steel tubing

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  1. Nadzo

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    can anyone advise me what to use for my tank stand. currently am planning on using 50mm 1,6mm square tubing. you think itl hold a 550l tank. the dimensions are 100*90*65. please help
     
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  3. Jayceew

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    50mm will be sufficient for this size tank.
     
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    yes, i am using 50mm 1.6mm on a 2500x1000x600
     
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    I prefer 2mm
    Because I do not weld everyday, I tend to burn holes into the 1.6 to easily. If somebody else is welding, then 1.6mm is fine. But for a me that use a welder only a few times a year, 2mm is better.
     
  6. Nadzo

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    thanks for the replies. i was impatient and started haha. almost done. i had someone helping me do it. so i hope the 1.6mm will be ok. finally the tank is coming along. just waiting for the silicone to cure and leak testing. :)
     
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    @Jayceew hows your tank looking? the last time i saw it it was amazing. thanks for the responses. much appreciated
     
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    Looking good, thanks!
     
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    I am using the same for more or less the same size tank, no problem.

    Remember if you are planning a sump with the skimmer inside to make the stand high enough to be able to remove the skimmer whenever needed.
     
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    ask for channel iron it is a bit more expensive but once galvanised it will last you forever! The 1.6MM STUFF IS THIN put that measurement on a vernier to give you an indication on how thin it is. Channel iron is 5mm thick and super strong in the long run you will be safer!
     
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    I've made the stand 900 high. Excluding the legs. I think that gives me enough play from sump to the top of the tank. @SAMI I am done with the stand. It came out pretty wicked. Just getting it painted. But I will definitely look into it in future. I wasn't even offered that. According to the hardware store, 50mm tubing can carry a few cars haha. After the stand came out it feels like it could. I'll post pictures on my tank build this weekend for u guys to see.
     
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    Dont buy your steel from a hardware, they are going to rip you on the price.
    Do a google and search for a metal exchange or iron monger in your area.
    50mm Sq Tubing that is 3mm thick will cost you no more than R320 per 6m length.
    50mm Sq Tubing that is 1.6mm thick will cost you no more than R140 per 6m length.
     
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    look at njrsteel.co.za
     
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    Just for interest sake, on @Nadzo tank size 50mm tubing is a bit overkill. 40mmx2mm tubing would be sufficient and it can be galvanized ( just drill hole's in the tubing before galvanizing so it won't damage the tubing and it will galvanize the inside) plus it is lighter if you want to move the tank to another place. @SAMI you can't compare tubing to channel by comparing thicknesses, 1.6mm tubing is quite strong due to the square form and cheaper and lighter and if galvanized properly will last just as long as channel. But at the end it's what you feel comfortable with, just my 2c.:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for the advice @Quintin. I paid 150 for 6m. I feel like that's a decent price coz I live in a small town. @EFJ I like to hear the word overkill in this regard haha. Don't want anything to fail. Haha. Can u explain to me the whole galvanized part? How do u do it?
     
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    What do u guys think? Will it work?

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    Very nice build :thumbup:
     
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    That looks more than sturdy enough for a few tanks :thumbup:
     
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    haha thanks guys. lets hope the welding work is good
     
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