The DIY Aquarium Stand – Some Resources To Help You

Planning and researching your saltwater aquarium is an important and at times very frustrating stage.

One of these areas is what to place the aquarium on.

There are many ways in which to do this. You can purhcase an aquarium which is sold with an aquarium stand. If you are not interested in DIY then you can have someone make a stand for you, however a lot of people, like me, prefer to make their own aquarium stand.

At first the idea of making your own stand appears quite straight forward, however when you start to think about it it becomes apparant that it is not as simple as your first thought. You have to take into consideration the strength of the wood so that it can hold the weight, the type of wood so that it does not rot, the plan of the design so that any plumbing can fit and sumps can be installed and accessed plus many more details which need to be considered.
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  1. thanx all that submitted your plans!!!! excellent pictures and source of info!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Just a brief hello and to say thanks for posting your thoughts in this article. I somehow came upon your blog while researching health and fitness related stuff in Google… guess I managed to get somewhat sidetracked! In any case I shall be returning in the near future to read your blogposts down the road. Regards!

  3. Glad you found us and welcome.

  4. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Thanks for the info. Good stuff. Might me reconsider and I decided to buy one instead of making one after all. Good luck.

  6. We’ve been researching various ways to build aquariums for some time now. The first attempt was a total disaster. Luckily, we didn’t put any really expensive stuff in it. Thanks for the info – this blog has a lot of useful tips.

  7. Kudos to you on making your own stand. We love to re-purpose items whenever we can.

  8. Making a fish tank stand can be quite the task. I had purchased a 200 gallon fish tank a while ago and didn’t take into consideration just how expensive a nice stand would cost. At the time I was on a budget so I decided to make one. For the frame portion of the stand I used good quality 2×4’s, it sort of looked like a box frame sort of thing when I was finished. To make it look nice I went to home depot and picked out some fairly thin yet smooth panel board and got the guy to cut the panels to the exact measurements of my fish tank stand. Wen I got home I back glues the board and nailed them into place using finishing nails and covered the holes with filler. Next I painted some natural looking wood designs onto the face and sides of the stand and it turned out pretty cool looking. To finish it off I got some matching wood veneer end strips and rolled them onto the exposed panel ends, the ones I got need to be heated up with a iron to stick. When everything was finished it took almost 2 days but the project only cost me 100 bucks and a brand new stand would have cost around 500 bucks at the fish tank store.

  9. Glad all turned out well, you certainly saved some money,

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