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    Hello!

    I bought a tank and stand off somebody on kijiji for a great deal and they delivered it to me today. I admit I didn't check it out well beforehand because I saw the price and jumped on it. Now I have it and I'm noticing the stand - which appears to be made for a tv - is bowing ... I've attached pictures. Is this still okay to use, since the top board is still straight? Or should I not risk it?

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    I wouldn't, its (supposed to be) easy to build your own. Many here have done that, and I will be doing the same in the near future. Look under the DIY section, they will be a lot sturdier and more water resistant that anything you can buy as a stand. Its usually press-board.
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    Agreed^^ I think a stand like that is joined with screws. All the old microwave/TV stands tend to shimmy when any weight is applied. Best to use metal reinforcements or screws with glue and 2 × 4s as a frame. A 30g packs 300 pounds when filled, you will want a sturdy stand to support it.
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    +1 on the above comments. Not only is that stand already damaged, but a fish tank is considered a live load and any water moving back and forth in the tank could rip the screws right out of that particle board.

    You can build a solid 2 x 4 framed stand for your sized tank and then cover it with a cloth for less then $30. If you built one 32 inches tall you would need 5 2x4s a 100 pack of 2.5 inch wood screws and a small bottle of wood glue. If you live in the US Lowe's will even cut the boards for you for a small fee.

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    Thank you!

    I'm really not handy at all, and have no tools whatsoever, so the prospect of making something that's supposed to hold all that water is particularly daunting. Would a solid wood coffee table be any better?
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    What size tank is that?

    Store bought stands are fine, if you don't want to build one

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    It's a 29 gallon - 30 l x 14 w x 18 h. I'm just hoping to not spend a whole lot of money on a stand is all :(

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    cinder block stand, home depot can cut the top plywood piece for you. You can use a cloth cover to cover the cinder blocks

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    I've seen that but won't cinder blocks scratch the floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliek View Post
    I've seen that but won't cinder blocks scratch the floor?
    Get a small area rug to put down first.

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