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Budsreef
08-04-2010, 8:42 AM
I would like to put a couple of 20G high tanks near the ceiling attached to the wall studs in the basement. The total weight would be about 175lbs. Has anyone done this? Any ideas on how to make a shelf to hold this kind of weight with no worries?

elFloyd
08-04-2010, 9:00 AM
Anchoring the shelves to the wall will not be sufficient to hold the weight. You will also need to support the outer edge of the shelves by connecting them to the studs in the ceiling.

Jonathan
08-04-2010, 9:16 AM
I anchored my upper shelve corners in the basement via threaded rods. See pics.

http://www.jserve.net/slides/IMG_1291.html

MarkL
08-04-2010, 9:37 AM
I anchored my upper shelve corners in the basement via threaded rods. See pics.

http://www.jserve.net/slides/IMG_1291.html

Nice set up.

misu
08-04-2010, 9:41 AM
here:
Amazon.com: Fish Bubbles - Wall Hanging Fish Tank - 3.6L: Kitchen & Dining

Budsreef
08-04-2010, 11:16 AM
Anchoring the shelves to the wall will not be sufficient to hold the weight. You will also need to support the outer edge of the shelves by connecting them to the studs in the ceiling.

OK, thanks! I just looked at where I want them and I can do that.

I anchored my upper shelve corners in the basement via threaded rods. See pics.

http://www.jserve.net/slides/IMG_1291.html

Very nice! Are the rods from HD or Lowes? How did you do it? What size rods? Drill holes through the 4" side of the 2"x4" and use big washers and nuts? Did you coat them with anything so they wouldn't rust?

Budsreef
08-04-2010, 11:18 AM
That's pretty cool! Unfortunately, 1 gallon won't meet my needs.

here:
Amazon.com: Fish Bubbles - Wall Hanging Fish Tank - 3.6L: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Bubbles-Wall-Hanging-Tank/dp/B000H42E30)

Skriz
08-04-2010, 5:02 PM
Bud, you can get triangle shelving brackets that can easily hold the weight and then some.

MarkL
08-04-2010, 5:10 PM
Bud, you can get triangle shelving brackets that can easily hold the weight and then some.


That's what I'm doing for my gravity fuge for my Biocube.

Budsreef
08-04-2010, 5:34 PM
Thanks, have you seen any in particular at HD or Lowes? What would they be made of, I don't want anything that might rust?

Bud, you can get triangle shelving brackets that can easily hold the weight and then some.

MarkL
08-04-2010, 5:51 PM
They are aluminum but come painted

RedEDGE2k1
08-05-2010, 10:54 AM
Anchoring the shelves to the wall will not be sufficient to hold the weight. You will also need to support the outer edge of the shelves by connecting them to the studs in the ceiling.

I respectfully disagree. My 30g reef was wall mounted in college to the fraternity house studs. It just has to be done right.

PM sent.

RedEDGE2k1
08-05-2010, 12:44 PM
Go with 3/4" plywood, cut into triangles and sized as needed, and you'll be fine. No overhead (cables/threaded rods) necessary. Just be sure to attach the plywood brackets directly into the stud faces (not the edge) with bolts, nuts & washers.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff269/smithdu/Plywoodbrackets.jpg

kayakATL
08-05-2010, 1:45 PM
And when all else fails RedEdge can whip up anything in sketchup in under 10 minutes. So so so much better than trying to explain in words. Well done again Guru of DIY. When I get the rest of my house situated and am ready to do my in wall (months from now) I think I will be calling on you for your help in plan and design at the very least.

Budsreef
08-05-2010, 1:53 PM
Go with 3/4" plywood, cut into triangles and sized as needed, and you'll be fine. No overhead (cables/threaded rods) necessary. Just be sure to attach the plywood brackets directly into the stud faces (not the edge) with bolts, nuts & washers.


Thanks, Dustin, this is exactly what I'm going to do!