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I'm thinking about building my own stand to house a 26G flat back hex tank. Nothing fancy, just a 2x4 frame with a sheet of plywood on top. Probably painted white to match the decor in the room. Just curious, what is your preferred website for building plans? I've seen a few different ones that let you input desired final dimensions and it gives you a list of the materials and cuts. Just seems like some of the designs out there are a bit flimsy.
 

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I'm not aware of any websites that give a cut list - but I would love to check out the ones you are talking about. It would be a huge time saver!!!

I just use the old fashioned pen & paper method. I'll jot down all of the rough measurements and then meditate on how to minimize the # of cuts required to minimize waste, then draw it out on a sheet of paper.
 

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It's not that hard, measure your tank and add 1" or so to the length your stand needs to be, for the width measure your tank + whatever distance you need from the wall...the rest as far as the height and what not is up to you and what you want to store inside the stand.

a 2x4 is fine to span up to 4' in length (with support at each corner down to the floor) once you exceed that you should put a support down to the floor in the middle. I have made several stands just out of 2x4, they are inexpensive to make, and in fact, you can source a lot of the material from free pallets - even enough to make doors for the front, etc. Of course, I may think its easy cause I was/am carpenter by trade.
 

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I've made a stand for my 180 just 2x4 and I use 4x4 in the corners and middle little overkill but worked great.... I say worked cuz the whole backside of the 180 cracked down the backside of it
 

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I make my own from scratch, you might say. But then, I'm a carpenter...I start off with making a box out of 3/4" plywood. Then reinforce a little with ripped down 2x4, no sense going overkill. Remember, some people just put tanks on top of basic cabinets, noth'n much to those!

After I've cut out the doors, I cover the entire thing with rustic, old barn board. then add a matching canopy cover. My tank I just set up, I made little corner moldings of barn board to cover the ugly glass corners and silicone. Noth'n but wood and glass.

Watch for my tank set up thread soon.
 
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