Feedback Needed on stand for 125 gallon 6 ft tank. Stand almost complete

Jreefer85

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I am about 70% done with the stand. It will have 11 2x6 verticle supports (2 in each corner and 3 in the back. I still need to finish all the rest of the load bearing vertical supports Im still deciding on the sump but i plan on leaving 3ft of space in the front. I will most likely put 2 2x4s in the spots where the blue tape is. This gives me plenty of space in the middle for the sump and i can then have 2 big doors in the middle and 2 skinny ones on the sides of those. I will top it off with 3/4 plywood on top. I will also add a bunch of 2x4s on the bottom and cover with plywood where the sump will sit. Just wanted to show the progress so far
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I'm noticing your vertical supports are bolted to the top horizontal framing rather than being directly under it and transferring the load to the floor. I'm not a fan of that design. That being said if your putting 3/4 plywood on top that will spread the load just fine so you should be ok... Does that make sense?
 
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I'm noticing your vertical supports are bolted to the top horizontal framing rather than being directly under it and transferring the load to the floor. I'm not a fan of that design. That being said if your putting 3/4 plywood on top that will spread the load just fine so you should be ok... Does that make sense?
I do plan on adding the rest of the load bearing verticle supports, just havnt gotten to them yet. Will finish it tomorrow hopefully. I was wondering if i even would need any supports in the front. Id love to leave it fully open. Im thinking having 11 total load bearing 2x6s, i should be good
 

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I do plan on adding the rest of the load bearing verticle supports, just havnt gotten to them yet. Will finish it tomorrow hopefully. I was wondering if i even would need any supports in the front. Id love to leave it fully open. Im thinking having 11 total load bearing 2x6s, i should be good
On my 5 1/2' stand I have 2 load bearing 2x4s next to each other on each end like this. So no center brace, That way I have space to remove my 40b sump from the front if needed.
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i do have more bracing than you on the top to help distribute the weight though (I'm not sure how crucial that is but why not over build right?) my stand is very heavy...
 

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Ok here is how I did my top. (there was no rhyme or reason to it, just overbuilding)
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and here is how I did the front supports. The scribbled out center brace was not used. Also before screwing anything together each piece got a dab of wood glue Screenshot_20201026-075314~2.png
 
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Almost done now. Now i just gotta do some cross beams on the bottom with 2x4s then put plywood on the top and bottom where sump will be. The whole thing is made with 2x6's except the bottom frame and the 2 center verticle supports in the middle. I designed it with a large 3ft opening in the front. Hopefully this will be fine. The stand weighs a ton. Ill prob move it in its final location then add a few other support beams just for the hell of it
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Ok here is how I did my top. (there was no rhyme or reason to it, just overbuilding)
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and here is how I did the front supports. The scribbled out center brace was not used. Also before screwing anything together each piece got a dab of wood glue Screenshot_20201026-075314~2.png
I used tons of wood glue too! I figured why not. It will only make it stronger
 

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nice work,never too much,wood and screws are cheap,tank ,different story ;) 1 thing i might recommend ,is a extra board on front bottom ,take it out of square,never worry about tipping forward:)
 

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