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    So my husband built me a sofa table a few years ago, following this plan: http://www.takethesidestreet.com/201...-download.html

    I would really like to put my 30g on top of it, but I'm a little worried the table won't be able to handle the weight. I've asked my husband if he would put some wood braces undereath, but he said "it will be fine". I have a feeling he just doesn't want to take the time to do it. I on the other hand would like some piece of mind that the table won't bow under the weight. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fish tanks, that's how I feel. If the table bows and the tank cracks we are going to have a hunge mess on our hands.

    Just wanted to see what you guys thought.
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    A filled 30 gallon tank, water only, not including substrate, deco, etc, weighs almost 350 pounds
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    if two people can sit on the table with no concern and the table was built sturdy I'd think you'd be ok

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    Wow! 350 pounds, to me, seems like too much weight for that table. Just not sure how to convince my husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triton View Post
    if two people can sit on the table with no concern and the table was built sturdy I'd think you'd be ok
    Hmm, I'm sure it could withstand the weight for a short period of time. Over the long haul, I'm just a little skeptical. As I type that I'm picturing my tv stand. When I we first bought it everthing looked perfectly level. 3 years later there's a definite sag in the middle. I'm worried that's what would happen to the table if I put the tank on it.
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    well if the 30g tank rests over the legs of the stand it won't sag, but if its in the middle with nothing supporting the load it would

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triton View Post
    well if the 30g tank rests over the legs of the stand it won't sag, but if its in the middle with nothing supporting the load it would
    The table top measures 65"x15", so the tank definitely wouldn't sit directly over the feet. If sad in the middle, it would be pretty far from the legs on all four sides. You might not be able to tell from the picture, but there are no legs supporting the middle of the table. Also note that it is constructed out of 3/4" MDF and 1x2 & 1x3 boards.
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    Unfortunately, I would say no to the table as an aquarium stand, it's a 5 ft table, with a 3 ft tank. The tank perimeter is what needs to be supported (the black bottom frame) and there is not adequate support to do that. There is no support from the top to the floor in the middle, nor around the perimeter and the table will bow under the weight. After building my own stands and seeing how they support my tanks, I would be very worried putting 350 lbs anywhere on your sofa table. I'm sure it's a beautiful table, but it's not designed to hold an aquarium.
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    Yea with the type of wood it is, and no center bracing it would eventually bow and cause major problems

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    thanks everyone! this is exactly the type of feedback i was looking for.
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