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This is a discussion on My first Big tank!!! 108 gallon within the Tank Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; Okay guys I have jumped from mild fish keeping to sub extreme level fish keeping. Got myself a 110 gallon ...

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    Default My first Big tank!!! 108 gallon

    Okay guys I have jumped from mild fish keeping to sub extreme level fish keeping.

    Got myself a 110 gallon tank, Dimensions 60"x 18 and 1/4" x 24 and 3/4 "
    This tank was so heavy but some how got it into my basemen by myself with a modified dolly (placed a plywood underneath the tank when using dolly)

    Okay now i need help, what should my dimensions be and ....How do i make a Stand to hold ~1200 lbs? preferably 1500 lbs



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    No brasing?

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    Just build a stand out of two by fours. build two rectangles, the same size as the bottom of the tank...make sure they are perfectly square. cut six two by fours the exact same length and then screw them on the first rectangle as feet. Flip it over and screw the second rectangle to the opposite end of the feet. Now go back and place two by fours in between the top and bottom rectangle so the rectangles are supported by the vertical strength of the two by fours, do that each corner on all four sides and the two middle legs as well...put a floor in the bottom and some doors and viola...a simple very strong stand...one thirty six inch long hemlock/fir two by four will support over 2000 pounds before splitting...I am sure it will take the weight of a 110 gallon tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKD View Post
    No brasing?
    My 108 has no bracing either. I think they might only have it for 6 ft. tanks?

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    Now go back and place two by fours in between the top and bottom rectangle
    That is the tricky part for me and my not so accurate circular saw... probably best to get it cut at Rona.etc.

    Thank you for the help,

    Do I make my stand dimensions an extra 1 inch for deep and length? or is just preference once it's past the footprint of the tank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AWW View Post
    My 108 has no bracing either. I think they might only have it for 6 ft. tanks?
    My old 5" 108g and 6" 130g Hagen had no bracing, mind you thats the way they build them back ten fifteen years ago...

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    <Step 10 - add fish > =D

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    hmmmmm...i always thought step one was ask the wife!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefishtwofish View Post
    hmmmmm...i always thought step one was ask the wife!!!
    hahah very true for me.

    I have a use stand that fit your dimension, it is build out of a 4x4 not by me though, was gonna throw it away, if you don't mind some sanding and paint it then come by for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Whisper View Post
    That is the tricky part for me and my not so accurate circular saw... probably best to get it cut at Rona.etc.

    Thank you for the help,

    Do I make my stand dimensions an extra 1 inch for deep and length? or is just preference once it's past the footprint of the tank?
    Forget the circular saw, you will totally regret using it. If you can borrow a mitre saw, that would be best. They are super accurate and super fast. I was worried about inaccurate cuts when I built mine. Any inaccuracies usually end up getting you a wobbly stand. I made sure I cut all the equal length pieces exactly the same before I did assembly. Really helped keep things perfectly square when it came to assembly. Even rent a mitre saw for a day if you want....better than letting some guy who doesn't care cut your pieces for you at Rona or HD.

    You don't need to make the stand any bigger than the footprint of the tank. However, you are right, its all preference after that. Keep in mind that if you want to "skin" the tank later, it will add size too.

    Have fun with the build, its the best part of the project!

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