the  tank  should  defnately  be  considered.
 
 the  reason  being  during  cleaning  the  tank  you  need  to  make  sure  that  your  hand  touches  the  bottom  glass  without  any  need  for  you  to  stretch  it.  this  is  for  a  tank  where  u  will  house  discus  and  also  for  a  planted  tank.  it  also  helps  in  a  planted  tank  since  you  will  add  new  plants  and  take  out  some  plants  as  and  when  you  feel.
 
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 Wood  is  expensive  in  india  when  compared  to  the  US,  I  have  seen  this  design  on  AC  if  i  am  not  mistaken.  Go  with  a  metal  stand  enclosed  in  a  wodden  cabinet.  This  WILL  BE  CHEAPER  than  a  pure  wodden  one  shown  in  the  diagram.
 
 Any  Ply  wood  is  fine,  give  it  a  coat  of  oil  paint  to  keep  it  moisture  free.  A  10mm  ply  sheet  with  a  sheet  of  thermacol  on  it  will  be  sufficient.
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Wood  is  expensive  in  india  when  compared  to  the  US,  I  have  seen  this  design  on  AC  if  i  am  not  mistaken.  Go  with  a  metal  stand  enclosed  in  a  wodden  cabinet.  This  WILL  BE  CHEAPER  than  a  pure  wodden  one  shown  in  the  diagram.
 
 Any  Ply  wood  is  fine,  give  it  a  coat  of  oil  paint  to  keep  it  moisture  free.  A  10mm  ply  sheet  with  a  sheet  of  thermacol  on  it  will  be  sufficient.                

 i  got  the  design  from  monster  fish  keepers.  i  live  in  dubai  so  people  don't  make  metal  stands  here  in  small  shops  like  the  carpenters.  so  wood  is  a  better  option  for  me.  so  i  dont  need  to  buy  a  18mm  thick  plywood.  so  buying  a  10  mm  one  mite  save  me  some  money  definitely.  thank  you.  will  keep  you  guys  posted
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 Oh  ok  I  did  not  notice  Smile   Since  it  is  a  wooden  stand  then  go  with  what  the  carpenters  say,  I  got  no  clue  about  the  sturdyness  and  type  of  wood  used.
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 will  it  be  ok  if  i  use  6  vertical  legs  instead  of  8..can  i  remove  one  pair  of  center  leg..please  help  me  on  this
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will  it  be  ok  if  i  use  6  vertical  legs  instead  of  8..can  i  remove  one  pair  of  center  leg..please  help  me  on  this
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 One  strong  pair  in  the  center  is  enough.
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will  it  be  ok  if  i  use  6  vertical  legs  instead  of  8..can  i  remove  one  pair  of  center  leg..please  help  me  on  this
 thank  you                

 One  strong  pair  in  the  center  is  enough.                

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 the  wood  i  ordered  has  arrived.  its  white  wood.  the  2x2  for  some  reason  looks  thinner.  i  am  not  so  sure  whether  its  sturdy  enough.i  think  i  will  post  pics  of  the  wood  so  that  you  guys  can  help  me  out.  i  am  a  little  worried  about  it
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 ok  i  just  realized  i  made  a  mistake.  i  had  to  get  2x4  but  instead  i  got  2x2.  oh  no.  will  this  be  fine  or  not?  please  help  me  on  this.
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