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Old 03-30-2011, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm setting up a 40 gallon breeder on a cinder block stand (4 blocks with 1/2" plywood which is 2x4 in size). I saw a thread on the plantedtank where a member had a 75 gallon just on top of 4 blocks with no center bracing and no wood. So I was thinking what I have would be enough but I'm having doubts now. Should I get another sheet of plywood or get 2 more blocks to go in the center?
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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better safe than sorry! do you really want 40 gallons on the floor and a broken tank? i'd support the tank under the total surface area of the bottom, even them some.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tanks are designed to have full rigid support of the base for maximum strength.
Have people doneless, yes and thats why shop vacs are designed to suck up water.
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No, no I definitely don't want a broken tank. 'Tank failure' is the most frightening phrase for a fish keeper.

So both more plywood and cinder blocks supporting the middle then. I would make a stand if I had the cash.
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i had the bottom glass panels of my 30gal separate the morning i left for college my freshman year. it sucked to have 30 gallons leak into the basement. about 3/4 of my fish survived though. if I ever get a bigger tank I'm stickin with acrylic
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Yikes! I would have panicked in that situation, trying to pick up all the fish. What caused it to separate if you don't mind me asking? Was it an old tank?
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yeah its an older tank. separated in 2003, the tank has been around since at least the early 90's. the silicon sealant just gave out
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I have an old 20 high that i'm afraid to fill for that reason. It sits idly in my basement waiting to be a terrarium.
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As long as you have solid support all the way around the perimeter of the tank it should be ok, there's plenty of stands that have hollow centers.

I've done the cinder block thing before, and it works, but it's definitely not ideal, and unsightly lol. To help avoid mopping up tons of water, just spend a few bucks and make a stand, you can even use cheap 1x3s if you have it all braced properly.
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Right now its 2'x4' plywood (1/2" thick) first, 2'x3' wooden plank (1" thick), and then the 4 cinder blocks (holes facing up). It's level and can support 430 lbs of person without bowing or creaking so far. lol

It's not a looker for sure but I did paint it black to mitigate the oogliness. It definitely won't be like the beauties in the tank journal area.

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