Cabinet options for a 30L cube

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by Imorpher, 12 Oct 2019 at 9:55 PM.

  1. Imorpher

    Imorpher Member

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    Struggling to find anything as there doesn't appear to be that many options...

    I already have an established tank but it's currently on an Ikea set of drawers which isn't ideal and needs to move.

    I really like the aquascaper 300 (and generally ADA style) but everywhere around me doesn't seem to sell that model and even online I can't find many places with it and those with it don't want to just sell the cabinet!

    So far my options appear to be :
    • Buy an Aquascaper 300 cabinet + tank and move aquascape over.
    • Find somewhere that will sell me an aquscaper 300 cabinet only
    • Put up with an aqua one cabinet
    • DIY an ADA style cabinet (If anyone has any guides/examples I might be tempted...)
    Is there any options I am missing that are out there?
     
  2. tam

    tam Member

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    Hire someone to build one for you - sometimes a local handy person can be surprisingly cheap.
     
  3. alto

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    For some reason the EA 300 was discontinued a year or so ago

    Most decent build tables etc will support a 30cm aquarium

    Some IKEA offerings are fine but check the materials section for composition -
    I’d avoid the “paper foil” products ;)
    (most of their outsider or public use products are built to a different code)


    eg, You’ll see some IKEA products in this video (note some maybe modified to improve structural support)

     
  4. Imorpher

    Imorpher Member

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    Not a bad option this actually!

    Thanks for the video! I forgot to mention that I had been tempted by a 2x1 Kallax as it's the perfect size, it's just the issue of weight on it
     
  5. alto

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    A friend has kept quite large Aquariums on the Kallax system
    - choose the high gloss finish as it’s much more water resistant
    - build with care (tighten screws gradually in a pattern)
    - put in the extra dowels (usually available in a parts area - I’ve no idea why IKEA doesn’t supply sufficient dowels for the “holes”) as this adds extra support
    - look carefully at the build pattern ... a sideways Kallax may have more structure than a top down orientation (unless this has been changed)
    - retighten screws after a couple weeks, and then check every 6-12 months

    Immediately wipe up any spills
    Make sure it sits level on the floor without any twisting
    You can also add a top board and cross X supports at the back (though none of my acquaintances did so)
     
  6. alto

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