MMcDonald 285 gallon Plywood Build Thread

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Maximum Water Depth (Surface to Sand)

  1. 15-17"

    1.8%
  2. 18-20"

    5.5%
  3. 21-23"

    7.3%
  4. 24-26"

    32.7%
  5. 27-29"

    25.5%
  6. 30-32"

    18.2%
  7. 33-35"

    9.1%
  1. horkn

    horkn Giant Squid

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    sure thing

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    If you can only do 24" deep, thats fine.
     
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  3. NASAGeek

    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    So the eurobracing is the "lip" around the top of the tank??

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    Yep.
     

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    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    BTW, I notched the 4x4 so that the 2x4's are resting on the notches for better load path.

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  11. horkn

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    Yeah, that will be more than strong enough. I have tripled up 2x4's in the 4 corners on my DIY stand. You could park a sherman tank on it and it would hold.


    Now, as a woody, you need to make sure the top is solid, like a piece of 3/4" plywood. Perimeter framed stands work well for traditional glass tanks, but woody's need support for the whole bottom.
     
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    SO, you are recommending double 3/4" plywood on top of the frame?? Stnnd top and tank bottom?

    How is that helping? The load goes into the 2x4 frame either way right? I guess it would distribute the load some what better.

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