Tank on Kitchen counter...??

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  1. archiecrain

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    Ive begun building my larger Nano tank to replace my Tiny Cube.....60Lx45wx45l so thats over 100l of water....so thats over 100Kg's?

    My issue is that whilst building I suddenly realised that the tank would weigh over 100Kg's, the problem is I intended on placing it on my Kitchen counter. Would it now be too heavy for the counter to handle?

    Im sure Im not the first person to have this issue....
     
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    Get two big drunk mates to sit on said counter.
    If it holds up, it will be fine for the nano
     
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    lol thats what I thought.....

    Ive been on the counter changing light bulbs many times....but a tank permanently sitting on it......?
     
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    I had a 1.2m tank on a rather flimsy looking counter for over two years no problem. Just depends on how it's built and outta what. Real wood = good but I think chipboard not so good. Maybe a pic would help us. Can you not re-enforce it any way?
     
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    yes but your tank cant jump on your counter like you can.
     
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    check out animalias thread they have a 1000lt tank standing on a kitchen counter and it hasnt moved a mm @animalia
     
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    archiecrain Thread Starter

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    Its one of those chipboard ones, with a vinear....

    It looks robust enough...Im just being conservative just in case
     
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    the 32 mm thick ones?
     
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    yeagh the counter top is approx that, the rest ot the counter ie the supports etc are thinner, possibly 20-25mm
     
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    16mm is the usual thickness of boards used like melamin etc....a pic or two of the counter in question and the bottom(with doors open showing joints etc will be a sure way of telling if it was built strong enough....spacing between supports?
     
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    Ill have to get a few pics of it tonight
     
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    best thing to do beneath the cupboard take out your shelves etc and build a steal framework and that is all you need for security.

    Remember rather safe than sorry... or would you rather chance it and lose thousand because the tank cracked? it will cost you like R500 to make a stand provided you know where to go.

    just my 5c
     
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    Keep in mind that kitchencupboards are build, like fishtanks should be!
    Every bottom and top of a cupboard is fitted in between the sides. The legs, made from plastic, should be underneath the sides. Sometimes they are underneath the bottomboard, which makes the sides float. You could fit an additional side in the cupboard underneath the tank. This additional sides will be in between top and bottom.
    Remove the kickboard and make the existing sides rest on something solid.
    Then you will be safe with 200kg.
     
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    I have a 1100 litre salt water tank on my kitchen cup board. You do not need to add steel frames on the inside or do anything else to the cupboard except..... Use the marine silicon liberally.

    I sealed the back of the cupboard with marine silicone (Bostick). I also put 800 brick on the cupboard to test the strenght.

    My tank has been running with salt water for over a year now thus 1.3 tons on the cupboard and no problem at all.

    As long as you make sure that the cupboard does not get water in, in case of a leak you are A for Away.
     
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