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Aquarium Stands #1: 220 Gallon Tank Stand.

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 11-26-2013 01:23 AM 1824 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As with any good project, it’s best to begin with a idea and a pile of lumber. In this case I had both.

Now the tank that is going on this stand is 220 gallons. That’s a lot of weight. I always try to over build when I can, so I went with a 2×6 upper platform and a 2×4 lower on.

Now, the important part of these stands are the legs. They will be holding a lot of weight. You also don’t want the weight coming down in one point. You want to spread it as much as possible. The legs are a 3 piece design made of 2×4s. I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t get a lot of pictures, but I will on the next one so I can explain it better, but it’s pretty straight forward.

These final pictures show the completed stand. It will be going into a fish room so my client decided to leave it without the pretty facade. Being a child of the 80’s and growing up with cargo furniture(if that’s what they called all that 2×6 furniture back then), I rather like the raw look.


I will be delivering this stand on Friday and will add some pictures of the stand and tank together then. Thanks for taking a look, and I’ll have some boxes to post before long.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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dahenley

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 01:44 AM

i hope the wood you used has a super low moisture content. i have seen a lot of tank stands build from dimensional lumber and seen some cracked tanks from the lumber drying or warping and causing stress on the bottom of tanks. (seen bottom glass and glass panels break)

i can’t wait for more pictures of it setup.

-- David Henley

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JoeyG

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 01:51 AM

That’s why I don’t use treated lumber, it’s not stable enough.

Here’s the link to the one I did for my 125 gallon tank that now has a 90 gallon under it.

http://lumberjocks.com/JoeyG/blog/series/5658

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 01:57 AM

That looks like it should be able to hold the weight. Gonna be about a ton when everything gets in place!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 02:02 AM

Yeah, with substrate and equipment, probably over a ton. I think the floor would give way before the stand does. Luckily it’s going on a concrete slab.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 02:03 AM

That is one stout stand. It’s gonna have over 1800 lbs in water weight alone plus the stand. I believe you did a great job on this. Can hardly wait to see the tank on it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 02:05 AM

I’ll post pics up over the weekend. How have you been? It’s been a good while since I’ve been in the shop or on Lj’s for more than just a few minutes. Spent the last week working on some box designs and Saturday building this.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 02:07 AM

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 02:13 AM

Nice work. Your build has the look of a cabinet man to it. I still need to finish up the 125 stand in my dining room and I am about to begin work on a enclosed cherry stand/hood for a 55 corner diamond tank that will be a gift for my wife.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 02:21 AM

I am no professional thats for sure!
but college gets boring and some times i need a break from the books so the wood and aquariums keep my spirits up.

-- David Henley

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 02:22 AM

I hear you. I am a stay at home father now. After running a cabinet shop for about 15 years I had to find something to keep me from pulling my hair out. So now I build boxes and breed angelfish. Keeps me sane.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 02:23 AM

If you are on facebook come check out my angels.

https://www.facebook.com/angelfishworks

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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dahenley

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 02:28 AM

i bred clownfish a year or 2 ago… it was an amazing experience, but it is a lot of work.
had to give that one up. too much time for my schedule

-- David Henley

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JoeyG

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 02:29 AM

I have a friend that breeds them. It is a lot of work. If I didn’t work from home I wouldn’t be able to do it.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#14 posted 11-26-2013 04:48 AM

Looks very sturdy. Lots of weight from that big of tank.

Keep us posted.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 11-26-2013 09:38 AM

Good work. Better over built than under built.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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