New Fish tank stand. New tank will be 8 feet X 2 feet X 2 feet (240 gallons).

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Project by WildWillie posted 01-01-2019 09:58 PM 2295 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to build this new fish tank stand for several years now. Finally after moving into our new house, I have almost completed the bottom. The main base is 2X4s with 4X4 posts for strength. It is made of Maple with solid Black Walnut raised panels, and walnut veneer. The finish is Odie’s Oil. I really love this stuff. And a big thanks to Knot Cursor (Bob). I finally used some of that air dried black walnut. I still have two slabs left to make the canopy (once the tank arrives).

-- Bill Goff, PA

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#1 posted 01-01-2019 09:59 PM

I forgot to mention, that a center shelf, still needs to be made. As well as some small detail work.

-- Bill Goff, PA

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#2 posted 01-02-2019 01:11 AM

Very nice love to see a shot with the tank when completed ! This will look great

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 01:23 AM

Quite the stand you made there, nice work!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 10:00 AM

Alright WW: The big question is: Fresh or Salt?

-- DonB

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 10:13 AM

DonB. It will be salt. Several fish I have picked out already. Panther Grouper, Lion Fish (at least one, wife loves these), Epaulette sharks, purple tang, Queen Angel… My last fish tank before moving was a 125 gallon (6 feet X 18 inches X 22 inches). I have had fish tanks for over 20 years.

-- Bill Goff, PA

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 10:50 AM

WOW! Beautiful… That is literally going to weigh a ton. Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. Did you put extra support in your floor?

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#7 posted 01-02-2019 12:31 PM

Looks great, looking forward to seeing with the tank and canopy.

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#8 posted 01-02-2019 01:48 PM

WOW! Beautiful… That is literally going to weigh a ton. Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. Did you put extra support in your floor?


No, but I have a metal I beam right under where the tank is, and there is also a basement metal post right under the tank. So it is really not needed. Now specifics. For anyone who would want to do the same. Salt water is roughly 8.5 lbs per gallon. So water weight alone is 2,040 lbs. The tank is 158 lbs, and the stand is roughly another 200 lbs. Plus I added a fudge factor of another 100 lbs. For a grand total of 2,500 lbs. Now the magic. The tank foot print is 8 feet X 2 Feet. Or 16 square feet. This comes out at 157 (roughly) pounds per sq foot. So its not as bad as it sounds. Ironically my 125 gallon tank (which was all glass) has a higher per foot weight (ie more dangerous). 125 gallons X 8.5 = 1063 lbs, Tank weighed 250 lbs, stand another 150 lbs, 100 fudge factor for a grand total of 1,563 lbs. But the foot print was only 6 feet X 18 inches or 174 lbs per square foot. So if someone is going to do the same, I would tell them to know, or find out what the floor limit for their house is. Also know where the beams are and any basement posts. Also remember that outside walls tend to be more sturdy then inside walls, but in my case with the i beam and metal post directly under the tank, so it doesn’t really matter.

-- Bill Goff, PA

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#9 posted 01-02-2019 02:44 PM

Great looking stand! I kept a nano-reef for a couple of years, before price and time finally drove me out of it, but I fantasize about starting one again.

I’d never actually done the calculation for the load, but considering the surface area of a pair of human feet, wouldn’t that mean that the average adult male exerts more pounds/sq ft on the floor than the tank does? Kind of amusing.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#10 posted 01-02-2019 02:52 PM

It’s like 10 big guys standing really close together. :-) Not too likely with any guys I know. But you actually don’t need a steel column. If you look up the acceptable load for something like a triple 2×6, 8 ft high – you’d be amazed.

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#11 posted 01-03-2019 08:21 AM

Glad you went for salt water. My son had one bout the size of your last one for years. As Dustin mentioned, cost is fairly high and maintenance is strictly required. But the end result is a beautiful, relaxing sight. Again, nice job on the tank stand. The fish will appreciate it. (Sorry, had to say that).

-- DonB

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#12 posted 01-03-2019 03:27 PM

I am going to need you to center that rug, it is bugging me. I also suggest a sign that says no throwing baseballs near the 240-gallon tank!

Would love to see a picture when it is done.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#13 posted 01-03-2019 03:34 PM

Very Nice.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 01-03-2019 03:58 PM

Cant wait till done

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 03-12-2019 10:47 PM

That will be a very nice set-up. I built my 125 Gal stand years ago, never finished the doors. I have one African Lake Malawi Cichlid left in it, I need to move it soon to another part of my living room. Keep saying when the last fish goes on. That was almost 2 years ago, he is approaching 8 years old. As far as support I tripled the floor joists for the new location, current location is perpendicular to the floor joists.
I really like your stand design though. Will your sump be housed below in the cabinet? Dan

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