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Does anyone know where i can buy one that holds a 55 on top and bottom?? Or has anyone ever made one? Id like to see pictures. Any help would be appreciated. thanks :D
 

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not sure where(if anywhere) you could buy one, but i am pretty sure you could make one cheaper... not sure how you are with tools, but i can send you a "plan" that i can draw up on autocad, that you could use as a reference... i came up with a 55 on top, and a 30 on the bottom stand for someone here... i'll attach it at the end of this post... you would just have to modify it a bit to make a 55 work on the bottom. i can draw you up one if you like... i am sure others will chime in also, so just let me know.

 

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Wow awesome, I would greatly appreciate that if you could draw it up for me. Im very handy with tools seeing that I work with my father doing carpentry work. *** even took CAD in school but dont have the program or time to figure out all the dimensions and draw something up. This is going to be in my living room of my new apt. Id like it to look decent and was leaning towards building one anyways. Well when you have the time i'd like a blueprint... Thanks soo much :thumb:
 

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ok... i should be able to work on it today while i am at work... we are a little slow... um, you can do what ever you want with the finishing portions of the stand... what i draw up is just the frame... cover it with whatever/however you want...
i'll see what i can get done today and let you know... i am thinking(and you can give some input on this as well)that the top of the tank is going to have to be much wider than your tank, due to the fact that you have to get a 55 on the bottom... which means that you will have an inside dim of say 50" for the bottom, and if you use 2 2x4's like mine shows, then the top of the tank will be roughly 56", then however you make you top, whether you sit your tank right on the frame, or you make like a table top like i did with mine... either way, i think, and i could be wrong, and please let me know if i am, you are going to need to be much wider for a 55 to fit on bottom... let me know and i'll start up with a draft for you to see
 

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well they are 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 21. I dont want it to be tall so i would like the bottom tank maybe a couple inches off the ground and then enough space above it to get the hood/light in and out and have space to do maintenance. so maybe 8 - 10 inches of space?? I think like you said it would need to be a little wider to get the bottom tank in. I would be making it out of 2x4's.
Im thinking it would look something like this but the bottom tank close to the floor.
 

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right... the tank will just be sitting on whatever you make the top out of... this is my old setup, and kind of a bad picture, but here is what my tank stand with my tank on it looks like.



this is a close up of how the front comes off, but if you look at the stand top, you can see what i mean by table top... i used i beleive 1x8, 3 of them biscuited, and glued together for the top, then painted it black.

 

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Nice, yea I like that idea of the table top with the 3 diff size pieces put together. I was thinking of just making it a flat top squared off with the rest of the stand but I like your idea. nice tank BTW!
 

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the top is just 1x's biscuited and glues together, and then just a routered edge on the front and 2 sides... the back of the table top is flush with the back of the frame... i left my back completely open, for full access, and my whole front comes off for full access to my sump... i used 1/4" ply for the outside, with 1x3's for the trim work... simple and easy, yet nice looking... mine is sitting in the basement family room...

ummm... when i made my frame, i made it so that my tank(90 gallon) could sit right on the frame and not fall in, so my frame is 48.25"x 18.25"... then my table top overlaps the frame by like an 1" on all sides but the back(flush)... yours would be about 56" x 13.25" then... is that ok with you. or do you want more depth(like 15" or so).

then on my tank, i am only using a 20 long for a sump, so size did not matter at all for me... yours does however, so, you want only like an 1" clearance on the sides(making the inside dim 50"), or do you want wider... remember, the wider you go for inside, the wider the top will have to be... i was making it as tight as possible, therefore i choose 50"... for your height, i would go at least 10", if not 12"... is your bottom tank going to be a sump, or a habitat for fish... mine is a sump, and i have 12" clearance for maintainance. might want more if it is going to house fish, just for ease. but all up to you, i am here just to draw up what you want...

are those dimensions you gave me earlier the dim's with or without the trim... if not with trim, can you let me know what it is with the trim...
 

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56" x 13.25" would be ok but i guess some extra depth wouldnt hurt so how about 56x15 like you said.

1" clearance on the sides(making the inside dim 50") would be fine. i dont need space on the sides and dont want it too wide.

The bottom tank is not going to be a sump its going to be for fish.
for the height above the bottom tank, 10" if not 12" is ok - doesnt really matter as long as its not toooo high and i have enough room to do maintanence. do what u would do..
 

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ok... this is what i came up with so far... let me know if you want anything changed...

total height to the top of your top tank will be a little over 5'... i went 2" off the floor for the first 2x4, so your tank will actually sit about 5-6"off the floor(if that is too high, we can just put a 2x4 on end on the floor so your tank will be then about 3.5" off the floor) then i went 12"clearance, so the inside of your stand will be 33" from 2x4, to bottom of the upper 2x4... here is a pic so far... is this all you want or do you want a break down of what each board should be... granted it might fluctuate a bit, so don't just take mine for granted, but just use as a reference... let me know...



i can pretty much do the same thing as this, but it might take a few days, just depends on how busy i get at work... right now, somewhat slow, so i might be able to get it done sooner than later. anyway something like this is what i can do for your stand.







let me know what you need...
 

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wow awesome! thanks alot, i really appreciate it. No rush but a breakdown of the sizes of each piece would be nice and the only thing i would like different would be the bottom 2x4 to be at the base of the floor instead of 2 inches above. I am definitely going to use your design so dont think im wasting your time also. Ill show you how it comes out once i move. my lease is up may31 so once im in the new place ill get it up.
 

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another question for you... what are you going to be using for your bottom shelf... if it is only going to be like a 1/4" ply or something, then i want to add a couple more 2x4's, if you go with like 3/4" ply, then you probably don't need any more than what i have in the drawing above. i'll throw them in the drawing for now, i can delete them, if you answer me back with no, you don't need them... just let me know.
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another option is to just add 2 more 2x4's on the front and abck base, that way your 55 will have something to sit on, and then you can just use 1/4" ply... probably the best way IMO. i'll draw it that way for you....
 

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cant i just add 2 more 2x4's on the front and back of the base and have the tank sit on them or is it better to have a shelf
 

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that is what i drew up... i am in the process of posting it all right now... give me a minute and you'll have i think everything you need.
 

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ok... you ready for this... i have a bunch of jpegs for you to use... hopefully this will get you on your way... let me know if you have any questions or concerns. this is the same setup i have on my 90... this stand can hold a house... very overkill, but i like to side on the catious side of things. here you go:

just the frame


the front part of the frame exploded to see how it goes together


now the frame with letters to differentiate the different pieces


the exploded version again but with letters


now the breakdown of the parts


i did not glue mine together, lots of people here think you do, but IMO you do not... all i did was use 3" coarse drywall screws(the orange box at HD) if the stand would stay together with nothing, i would use nothing... everything is wood on wood, with all the weight of the tank going through the legs of the stand... you can glue if you want, but i wanted the ability to take it apart and move easier if need be... and with you living in an apartment, you might need that... who knows...

anyway, that should be all you need. like i said earlier, ak me any questions you might have, and i'll try my best to answer them...

oh, also, here is a pic of the frame color coated to help if need be...

colors go as followed:
A= blue
B= yellow
C= red
D= aqua
E= green


there you go... good luck, and post some pics. have fun.
 

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Well I began to build it this weekend. Here are some pics so far. I still need to finish trimming it out and then im going to stain it black. More pics to come!





 

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looking good so far... all my drawings were understandable then, i hope... :)

keep the pics coming..
 
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