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    alexwbush

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    Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by alexwbush on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:23 am

    I bought a 75 gallon (36"x24"x20") with a 36"x20"x30" stand. The stand is a pretty solid wooden build, but I think it is too low. You have to sit down or really bend over to look at the front. I was thinking about adding four to six 4-6" legs.

    Maybe something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202528840/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=leg&storeId=10051#.UBdjKrSe7d0

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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by MxReEfEr92 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:48 am

    Ash is a very strong wood, That said you may need more support underneath the stand you would definitely need to add at least 6.


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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by alexwbush on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:52 am

    yeah, I was thinking 6. If I calculate correctly... 75gal display + 30gal display = 850ish lbs
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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by MxReEfEr92 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:09 am

    maybe load test them first if one will hold over 280lbs you should be more than fine. How I got this was double the expected weight:
    850x2=1700 1700÷6=283.33333

    So in theory if the each will hold at least 283.3 lbs you should be more than fine.


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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by alexwbush on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:11 am

    if only there was an easy way to test that
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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by MxReEfEr92 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:35 am

    take it to the gym with you and just start stacking weights on it haha I dont know


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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by alexwbush on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:36 am

    I am fairly certain the leg will hold that much weight
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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by MxReEfEr92 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:38 am

    Then you should be good


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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by dwolson2 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:37 am

    I wouldn't be as worried about the weight on the wood as I would the joint that holds the wood in place. if you bump up against it will it handle the bump or will the legs break off from the weight?


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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by Crusty Old Shellback on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:28 pm

    Is the inside of the stand built well enough to hold the sump or whatever is inside the stand?

    What about building a "box" to set the stand on?

    The legs should hold, three across the front and three across the back. If you are going to set something inside of the stand, like a sump, you may want to put one leg in the center too.
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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by sisterlimonpot on Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:57 pm

    Agreed, I would build a torsion box that is 6" tall, that way you will have full support under the stand.


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    bracing

    Post by joflo on Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:08 am

    Cross brace w/ diagonals between legs.
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    Re: Adding legs to an aquarium stand

    Post by alexwbush on Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:33 am

    I thought about building a box, but then I said... how great would it be to be able to get under the stand if I needed to (if water dripped or leaked... it wouldn't be stuck between the stand and the floor).

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