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Advice needed on 3 tier Aquarium stand
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Cyradia
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Joined: 06 Feb 2003
Location: Winston-Salem, NC

PostPosted: 2004.03.05(Fri)12:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

The issue for me when I was designing my tank dimensions for my 55 and 75's in my fish rooms was heigth. You need enough space between the top of the tank and the bottom of the next shelf such that you can work in the tank, do water changes, and have lighting. It was very difficult to get this needed number of inches, times three, to be a reasonable heigth. At 5'10" I don't want a tank that's bottom starts any higher than 5' because I want to be able to see the bottom of the tank for the fish activies and be able to feed without getting a ladder.


Also, if you're not on teh ground floor on a concrete slab...consider weight VERY carefully. By stacking, you're making a gigantic weight on only a very little space.
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SOMEthinsFISHY
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Joined: 05 May 2004
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PostPosted: 2004.05.06(Thu)16:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the sams 4 foot shelves in my fish room and have 4 20,s and 2 15s on the whole stand thus 8 tanks in an 8 foot run I will try to do a photo for you stands are 90 dols do not use the wheels ! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2005.02.10(Thu)20:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Home Depot has a 5 shelf unit that is rated for over 800 lbs per shelf
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PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)20:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just build it out of 4x4 and 2x4 pressurized wood. I know your thinking wood, its not strong enough, build it right and it will be. after all think of everything "around your house" thats a piece of wood
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anonapersona
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Joined: 06 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: 2005.02.15(Tue)12:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just noticed a couple of stands at Sam's for $60 and $109, smaller is a gorilla stand that has 18" deep shelves, the larger had 24" shelves, Weight limit was high, maybe 1300 for the larger one. Adjustable shelves, fiberboard shelving could be waterproofed.
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DrEmmerich
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PostPosted: 2005.02.15(Tue)19:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work in a machine/welding shop and would suggest getting a custom shelf made of steel. Find a local machine/welding shop and they could easily make it to your exact specs, and it would be incredibly strong. No fear at all of it breaking on you and being made of steel it won't be harmed by water if a quick coat of paint is thrown on. It may cost you a bit but it would be worth it when you consider how much losing your tanks and fish might be due to the shelf failing.
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