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Old 12-28-2010, 07:09 PM   #1 
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Ikea furniture!

What do u guy's think of this!?
Me and my mom have been planning to redo my room, new furniture, new paint everything...

So today while I was sleeping my mom went out with a friend to Ikea and basically they picked out a new room for me..down to a nice black desk where I can put my fish tankx on with two cupboards where I can hide all the fish stuff.
But we think it will have to go under the window..I'm a bit afraid about that fact.
Are fish tankx okay to put under a window?

What would be ur suggestions?

Also in ur guys experience..I'm totally scared about this..
Is Ikea furniture able to support 20 gallons of water spread out?
I'll insert a pic of my setup now..I'd like to keep the tankx together too.

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And how would u go about moving the fish and the tankx to their new resting place?

Thankx
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:19 PM   #2 
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Depends what direction the window is facing... Does it get sun often? If so do you have blinds or curtains? Is it an old drafty window or a very well insulated window.

As for the weight... doesn't look like the top is bowing, honestly if it didn't break yet then I think your fine. Then again I forget... is Ikea made from Real wood or Particle board?

My 10gal is on an ancient antique (But just like alot of old stuff) built really thick and sturdy dresser.

I'd just put my hands on the top and push down and see if it gives at all with the tanks on it... if it cracks (Sound) at all... mmmmm errr... *Looks around Forum* Do we have a Carpenter in the house?!
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:30 PM   #3 
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*lol* that's my old desk I have at home, I didn't do the switch yet.
I'm asking first..I'm terrified about that, imagine if I buy it and I come home one day to find 20 gallon's of water on the floor plus three fish and decoration's..it would be a disaster.

And for the window..we do get more sun then the other side of the street.
My mom just bought me new curtains, but they don't seem really thick.
The window is new..so it's good.

Thankx for ur help DormDrax!
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:34 PM   #4 
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Well... if it's held up so far and isn't bowing at all your probably fine.

If the tanks are spread out like they seem to be then the weight is balanced.

As for the curtains... thats probably fine I just hear direct lit is bad (Never really found out why perhaps something about Algea growth...
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:35 PM   #5 
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I wouldnt worry about the tanks being under the window, as long as they arent in direct path of sunlight :) Also, yeah I'm sure the furniture peice could hold your tanks easily, and if you want to be sure get two people to stand on it ;D
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #6 
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Yea but beside's the algea grow..what harm can it do?
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #7 
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Might have to do that bettafish15, *lol* when no one is watching get my mom and her friend to sit or stand on it.
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Yea but beside's the algea grow..what harm can it do?
It can heat up the water to untolerable temperatures. ;)
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:44 PM   #9 
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Ah! See I never thought about that. Thankx bettafish15.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:47 PM   #10 
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I have roughly 25 or so gallons on a bookcase that is similar in make to Ikea furniture. It's been set up like that for several months now, but I've noticed some slight bowing on the top shelf, and the back has detached because it dropped.

I know if I go into our online Ikea site, it tells you how much each table/shelf etc. can hold. Also remember whatever substrate/decorations you have in the tanks will also add to the total weight.
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