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Tank on chest of drawers.

Discussion in 'Planted & Display Tanks' started by lyles, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. lyles

    lyles Well-Known Member

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    I'm wanting a display tank in my living room but don't have space for a stand . The tank is 320 liter and the only available space for it is on top of an oak chest of drawers. I used to have a 120 litre tank on there but obviously this is much bigger. My chest of drawers looks sturdier than the stand that is supplied. Any thoughts or advice much appreciated.
    Lyle.
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    lyles Well-Known Member

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    Are there legs at the corners or is that a slab side we are seeing in the pic?
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    There are legs each corner
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    I am guessing the legs are around 40mm square? and the tops around 25mm thick?
    Can you make it wobble at all?
    Is there any bracing at the back or just a lightweight ply backing?
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    Legs about 80mm square,the back is oak too.
    Doesn't really wobble either.
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    What is the width of the tank and the width of the drawer unit?
    The 80mm legs are more than adequate to take the load, if you can get it to wobble then I would suggest fitting a 12mm panel of plywood on the back which needs to be screwed and glued between the legs. This would add a lot of rigidity if required and would be out of sight. Make sure every plane is true and level before installing and you should be fine.
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    Tank
    Is 90cm
    Cabinet is 100cm
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    That's OK obviously centralise the tank and you should be fine if you follow the above
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    lyles Well-Known Member

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    That's good news, will still be nervous:confused:
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    Like I said make sure the legs are all plumb and the top level.
    Fill over a few days and monitor
    All the best
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    Pop to your nearest Maidenhead and have a look at the AquaOak tanks. The cabinets are oak and as far as I can tell don't have any particular reinforcement (other than 6 feet points of contact with the ground to spread the load).
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    I'm a tree surgeon if it's solid oak you have nothing to worry about. Make sure all screws and bolts are nice and tight first tho
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    May also need a piece of wood on top of the drawers as the footprint of the tank is bigger than the top of drawers.
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    You previously stated that the tank is 90 cm and the chest of drawers is 100 cm, looking at your pic I have assumed that the legs are also around 90 cm to the outside?
    Either way there's not much in it and the solid looking top you have looks more than adequate.
    An 80mm square section of oak at your length can support 2 tonnes providing the load is purely vertical once the load is off plane you are depending on lateral support/reinforcement hence why I asked if the chest can be wobbled.
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    I see,the tank I originally wanted was no good so now the load is even less,it's 220 litre which should be fine ?
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    Yes
    Sorry for the delay in responding

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