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Aquariums have always appealed to me so when my son, Paul, expressed a sincere interest in fish I started shopping for used equipment. Of course the really great deals we either 'just sold' or I never git a response from the seller to my inquiries. So I headed down to the local pet store and bought a 'starter kit' which included all the stuff you need for the aquarium but no stand for the tank to rest on.

This is my fastest project yet…and even stranger I finished it without the traditional prolonged stay on my project 'staging' area; the place in my shop where started projects go to pass out if my memory LOL!

It isn't elegant construction by any means but I promised myself that I wasn't going to over think it and demand crippling perfection. I just had fun and got it built after getting some advice from fellow LJs (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/62414).

I am told we are not allowed to eat fish sticks in front of the guppies now:) and I was not allowed to name any if the fish either LOL!

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Looks great Mark. It is great entertainment for a cat too.
 

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Thanks Mike, I bet a cat would spend hours in front of the tank, plotting!
 

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Continuing on the play of the title & the subject of cats….

I always wanted to get a hairless cat & call him "Chemo". (Sorry. I couldn't resist….)

Nicely built stand. I am also building a slightly different "stand" about the same size as yours. I've been taken care of a 3rd generation feral cat that "moved in" to the huge raspberry patch in back of my place about 4 months ago & and has since then dropped a litter of three kittens. So I'm building a permanent outdoor shelter for them before the winter comes. Based on plans off the internet.

And after the kittens get big enough I will trap all four of them to get them fixed and released back outside since they are way too wild to domesticate. Mom hate humans completely. The kittens are slowly getting used to coming up to me to within three feet for food as long as I don't move even a finger, else they run off. It's become a enjoyable nightly ritual.

Dave
 

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I like the "feng shui" style stand, I also like the way the "inside framing" with outer panels, the solid wood top.
You do realize of couse when you build this stand that:
1gal of water weights 8.34 pounds or
3.78 kilograms at 62 °F (17 °C), making it about 16.6% lighter than the imperial gallon.
If you do/ did the math that means a 30gal tank would weigh = 250.2lbs alone.
That is not counting tank/ gravel/ etc.
This style (maybe lower) would work well for my Koi/ goldfish, even for my 3 turtles/ 3 tortoise
But only the one turtle/ 3 torts have names
I have plans for a 55gal / 40gal/ two 30gal/ 20hi/ {one stand for each} two 20L one one stand
With some ideas from your plans I may alter the plans I have.
 

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Thanks Dave for your reply; hopefully you successfully trapped that cat family before it; got too cold.

WWman, I did indeed calculate the maas of tank,water,rocks, etc.,which is why i use the tank design i did i think i designedit too hold 300 lbs.
 

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hey Mark: I kind of figured you did, it is always safe to calculate for extra weight. "better safe then sorry"
I like the interlocking design which should make it stronger, also plywood was/ and is better choice then that "cheap partial board" as you can tell I do not like that "stuff" when it gets wet which is often the case with fish tanks well, it does not hold up.
 

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So far its holding up well. I may have to boost the finish on the top as it seems that water is soaking in instead of beading up.
 
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