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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Makeshift Fish Tank Stand?

I just got a 110 gallon for the koi for actually a pretty good deal. It was supposed to come with a filter and stand, but the guy was stupid and forgot the filter. The stand looks horrible, its just thin strips of metal that is really really really rusted out. I don't feel comfortable putting the tank on it, because I don't think it would hold very well. I would always worry about it.

So, what is everyone's ideas on making your own fish tank stand? 110 gallon is going to be pretty dang heavy...I was thinking maybe stacking a good amount of cement blocks...Any suggestions? THANKS
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Well, you really gotta get a good idea of what your floor can handle. Is it a main level or a basement or second level?


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I've used concrete blocks in the past, but like Ozzyangel stated, you need to check and see if the floor can hold it. That's a lot of weight.


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It'll be in the garage, I don't think the floorboads would handle it in the house. The garage is a cement floor.
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So, ground level
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You could just put it on the ground?

If not you could build something out of wood insuring that you are providing proper and sufficient structural support. Cement blocks would also do but again make sure that everything is supported.





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Before I got the stand for my 55 gal, I had it on the floor, and it was really hard to clean. The gravel sucker didn't do a very good job when it didn't have the gravity working for it. Also, I would like to look at them at eye-level.

I do have a lot of scrap wood peices laying around my house, but I'm not sure I trust myself to make something really structurally sound. So I think cement blocks are the way to go. I think I will just stack them in layers, one on top of another. . . Would cement blocks hold?
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Sounds good, you may have to cut the blocks to fit so it sits level and so your tank doesn't shatter in half but I have used blocks and when done right looks good and you can paint it to look more appealing.


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cut the blocks? How so?

Plans have changed I guess... I just found out the ammonia levels are sky high in my 55 gal, and maybe giving up the fish is the best option. I mean I knew I couldn't keep them forever...
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cut the blocks? How so?

Plans have changed I guess... I just found out the ammonia levels are sky high in my 55 gal, and maybe giving up the fish is the best option. I mean I knew I couldn't keep them forever...
You mean you knew you'd have to give them up when they got too big?

....Or you knew they wouldn't live forever?

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You could take the cement blocks to a hardware store or supply store and have them cut the blocks for you, just take measurements of the tank and blocks


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Thanks for all the advice, but I gave away my koi the other day. They just got too big and were pooping like crazy and the bacteria couldn't keep up with it, so they had to go to a pond :/

So I'm trying to sell the 110 gal. Hopefully someone will buy it without a stand!
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