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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Joey, great video on the canopy, even if you did have some audio troubles.I may have to consider making one like this for my little project, only time will tell.
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    DIY aquarium stand

    Awesome video.


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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Route of the problem with the audio = Dead batteries in the mic... im such a newbie Click here to enlarge
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by UaruJoey
    Route of the problem with the audio = Dead batteries in the mic... im such a newbie Click here to enlarge
    N00B Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge

    I havn't seen it yet, but I am sure it is not that bad.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Yeah, but you're still our hero, Joey. Click here to enlarge
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    i have 2 question i am building a 6ft stand for a plexi glass tank
    1) do i need one or two braces for the middle
    2)do i need a piece of cardboard or Styrofoam for the top of the stand

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by issaicb
    i have 2 question i am building a 6ft stand for a plexi glass tank
    1) do i need one or two braces for the middle
    2)do i need a piece of cardboard or Styrofoam for the top of the stand

    1= Yes, one brace for the front and back middle.

    2 = yes. A sheet of plywood, then styrofoam. Build it just like i did in the video, but add in the extra brace like i mentioned above.
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    DIY aquarium stand

    What kind of styrofoam do you recommend for an acrylic tank. Are we talking the stuff you would use for a DIY background or something softer like a foam mattress cover.


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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    thanks joey

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sboisvert
    What kind of styrofoam do you recommend for an acrylic tank. Are we talking the stuff you would use for a DIY background or something softer like a foam mattress cover.


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    Same stuff as the background styrofoam. Just the white styfrofoam is fine.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kellray
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    Agreed.

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    great video, Joey.

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Hey UaruJoey,

    Thank you for the vid on stand.

    Sound quality is not that bad.

    I am always looking forward to seeing your DIY Projects.

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    I have already made a stand for my 55g. I used 2by6 and nails. I noticed you didn't. Why is there a difference and should I be worried??? Click here to enlarge

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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ivorylace
    I have already made a stand for my 55g. I used 2by6 and nails. I noticed you didn't. Why is there a difference and should I be worried??? Click here to enlarge
    Honestly, yes.

    While 2x6's are very strong, nails are not meant for this application. Based on the fact that an aquarium is considered a live weight, screws are definitely needed.

    So while your stand probably wont fail, there is still a much higher chance of something happening, rather than if you would have used screws.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Just add some screws for insurance!
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    The screws hold better due to the way the have threads that hold them in place where a nail is smooth and with enough weight can work themselves loose. That is the reason screws are preferable over nails.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by megaphoenix
    The screws hold better due to the way the have threads that hold them in place where a nail is smooth and with enough weight can work themselves loose. That is the reason screws are preferable over nails.

    I'm going to have to disagree with you here. Nails most deffently have situations were they are perfered. Any time you have a "shear" type hold between two items, a nail is going to be stronger over a screw. If you look at the amount of metal on the treaded part of a screw that actully holds a shear load, it's much thinner than a nail.
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    That is true but I was not refering to the strength of the two but rather the holding power of the two. I do not know about you but I have never seen a screw start coming out of anything unless the integrity of the two pieces come apart. You are correct in the physical strength of nails as they often will bend far beyond what a screw is capable of, but with an aquarium stand, I would rather put my faith in a screw holding than a nail.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by megaphoenix
    That is true but I was not refering to the strength of the two but rather the holding power of the two. I do not know about you but I have never seen a screw start coming out of anything unless the integrity of the two pieces come apart. You are correct in the physical strength of nails as they often will bend far beyond what a screw is capable of, but with an aquarium stand, I would rather put my faith in a screw holding than a nail.

    Well, of course in the realm of what we are doing, the screw isn't really holding the weight, the upper frame is sitting directly on the support. If you don't put that shorter stub of a leg in there, all the weight would be supported by the screws.... Not a good idea. lol
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Exactly and I believe a screw holds a little tighter over a period of time. I should have said that before, but I didn't. Sorry.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Come on mega, get it together! Click here to enlarge


    Myself, I used screws and tightbond III. between the two, nothing is going to come apart. (tightbond III is geared for places that will have moisture issues)
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Hahahahaha yeah I need to. Personally I used Gorilla glue and screws for both of mine. I am finishing up the second but somehow I ended up being one board short to completion. Click here to enlarge
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Here is my stand that I've built. I was testing to see if my filter stuff would fit...it's a little tight. I can't open the bottom drawer all the way, is that going to give me problems?
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    that should work nicely u cant beat wet dry trickle systems for nitrate reducing, and great work on the stand kellray Click here to enlarge
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    What filtering media are you going to use in the bottom drawer? Most medias may need to be replaced about every six months or longer or in the least washed out a little. I don't forsee you having too many issues, just a tight space with which to work when the time comes.

    BTW, where is your mechanical filtering media?
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    I don't have everything I need yet, but if I just keep the mechanical filter in the top I shouldn't have to worry about the drawer for biological filtering.
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    Re: DIY aquarium stand

    Fair enough and true.
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