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    DIYFK member Guy's Avatar


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    Advice needed

    I have the rough stand for a 75 gallon built. I placed it temporarily where it will go to visualise the finished setup and discovered that I have a gap in places, enough to slide a sheet of paper through, but not much more. I want to know if I add a thin plywood top and a thin sheet of foam would this be wise? It seems to me that this isn't a huge issue, but maybe it is. Is this gap enough to cause a breaking glass or leaking issue?
    EDIT: no idea why that photo is upside down
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    With a trimmed tank as show it will compress and take up that gap, no worries if it's only paper thin...

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Meep Click here to enlarge
    With a trimmed tank as show it will compress and take up that gap, no worries if it's only paper thin...
    Thank you!

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    Hey Guy,
    I have pretty well built the exact frame that you have, (I copied joeys vid) and have got to say that your tolerances are much better than mine. Bloody hard to get a level service in my shed/man cave to start off. Anyways, to be on the safe side, I used (Joey's suggestion) those foam tiles that notch together, approx. 450mm x 450mm x 15mm. Pretty sure they will take up any slack due to my ineptitudes as a craftsman. Nice looking frame and you sure did not hold back on the screws!! Looking forward to seeing Fish in the finished product!

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    Looking forward to see how you "wrap it."

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    No concern over not having vertical center supports? I am building the same stand right now and would be interested in hearing your rationale. (75g)

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    I would not be concerned about no center supports for a 75, most DIY 2x4 stands are over engineered to the extreme 'Tim the Toolman' standards...

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    I'll second what MEEP said.
    "most are over engineered".

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    I have built the exact same stand over & over again for my tanks, I don't have any center supports for anything shorter than 48" long, I do have center supports across the bottom & top but vertical I do not.

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