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07-18-2013, 05:58 AM #41
As to the dresser. Hmm.. stands you can buy are also made from rather thin particle board. Give it's shape I would say that if you shore it up by replacing the back (and yes, they had that thin stuff ever since the 1930s) you could safely handle a 29 but I wouldn't trust it for a 40.
07-18-2013, 01:35 PM #42
The only concern that I would have (after the back is re-enforced) is the front of the dresser. To me, that doesn't look like a lot of support for a lot of weight. I know you have a very heavy TV on there and up until now at least, it had been holding the weight. My concern would be that over time, the dresser may start to wrap due to the weight on it making it a un-even surface for your tank.
It might be worth a try, but you would have to keep a close eye on things
I'm not a big fan of using furniture as a tank stand. That comes with some risk IMO.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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07-18-2013, 02:04 PM #43
07-18-2013, 02:14 PM #44
Thanks guys for your input...
So, if i were to go to Petco and buy a stand for a 40 gallon (which I'm not going to do), what could I expect the construction of that to be?...to me, alot of them look just like small dressers themselves...they are heavily re-inforced to handle the weight, with solid wood?
The wife is not going to get rid of that piece, so I'm going to have to work around it, which is no big deal...and, the tank will most likely have to be parked in front of, or very close to, a window...we are in the midst of changing out the mini blinds throughout the house...the wife said the news ones are designed to block most light, but I'm skeptical
07-18-2013, 02:23 PM #45
It's not so much that they are heavily reinforced but they are correctly reinforced. They are specially designed to hold weight on top.
Two of my tanks are in front of my large window in the living room, I have no problem with algae. The window is covered with blinds and a flimsy "curtain" and the backs of the tank are covered with black poster board. The tanks are moderately planted and lightly stocked. Light is only one of the things algae needs to thrive, the other is nutrients. Keep the plant to fish ratio balanced (every tank is going to be different) and feed your fish lightly and you shouldn't have too much of an issue.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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07-18-2013, 02:36 PM #46
Good morning HB1, and thanks for clearing that up about the stands....and thanks for giving me a bit of confidence on the tank placement
I think I'm going to look into either finding a used stand, or building one of my own...
07-18-2013, 02:39 PM #47
How about having a look at warehouse equipment or something like that? Industrial shelving is designed to carry a lot of weight. Also check this:
07-18-2013, 02:49 PM #48
And thanks for the link, let me check it out...
In the meantime, I really like gronlaura's stands that she is working on, too: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...131&highlight=
07-18-2013, 02:50 PM #49
I have one of the tall expedit units at home, lying on its side and being used as a TV stand. Do you think it would be possible to modify assembly so you remove one of the shelves, and make space for the filter? I'm pretty sure the assembly can be modified (it would involve turning the shelf assembly by 90 degrees inside the frame, and them simply leaving one of the shelves out) to look like so:
The question is whether removing that shelf might compromise the structural integrity of the unit. I assume that the middle vertical divider helps carry the weight somewhat, and removing the shelf might allow it to bend sideways... what do you think?
EDIT: the reason I don't want to turn the entire unit on its side and leave a shelf out is to have the top shelf rest on top of the vertical supports. Turning the entire unit on its side would mean that the top shelf is resting inside the vertical supports instead of on top, and the weight of the tank woudl be supported only by the 4 screws used to put the frame together
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07-18-2013, 03:00 PM #50
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