View Full Version : Raising aquarium cabinet off the ground

11-02-2014, 08:44 AM
Im wanting to make a false wall in the basement with the idea of placing a 125 gallon tank inside of the wall. I want to use the cabinet but its not the height I am wanting it. Can I simply use concrete building blocks with a sheet of wood on top and place the cabinet on top of that ? I want to use the cabinet so I can use the doors from the back to gain access to filter,Co2 etc.

I will sheet rock around the cabinet/tank to make the tank look built in, similar to this ....
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/stevenjohn21/timthumb_zpsea387687.jpg (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/stevenjohn21/media/timthumb_zpsea387687.jpg.html)

11-02-2014, 09:45 AM
I think you are fine. I've seen people putting 125 on blocks directly.

11-02-2014, 10:37 AM
As long as it is level, I think it'd be fine.

11-02-2014, 11:01 AM
Agreed. Concrete blocks have enormous compressive strenghth

11-02-2014, 11:26 AM
yes. just get it level. my house sits on concrete blocks.....as do most houses with crawlspaces.

11-02-2014, 12:13 PM
Thanks guys, my wood work skills are not the best so that's exactly what I wanted to hear!

11-02-2014, 02:47 PM
I agree that the concrete blocks would be sufficient to hold the stand. However, if your intention is to make a false wall like the one in the picture, I would use 2x4's to make a reinforced stand and then stud in the rest of the wall area. That would make it a lot easier to apply drywall or backer board.

02-06-2015, 10:26 PM
Well it has been a while but I finally finished this project.I moved into this house last summer and the previous owner used this area of the basement as an office room/kids room where they placed a TV on top of a DIY bar type stand. I decided I wanted to close the room off a little and continue the wall around but make the aquarium look built in. At the moment I have 3 goldfish which I rescued last month who seem very happy considering they were in a 10 gallon tank no so long ago. Originally I was going to make this a high tech planted tank but Im actually liking the hardscape and ease of maintenence. Hope you guys enjoy !

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb219/stevenjohn21/0e9b51c9-6103-4fd7-a733-fc985ae0611e_zpskfdgpewm.jpg (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/stevenjohn21/media/0e9b51c9-6103-4fd7-a733-fc985ae0611e_zpskfdgpewm.jpg.html)

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02-06-2015, 10:34 PM
Looks nice

02-06-2015, 11:04 PM
Wow great work!!!!!
Keep updating!!!!!