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I'll probably talk a little more about how I reached the point I'm at today with future posts. For now, let's just start with the fact that my wife was gifted a 60 gallon SW tank with four fish and a couple nassarius snails. There wasn't (and still isn't) enough live rock, we didn't know anything about what we were doing, and we killed the first few additions to the tank due to incompetence.

I've since taken over the maintenance and have spent ridiculous amounts of time researching because that's what I do when I get a new hobby.

So this is my first build thread and I'm going to start with a picture of the build I had in progress. Bigger and better options have come about and this setup will be getting demolished. Not gonna lie, looking at that 45 gallon while coming down the stairs would have been cool but plans change. So adios to all the work I've done so far.

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Busy couple days. Ripped out the old fireplace and adjusted the surround for the new gas unit. Today the HVAC guys came in and installed the new furnace and fireplace.

Lots of work still to do but these were big indirect steps on my build.

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Thinking about maximizing my space under the tank. The bare concrete floor would allow me to mortar down cinder blocks which I could use to build up the end supports and span LVL beams across. Maybe having blocks in the middle to prevent deflection as well. I wouldn't think a 3 foot span would be two much for 2x7-8" LVL but I could be wrong.
 
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You can span 4' all day with very little deflection.

3' with a 60g isn't going to be a problem
I should probably clarify that this is for my 7' long 200 gallon tank.
 

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I think you could split that 7' right down the middle and have a support there and a support on each end. The 2x6s will carry that.

The way most people build out corners/supports is very overbuilt (on purpose of course). These guys are holding all the weight.

My 40g stand is built out of 2x2s.
 
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