06:23PM | 04/14/04
Member Since: 04/13/04
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I own a company that sells solid oak aquarium stands and canopies. My vendor/manufacturer is offering to build and sell stands/canopies for aquariums out of MDF.

My question is... Can an MDF stand fully support a fully loaded aquarium with up to 150-gallons of water in it?

If special considerations need to be given, what are they? Will MDF warp/bend/break under that amount of weight?

I appreciate your help!

- Dustin


06:58PM | 04/15/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
I do not know the load bearing difference between an equal size, span, length and amount of a board made from Oak vs MDF (though I suspect Oak will surpass MDF in every way) so I cannot comment as to which would be 'better' for weight bearing, but I DO know that oak when wet will not nearly deteriorate as much as will MDF under similar conditions.

Bottom line: if you can afford the difference, ALWAYS choose oak.


12:27AM | 04/21/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
150 gal. is 1,251.75 pounds, so they do need to build the proper stucture that is for sure.

Can't offer much more than that without knowing what they are doing... here is an mdf span chart

MDF is not good around water, if the the tank will sweat underneath that may be a no no, but they may be covering it with veneer & sealing it, don't know, right?

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


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