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Looking for some input on a design for a 90g (48"x18" footprint). I have a glass tank with a plastic rim so I built in an extra 0.5" at the top, I'll likely put a shelf on one side and doors with some cuts in the back to allow for hoses for the filter. Am I missing anything important and should there be enough support using 2x4's and 0.5" plywood?

 

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Yep, I was going to add a top as well but would have obscured the interior design. I was going to include the front center brace so there wouldn't be a gap between the doors and if I was going to put a shelf on one side I figured I might need the back one as well, could I change them to 2x2s instead?

I moved my tank into the unfinished part of my basement to partially fill it to test for leaks since it's been sitting empty for a while (3+ years) and I noticed a chip on the edge of one of the long panes of glass. The seal looks ok and the water is currently filled to just above the chip with no leaks but is there something else I can do see if this is a cause for concern down the road?
 

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duds said:
The one difficulty you might have is placing the tank on the stand inside the lip. You have a quarter inch to spare on all sides, which will work but could be tricky. For easier placement I left off the back lip on my stand and added a sheet of plywood on the top. This way you can place the tank partway on the stand and then slide it into place, then move the stand/tank against the wall. If placing the tank on your stand isn't a problem, good design.
As for your question about the chip, I have a tank with a pretty deep chip on the edge with no leaking problems... hard to say if yours will cause issues without seeing it though.
Ok thanks, I'll take a picture of it tonight when I get home and post it. And good idea about the back lip.
 

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Malvos said:
duds said:
The one difficulty you might have is placing the tank on the stand inside the lip. You have a quarter inch to spare on all sides, which will work but could be tricky. For easier placement I left off the back lip on my stand and added a sheet of plywood on the top. This way you can place the tank partway on the stand and then slide it into place, then move the stand/tank against the wall. If placing the tank on your stand isn't a problem, good design.
As for your question about the chip, I have a tank with a pretty deep chip on the edge with no leaking problems... hard to say if yours will cause issues without seeing it though.
Ok thanks, I'll take a picture of it tonight when I get home and post it. And good idea about the back lip.
Here is a picture of the chip, it's not deep and after a couple days there is no sign of a leak. I do have a tube of silicone for the bathroom, to be safe should I fill the crack or is the danger more a loss of structural integrity?

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