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Author Topic: Two separate stands to support a 40 gallon?  (Read 2276 times)
Stephanie
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« on: June 04, 2016, 09:37:17 PM »
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Hello!

I have a 40 gallon breeder tank, but no stand. I have 2 metal tables, each originally holding a flat glass pane but the glass has been removed. One of the tables is currently holding a 20 gallon tank. Could I push both tables together and have them support the 40 gallon, or is this a no-no?
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2016, 02:44:16 AM »
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You can if you put a plywood board across both of them....DO NOT sit a large tank across 2 separate stands if the are not perfectly level with each other and there is a completely flat half inch plywood board sitting across both of them...

Also make sure they will take the weight !!!!!
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Stephanie
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2016, 09:26:12 AM »
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Thank you for the advice! These tables were not intended to hold aquariums but one has done a fine job so far with my 20 gallon. If both tables are perfectly level and support all 4 corners evenly, do I still need the plywood?
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2016, 09:54:04 AM »
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I should probably mention that this is a 40 gallon breeder tank ands is going to house my red eared slider, so there won't be a full 40 gallons worth of water in the tank when it's fully set up.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2016, 10:22:33 AM »
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An empty 40 gallon breeder weighs about 58 lbs.  A gallon of water weighs about 8 and 3/4 lbs. So, if you have 10 gallons of water in there, that's about 84 lbs added to the 58.  Don't forget to weigh your rocks and anything else you will have in there. 

I would use the plywood to be on the safe side. It would be a shame to have the tables collapse and the aquarium break because of esthetics.   You could paint it so that it doesn't look like just a piece of wood.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2016, 10:26:10 AM »
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You really need to provide support around the entire bottom frame of a tank. Only a frameless tank benefits from a completely flat surface to sit on. When a tank has a frame and is put onto a flat surface, only the frame is actually supported, not the bottom glass itself.
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Stephanie
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2016, 12:49:40 PM »
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Interesting... Well thank you all for the advice. I am setting up the tank later today and I will update you all on hoe it goes.  kewl
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Stephanie
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2016, 12:20:16 AM »
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Well I'm back! I did some measuring and calculating,  then I put the tank on the two tables with no plywood. Almost all of the bottom frame is supported, though the tank and tables both rock slightly back and forth if you push on the front of the tank. Is this going to be a problem?
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2016, 04:53:59 AM »
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Absolutely its a problem...

Tanks need to be perfectly level on a totally flat surface and unmoveable...
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Stephanie
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2016, 12:15:02 PM »
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Alrighty, I'll tear it down and go get some plywood. Thank you all for your time!
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