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Old 03-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #1 
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Will this hold a 10, possibly 15-20g?

My dresser currently has a 5g on it, but I really wanna get a 10 and make a sorority... maybe even a 15-20 if it can support it. Think it will hold up? it's extremely sturdy.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #2 
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If it's made of solid wood then probably. If it's made of particle board that's made to look like wood then probably not.

Keep in mind that your dresser will need to hold about 110bs safely, without bending/bowing. I would definitely not try anything more than that. A 20g can weight over 220lbs.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:31 PM   #3 
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It's rock solid wood. I've had before I was even born. It's never broken or anything either. The wood is pretty think also, don't think it would bend unless you put a car on it... or maybe 220lbs... xD The back board is also wood, not cardboard or something cheap like that.

How much does a 10-15g weigh?
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:42 PM   #4 
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Sounds like it definately might be able to hold it

I typically go by the rule of thumb that a full tank will weigh 10-12lbs per gallon once you add substrate, decorations, and the water, so a 10 gallon could be 100-120lbs while a 15 gallon would possible be 150-180lbs.

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If you have the length for a 20 long I'd go that route - help spread out the weight of the tank over more area :)
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:48 PM   #6 
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When you remove the tank, try standing on it. If you feel any "soft" or hear creaking, you'll know if there's a problem. I'm not saying you're that much over 100 lbs! And be careful- maybe you should just kneel on it and rock around a bit.
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Good idea. Also, what would be the best way to move the 5g on it? I'm still going to keep the betta in it, just not sure where to move it yet. I don't wanna take all the water out and have to redo the cycle again...

I found a great kit at petco for $51 that included a hood, filter, AND heater. It was 10g. I think I'll just go with that :P

Petsmart is also having a sale on bettas where all the females are $0.99!

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You won't have to cycle again! Just remove enough water so that you can lift it, then add fresh, treated water back. As long as you have the same filter & decor, (and they don't dry out) it will be fine.
Water weighs a little over 8 lbs per gallon, so your 10 gal weighs at least 80 lbs (the gravel & decor probably weigh less per area), so 1/2 way filled, it would be 40, 1/4 filled, 20... it would help to have someone help you lift it so it doesn't splash over the edges. Maybe put the fish in some cups 1st.

Can you tell I've moved a few aquariums??? And tripped over the filter/heater wires? And gone flying, tank in hand, directly into a basket of clean laundry???? I WAS smart enough to cup the fish when trying this alone. ;0)
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Hmmm small problem, I'm out of places to put a fish tank... do you think a cheap tv stand will hold up a 5g?

I may end up having to go the old cinder blocks+shelf thing. D:

I'm thinking this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/SoHo-Metal...Black/14224887

It says it supports up to 80lbs... Think it would work? o: I'd say my 5g weigh somewhere around 60 with the gravel, decorations, and the filter/heater.

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Also, I'd shop around for a 29 gallon. They don't really take up that much more of a footprint, but you can have more fish. I found mine for $85 from Petco. It had been part of a Cristmas sale that ended, but no one bought it, so the manager discounted it for me (no one was going to buy it at the regular price after the holidays!))
Check Craig's list, too. Or one of the serious fish dept workers @ one of the PetCo/Smart stores may have a tank to sell you privately.
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