Tank Stand

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  1. Sentari

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    Hi All

    I was wondering about my tank stand and changing it a bit

    I have a standard metal stand.

    I was thinking of putting a piece of wood then polystyrene then the tank.

    Is this a good idea? or should i just put the tank on polystyrene then on the stand?

    would be nice to see people's views on this!
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    wood is ok personally i should have done this with my tank because i have no gravel the light in the sump lights up the display at night so i had to put card board to block it out.

    Go to timber city they can cut a piece of chip board to the correct size for you probably about 180 buck already cut for you, do it before you fill your tank.
     
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    Sentari Thread Starter

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    Thats what i was worried about also.

    I have a light in my sump and i dont want it to shine up into my tank / sand...

    Chipboard? 10mm? 8mm? anything else?

    My tanks 1200 x 450 x 450
     
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    Hi Sentari - That is the "standard" way of doing things.... what wood are you thinking of using, Sentari?

    No - DON'T just put polystyrene, then the tank!
     
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    Sentari Thread Starter

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    No idea what wood to use....

    I'm just scared of warping then i'm screwed. What wood would you recommend?
     
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    The best "touted" wood, is marine ply. Just ask for this by name. Else - you should be able to use "any decent wood", as long as you paint it/seal it very well - then it would not warp....
     
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    Marine Ply... Would i be able to get that from Builders? Or do i need to goto Timber City or something like that?

    Thanks for the help Jacques!

    More to put on the list of things to do!
     
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    chip board is a big no no , ill try find the link

    summing about it getting wet, expanding and putting extra stress on the tank causing it to leak ....

    im a complete newb to tanks, but i wouldnt risk using chipboard under the tank, its going to get wet, its only a matter of time
     
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    A cheaper alternative to Marine ply (bloody expensive stuff) is WBP or water and boil proof ply.
     
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    Cool thanks Mike.

    I went with 9mm ply wood and treated it with 3 x yatch varnish coats
     
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    Most of the cabinets that you buy with a tank is made of chipboard. Exactly the same they make TV wall units, bed headboard sets etc... With the weight of the tank it can not expand. Anyway you have to have a serious water problem and the chipboard permanent in water for at least 30 minutes to create problems. But by then your tank should be empty and your house flooded.
    If you have water running down the side of your tank on a permanent basis, yes then I will agree, eventually the chipboard will give problems. Normally this happens in the bottom of closed cabinets around the sump. When you mess water, then wipe it dry immediatly.
    That is why you will see old cabinets that is rotten around the base.
     
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