Two Piece 125 Stand

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Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby MonarchzMan » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:46 pm

A friend of mine got a great deal on a 125 ($50!). At the moment, it is sitting in her apartment waiting to be filled. She is going to put her catfish (Channel/Blue hybrids from her research) in the tank. She wants to make a stand for it, and I've volunteered to help. There are a few hesitations, however, on jumping into making a stand. First, she is on the second floor. I don't imagine that should be an issue with weight since it seems like everything I've read about current structure of housing to be able to withstand the weight of a 125. I don't think that she lives in an older complex.

The big question, however, is whether to make the stand one or two pieces. She is done with her schooling at the end of the year, so things are going to be moved then, and I was thinking, to make life easier, it would be nice to have the stand in two pieces (essentially have two 2' cabinets with 2' of space in the middle of the tank). I was thinking of connecting the two with a shelf in between for equipment or decor or something, but a shelf that is just sitting on pegs. Structurally, I think this should be just as sound as having a one-piece stand. The two piece stand would have four main braces for each stand (2x4s? or 4x4s?), so 8 braces distributing the weight of the tank. Would this work? I tried doing a google search for such a stand, but came up with nothing. Would there be issue with the center 2 feet being unsupported? Should I run two six foot 2x4s between cabinets for the tank to sit on? Thoughts?
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Re: Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:35 pm

I'm pretty sure you need to support the center, that's a lot of weight.
I'd at least have something on top of the 2 outside support cabinets with the same footprint as the tank an inch thick or so.
Here's a link that been passed around here before, hope it helps.
http://www.garf.org/tank/buildstand.asp

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Re: Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby WickedLESTOR » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:51 pm

it can be done and I dont think you would have any issues with support. To simplify, basically make 2 identical halves and join in the middle, my 180g stand which i made, there is no centre brace. With the stand you plan on building your measuremnets will need to be exact so the 2 halves are level with each other. All the stands I have made are made from doubled up 2x 4 for the support legs.

I have plans some where that i will dig up and give you.

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here is a pic of my 180g stand, no centre brace.

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Re: Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby plowkill » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:23 pm

Thats a really good deal on a tank! Ive been searching now for a few months for a 125 or larger but everything I find the people want 1,000 or more dollars for it because it comes with the fish and a stand that looks like its been soaked in water and left out to rot. What condition was the tank in, did it come with a top?

Anyway as to the stand, take pics of whatever you build because Im planning on building my next one and could use the ideas. Im thinking of using metal though and welding it together (Give me a reason to buy some new tools :D )

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Re: Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby MonarchzMan » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:57 pm

Tom wrote:I'm pretty sure you need to support the center, that's a lot of weight.
I'd at least have something on top of the 2 outside support cabinets with the same footprint as the tank an inch thick or so.
Here's a link that been passed around here before, hope it helps.
http://www.garf.org/tank/buildstand.asp

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Thanks! That is a great resource. I'm going to have to keep that in mind. But, that said, I put in the dimensions of a 125, and it has the frame as eight 2x4s, so structurally, it seems like there is "important" structurally about the central space.

Plowkill, no top aside from a couple pieces of glass that will partially cover the top. I'll see about posting photos whenever it happens.
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Re: Two Piece 125 Stand

Postby Lilly » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:31 pm

WL,

That stand is awesome! Can you post the plans please? Are you a carpenter :?: More pics please :)
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