DIY Stand without center brace?

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  1. Struggler

    Struggler Member

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    Hello,

    I am looking to build a stand for my 180 gallon tank, with two corner overflows, does anyone have any schematics for one without center braces.

    Thanks!
     
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    Not positive, but I think you can get away with it if you use a 2x6 or 2x8 for the top brace. Search this subforum for stand design threads, there are dozens/hundreds of threads and posts about wood choice and bracing requirements.
     
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    Yeah I'm scanning through now. I saw that Inappropriate Reefer did something similar, just worried about corner overflow
     
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    I've seen people notch the upright (not load bearing) in the corner to accommodate corner overflows. I don't think the actual frame will be in the way.
     
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    You can use the famous "Rocketengineer" stand design. If you search him you should find it here. For sure on RC. When I had a 180 I used his design. The top was 2x6 the rest was 2x4 no center brace.
     
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    Lol I have found so many people using his name but not his designs
     
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    quick question then what is the purpose of the green sections?
     
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    In conjunction with horizontals they help prevent racking and give the vertical supports (pink) something better to grip with. Otherwise you'd need pocket holes and / or additional screws where they meet. They (green) are the non-load bearing verticals I mentioned notching.
     
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    oh I see. Thank you
     
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    Youtube,,,, king of dyi

    I made a stand following his instructions, cost me about $40-50 in materials (wood and screws). I didn't build for a 180 gallon, it was for a 60,, but the idea is the same, he also has other videos showing the build of stands for very large tanks
     
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    hello, check out Kremco.net for aluminum extrusion that can be used for a tank and tank base. I am currently building a 75 gal tank and will have a post soon showing the assembly. Controlled Dynamics is the company with the framing system options.

    Fish Tank 1.jpg

    Fish Tank 1.jpg
     
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    Intresting, are they expensive? I don't mind spending some money, but I'd rather break the bank on coral.
     
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    No its not expensive. A nice feature is the strength of the brackets, can use less hardware/connections when building. I can get a price on the frame that was just built if you would like?
     
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    Fish Tank 4.jpg Here is a picture of filling the 75 gal tank
     
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    Only trouble with wood for a 6' long stand with no center brace is the necessary size of the front beam. It just takes up a large amount of your opening. As much as I like working with wood myself, I'd probably pay someone to weld up a steel stand if I was doing a 180. I hate center braces too.
     
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