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Old 08/22/2017, 10:16 AM   #2201
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What an amazing thread to find. Ive been thinking of making a steel stand for my 7x2x2.5 Im looking to have as much open space at the front for sump access (as we all are) Do any of you guys have a design that you have used for a tank of this size?
If I could re-do my stand, I'd go over-built like this:



Plenty of space in the front, lots of extra support in the back.



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Old 08/22/2017, 10:43 AM   #2202
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If I could re-do my stand, I'd go over-built like this:



Plenty of space in the front, lots of extra support in the back.
Hi. there was nothing linked in your post. very interested to see what your looking to do


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Old 08/22/2017, 05:00 PM   #2203
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Hi. there was nothing linked in your post. very interested to see what your looking to do
That's strange, I could see picture in my post on my phone.

Other than scanning through all the pages in this thread, try this website to get a few ideas on steel stand designs.

Steel support frames


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Old 11/08/2017, 06:07 PM   #2204
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I'm genuinely curious as to why so many people are angle gusseting their corners. That's way overkill IMO and takes away from working space.

Here's my stand, its 2" x2" x1/4" wall steel square tubing powder coated matte black. It is 7'-6" long x 38.5" wide x 36" high, and yes I had the numbers run it tops out at 10,000lbs capacity before any failure.

I am designing a fastener system to adhere the hardwood panels to it but make them removable. Kind of a clip style system.





With plywood on it and sump in place (FYI that is a 100gal 4' long acrylic sump lol)
Hello ThisGuy12

Interesting design; kind of exactly what I was looking for. Why did you design it out of 3 different sections bolted together? How strong has it been since put to use? Are these bolts holding everything in a rigid fashion; ex. no frame twist etc. Do you have leveling feet for each section? Please answer, I need to have a stand that is roughly 72x34x40h in the basement but the staircase is only 30" wide. HELP!!!

Does anybody else have any ideas how much issue can be addressed?


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Old 11/08/2017, 06:12 PM   #2205
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Hello ThisGuy12

Interesting design; kind of exactly what I was looking for. Why did you design it out of 3 different sections bolted together? How strong has it been since put to use? Are these bolts holding everything in a rigid fashion; ex. no frame twist etc. Do you have leveling feet for each section? Please answer, I need to have a stand that is roughly 72x34x40h in the basement but the staircase is only 30" wide. HELP!!!

Does anybody else have any ideas how much issue can be addressed?
No twisting what so ever. I designed it as 3 sections because the full length and width wouldn't fit through my door so each section slides in sideways down the stairs and bolts together using 4 carriage bolts with lock washers and nuts per section.

It has worked just fine for the year and a half it has been running for.


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Old 11/08/2017, 06:21 PM   #2206
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No twisting what so ever. I designed it as 3 sections because the full length and width wouldn't fit through my door so each section slides in sideways down the stairs and bolts together using 4 carriage bolts with lock washers and nuts per section.

It has worked just fine for the year and a half it has been running for.
Prompt answer really appreciated.

Did you use special stainless steel fasteners or did you just paint them to resist corrosion?

What means did you use for leveling of the whole thing?


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Old 11/08/2017, 06:25 PM   #2207
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I didn't use any feet to level it because that would create pressure points. Use the foam to level the tank.

The fasteners are hot dipped galvanized to present corrosion. Make sure you powder coat the steel stand, salt and steel don't mix.


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Old 11/08/2017, 06:31 PM   #2208
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I didn't use any feet to level it because that would create pressure points. Use the foam to level the tank.

The fasteners are hot dipped galvanized to present corrosion. Make sure you powder coat the steel stand, salt and steel don't mix.
One last thing, was there a build thread? I'd love to see it.


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Old 11/09/2017, 07:55 PM   #2209
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Here is the new one for my 1200g build, had to be built in place due to size
20170930_102609 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
20170930_110254 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
20170930_110300 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
There will also be a secondary standard that is integral to the plywood build


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Old 11/14/2017, 02:07 PM   #2210
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Here is the new one for my 1200g build, had to be built in place due to size
20170930_102609 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
20170930_110254 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
20170930_110300 by Scott Chase, on Flickr
There will also be a secondary standard that is integral to the plywood build

Wow...what are the dimensions of your tank? Do you have a build thread?


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