I had always planned to include
a 50gal frag tank and 75gal refugium
in my system. They were to be located
at the left end of the back wall
in the fish room. I wanted the tanks
to be mounted one above the other,
so I would need to build a stand
for them. In the interest of minimum
cost and ease of construction, I
decided to use wood.
The legs are laminated from two
milled (squared up) 2" X 4"s. After
the glue is dry, the finished leg
blanks will be run through a jointer
and planer to square them up and
bring them to the correct dimensions.
The platforms, or shelves, that
the tanks sit on are made of milled
2" X 6"s, covered with 3/4" marine
plywood. Once the wooden structure
was completed I covered the outer
surfaces with white Formica.
The 3 holes in each platform
are for the two 1-1/2" overflows
and a single 1" return. I've left
the underside of the platforms unpainted
- I may change that.
Here is the finished stand in
it's position on the back left corner
of the fish room.
If you look closely at the
bottom shelf where it meets the
back wall, you can just make out
a 2"x4" (painted white) between
the shelf and the wall. The
2"x4" is bolted to the wall and
the shelf, in turn, bolted to
the 2"x4". The same was done for
the top shelf. These braces
ensure that nothing will ever
cause the stand to flex - in
effect they provide torsional
The legs are attached using epoxy
glue and 1/2" stainless bolts. As
mentioned, above, the fuge will
be 75gals and the frag tank 50gals
- so the total load will be somewhere
between 1300 and 1600 pounds. Hope
that glue holds...
Actually, as mentioned above, the stand is rock solid.
I have no qualms about it being
able to carry the load.