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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

I have also made quite a few lids as well, as those things are way over priced for what they are. Visit your local glass or window shop, get some odds and ends of 4 or 5mm glass. Get a glass cutter from a hardware store for about 6 bucks. Cutting glass is very easy, lots of how to vids on YouTube.


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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Yes! $300 for a piece of plastic with a light in it?! Crazy.
If the glass cutter is like

I can borrow one from an aunt who makes stained glass windows.
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Okay added pics
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Gabrielle wrote: Okay added pics

And.. where would they be??


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First post for ease of accessibility.. sorry
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Ok, see them. I have some concerns with that. Top is 2pc laminated(glued) together and isnt flush with the outside frame. I am pretty sure the top is only in contact with the top of the legs. Adding horizontal cross members to the top is not a real advantage, as they would only be supported by the top frame. What it really needs is vertical support, from the top shelf to the bottom shelf and then from the bottom shelf to the floor. Can you not get hold of a metal stand? 48x18 stand should be easy to get? I understand trying to save some dough, and maybe you have limited access to related supplies, but you need this thing to hold in the area of 800+ lbs.


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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Correct.

I can get a decently priced metal stand, it's just that this stand has been in my family for years, probably even before I was born. I would have liked to use it because there's no room for it other than my bedroom, and my bedroom isn't big enough for both this plus an aquarium stand.

Do you think that the cost to add those pieces on would be more than a metal stand?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Well, teak aint cheap, and I have no idea on the price of such where you live. You wouldnt need much, and I completely understand the sentimental value of the item. However, it is only a furniture piece, and was never built to hold such weight. Perhaps you should store it until you can possibly use it as intended? Aquarium crashing to the floor is disaster all round, the worst being the destruction of your heirloom.


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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Second worst if I wasn't there to save Jack!!

I'll consider your recommendations and get a quote for the wood and the cost to varnish & seal etc.
And also what to do with it if I decide to buy the metal one instead.
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Using a piece of furniture to hold an aquarium is courting disaster. It may hold it for a while, but over time, it will warp & then collapse.
It was not designed to hold all that weight long or short term, & no matter the material it is made of, it will fail. This is one piece of advice you should heed.

Get a stand purpose-made to hold an aquarium's weight. Otherwise you stand a very good chance of having glass & water all over the place.

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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