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  1. Buildin a stand 😎

    And oh yeah, im going to consult my nephew who's an engineer because I could be way off about how much the stand can support. My other post is a guestimation at best. But the thing is way over built anyway. As for cost, the box of structural grade screws was $10 and 6, 8' 2x4s at about $3.28 a piece (kinda expensive for those actually). Total cost. About $30 not including tools.
  2. Buildin a stand 😎

    Thanks again. Hey I have another tip in case anybody is planning on building their own stand. The stand i showed here was actually a redo. The first stand was made from wood that had been sitting in my father's garage for years. It had warped to the point of being unusable when I tried to screw it together. So, I went to the Lowes and bought new wood and picked out the straightest pieces I could get. I also used them that day so they wouldn't have time to sit around for months and start warping. I also made the second stand a shorty stand as per my dad's request. Oh he's keeping the fry that my fish had last year. That pic is the first stand that didn't work out.
  3. Buildin a stand 😎

    It was a good experience building this stand. Im going to take it with me and in the future hopefully move to bigger projects.
  4. Buildin a stand 😎

    Thanks! πŸ˜€
  5. Buildin a stand 😎

    As for technical specifications of the stand. It's plenty strong enough. It was built using the cheapest 2x4s possible, Eastern white pine. There are some numbers to figure out like psi of the wood being (x6 pieces). used vertically and shear strength of the screws. Assuming the wood can hold 1100 lbs psi per 5.25" surface area(not sure on this being correct spec but it's underwhelming as far as wood strength goes.. . This means that, x6 pieces of 1100 lbs 2x4plus 24 screws with 50 lbs shear strength each equals, 1200 lbs plus 6800 compressive strength of the 2x4 = 7800 lbs of total strength. Giving this stand an approximate safety factor of at least 6.5.. given the weight of water and tank which is about 625 lbs. Saftey factor of 6.5 means it can hold 6.5 times the tanks weight. Sorry if I wrecked the math or my calculations are incorrect. Somebody else could do this better than me for sure
  6. Buildin a stand 😎

    Some more pics of assembly.. I used the tank and clamps to true it up as much as possible while it was being screwed together. Often times there is an unavoidable bit of deviation of 1/16" to 1/8" in the pieces. Regardless if how perfect I try to cut the pieces there is always some slight warpage and lenghy to account for. To counter this, you just gotta try to adjust it enough with the clamps and hope it goes ok . It's a nerve wracking process. But with patients it works out! ☺️
  7. Buildin a stand 😎

    Ok it's done success! The stand is nice and true. It's critical it gets screwed together true as all four corners of the aquarium must be perfectly flat against the top pieces, otherwise it could cause problems with the seals on the tank. I pulled it off.πŸ™‚
  8. Buildin a stand 😎

    Im building a stand for a 55 gallon. The pieces are all done! Wish me luck!
  9. Healing Ammonia Burns?

    Wow he's looking rough... Hope he pulled through. Those look like some pretty serious injuries. Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
  10. Rustic

    Ohh a natural color.. nice Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
  11. Ranchu’s face swollen

    Awwwe poor fish dude. I hope he gets better.
  12. Open Chat :)

    Wow that's a.nice family you going there. [emoji846] Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
  13. Open Raffle for all

    I'm in for chance to get free stuff! Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
  14. Filters for 75g

    I have a canister.. its great except when I have to lug it out from underneath the tank stand.. remember to lift with your legs!
  15. Tank light

    hey, I know Im late to the party but I went ahead and got one of those -Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Light for Aquarium-. I just copy and pasted that item designation off internets.. I learned of these lights from Jenny from solids golds discus tank video.. its pretty good but not suitable for planted tanks from what I hear. Now, these light have a few nice features.. it has a 6500k White LED's and 445Nm Blue LED's and a controller to combine the lights to create different effects. The 445 nanometer blues are especially nifty as they're its a specialty type of blue light for aquarium lighting.. The controller has several modes but I like the simulated cloud cover mode.. it also has a lighting mode which is mainly blue and has simulated lighting strike effects but that scares my fish. Also, I dont like using the blue leds alone because they emit a kinda high pitched electronic sound.. the fish dont seem to like that either.. Overall quality is OK but they are pretty cheaply made lights. I can see some water ingress on the clear plastic led cover but it hasn't caused any failure yet.. after uhh about 4 months use?. the only other issue I can think with this light for your tank is that dont make it in the exact size for 29 gallon. but theres a mini review of the lower priced current USA lights for ya..