Comming up a little short on stand length

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Jack Dempsey
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So I have a table that I have strengthened to support fish tanks. It is exactly 48 inches long but has a curved edge so the actual flat space is 46 or 47 inches. My question is if I should/could support a 55 on this as it will overhang roughly an inch and a half. most of its length will be fine it is just the sides that won't be. I know I can fit a 40 breeder on it just fine, but is their an unusual tank out there that measurers 45 inches long?
 

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Perhaps you could place the tank onto the table so that both ends overhang a small amount.....or maybe place a sheet of plywood that is the length and width of the tank between it and table top.
 
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So the tank would overhang about 4-4.5" on each end? I like the plywood idea to help distribute the weight.
I'm not seeing how you would wind up with nearly five inches of overhang on each end,by your post I thought you were dealing with a difference of one or two inches total.
 

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I'm not seeing how you would wind up with nearly five inches of overhang on each end,by your post I thought you were dealing with a difference of one or two inches total.
My mistake, 55 was the gallons not length. Plywood still the best approach imo.
 
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I have done the plywood in such situations on a few tanks but never bigger than a sixty gallon tank.I have such a set up going on now.
 

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Three quarter ply should be fine, with a glass tank you could even run boards along the length to support the frame, we have done that before with a tank as long as all four corners are fully supported
 
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Assuming it's only 1" on either side...

3/4" plywood that extends all the way under the tank would help provided the plywood is flat. There will still be a small amount of stress on the end seams (because the ends are still cantilevered), but it will be substantially less as the plywood will provide some resistance to deflection.
 

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Yeah so the table is just above 47 inches of flat surface (with the plexiglass cover I made, with out it, it is just shy of 48). I have been considering a 75 as I can get one with a lifetime warranty, they are 48.5 inches long. I could do the plywood, how would 4 wood planks made into a rectangle work.
 
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Robert Fling

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I have a 55 gallon on a 47 inch stand and I put the tank on it so 1/2" sticks out on each side and it has been like that for almost 3 years with no issue

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