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11-27-2010, 04:31 PM

Hey all, I am new to the site, just signed up. I did a little research on line but cannot find what I am looking for. I just bought a 125 gallon and stand, I got a really good deal but, the stand is by far the best money can buy. It is an engineered wood stand, basically partical board with a veneer over it. My concern is that the center of my tank (which is 72" long) is un supported. the stand is easily wiggled underneath the tank. The tank is only sitting on the outer most edges. I am worried about this and feel the tank should be firmly sitting and in contact with the stand.

Can anyone ease my worries or do I need to shim the middle of the tank? The back side (wall side) has legs which are firmly on the floor but, the tank isnt touching the stand!!! The front has doors and not much support directly to the floor.

Thanks to all!

New Orleans, LA


11-27-2010, 06:16 PM

Glass tanks only need to be supported on the outer edges so that part is oK. The ability to wiggle the stand is not oK. I dont really know what you mean the tank isnt touching the stand, unless it is levitating above the stand it must be on there. A filled 125G weighs around 1300lbs filled...If you dont trust the stand do not use it.


11-27-2010, 06:17 PM

The tank really only needs to be supported at the ends. I know several lfs that have 55-110g tanks that are supported just at the ends by cement bricks.

You said the stand is easily wigglable under the tank, does the tank have water in it? A 125g will weigh about 200lb empty then around 1400lb or more when full, there won't be any wiggling then. Fill it a little bit at a time and see if the tank/stand settle. You can shim the base of the stand near the floor. You don't want to shim it so much that a hump appears in the stand, that could cause stress in the middle of the tank.


11-27-2010, 06:20 PM

Hard to say without seeing it first.
Got any pics? Get a few angles and post them here if you can.

Lady Hobbs

11-27-2010, 06:26 PM

The wrought iron stands works in much the same manner. Open except for the frame and it easily moves, too. The weight of the water holds it firm tho. I have a feeling that since this stand was built for this tank, it's probably just fine. I doubt they would build a stand to hold that tank unless it actually does hold the tank.


11-27-2010, 10:15 PM

Let me try to clarify some. The tank, 72"x18", is empty and on the stand. The stand is sturdy, it does not wiggle with the tank on it but the middle runners that the long edges of the tank are suppose to sit on do not touch. I can, with the tank on the stand and empty, wiggle the middle back and forth about a half inch. The edges of the tank are contacting the stand well and there is no wiggle as the full weight of the tank is resting on the two 18" long sides. I am thinking of running two felt strips along these two 72" runners to transfer some of the weight to the stand. This or I am going to file down the two 18" sides untill the tank rests firmly on all four sides of the stand.

Sorry, I cant figure out how to resize my pictures small enough to post.

Thanks for all of your comments.



11-27-2010, 11:39 PM

That much wiggle should be fine. When you fill the tank it is going to sag. All over, but that 1/4 inch gap will disappear.

If the stand has no obvious water damage and is sturdy otherwise, don't worry any more than you would about 1300 - 1700 pounds of water and rock.

Obvious water damage to an "engineered wood" stand would be gritty swollen wood instead of nice smooth surfaces.


11-27-2010, 11:54 PM

I have yet to see a tank sag but the sides do bow out.
You can shrink your pics with MS Paint.I resize to about 45% and then the pics will be small enough to use the Manage Attachments function.


11-28-2010, 12:13 AM

I figured it out! This site has a great write up on how to resize.

Here is the set up. As it sits i can open the middle door grab the frame and wiggle it back and forth along the 18" dimension of the tank.

Thanks for the input. I am going to do something about this. I cannot leave it being the worry wort i am. I find it hard to believe this tank will bend that much, glass isnt very bendy, im afraid it will put too much stress on the seams.


11-28-2010, 04:32 AM

The tank will not bend on the bottom.
You do have supports that are not the pieces that your doors close against are considered supports.
I would have a block of wood under the two center supports on the front and put some under any that are in the back of the stand( as in pic).That will take the sag out of the middle.Make them and install them before you fill the tank.The stand will hold no problem.
I put a sheet of plastic 3/8" foamcore under my tank but my stand was square and level.

Lady Hobbs

11-28-2010, 05:02 AM

Before you sit that tank up, is it right infront of a window? Hard for me to tell but it looks like a window from the pic. You want to make sure no sunlight hits the tank so you aren't getting a green algae tank.

Some put a sheet of styrofoam under their tank. Evens out an imperfections. Tank and stand look very nice!

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An Aquarium stand can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials.  In any aquarium, an the stand is an integral piece of a complete setup. This is particularly importantly in a saltwater aquarium due to the fact that the vast majority of hobbyists will place a sump in the stand so the stand will function at the back-end operations of the aquarium.  This article should provide you some in-depth detail the 5 things you should know about an aquarium stand so you can make the best decision for your aquarium.

#1 Know the Type of Aquarium Stand

Before I can get into more detail about aquarium stands, we need to address the various types of aquarium stands you will come across.  When shopping for an aquarium stand, there is a high amount of variety in quality.  When it comes to a saltwater aquarium and larger freshwater aquariums, the importance of quality needs to be taken into account. and when it comes to the needs of a saltwater aquarium. The importance of quality needs to be taken into account. We are going to break down stands into four types:

  • Standard Aquarium Stands – AKA big store stands
  • Brand Name Stands
  • Custom Built Stands
  • DIY Stand

A standard aquarium stand is ones you will commonly find in a general pet store or online like the All Glass Pine Stands. They are typically made of particle board and MDF.  Many of these stands are made as cheap as possible.  While they can work in a freshwater setup or no sump setups, they will not suit the needs of a saltwater tank or larger freshwater aquarium in the long run.  The reason why is because if a sump is installed the stand, the high humidity produced inside the tank from the sump can cause wrapping from the inside of the stand.  Furthermore, spills inside of the stand from maintenance can also cause problems.  Once the warping occurs, the damage cannot be reversed and can compromise the structure of the stand. It is for these reasons, that I do not recommend a standard aquarium stand from general pet stores for a saltwater or larger freshwater setup.  There is simply too much investment made into your tank setup for it to be ruined by going cheap on a stand.

 A brand name stand is furniture made by high-end manufacturers who specialize in making stands for hobbyist.  The best example of these stands would be the stands that you find in all-in-one aquariums and rimless aquariumkits.  These stands are very well designed with a wood or metal frame (typically aluminum or stainless steel).  If they are wood, they will usually be designed with plywood instead of MDF.  They will often have features that suit the hobby (Storage shelves, cable ports, etc). A common brand at fish stores are R&J Enterprises cabinets, which are a step up from the chain store cabinets. These stands are great choices for anyone getting into the hobby.

A stand is typically built by custom aquarium manufacturers or Brand name specializing in high-end builds.  They are typically made to order and are the most expensive types of aquarium stand.  They can be made of wood or metal.  They will typically be designed with customized cabinet doors and shelves to suit the requirements of the aquarium.  They are of superior quality, but suited for a high-end budget.

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#2 Know the Materials of your Aquarium Stand

There are several types of materials for a stand that you should be familiar with when looking at either purchasing or building your own:

  • MDF/Particle Board
  • Plywood
  • Metal

MDF or particle board is the cheapest type of wood used for stand manufacturing.  It is commonly used with store chain brand stands or stands that are imported. They usually do not hold up in a saltwater aquarium because of high humidity from your sump or wrapping over time.  MDF would only be okay to use if you are either hiring a carpenter to build your stand or you are familiar with woodworking and know how to paint and seal it.  

Plywood is the standard when it comes to quality aquarium stand building.  It is typically used in higher end branded stands and is the go-to material if you are considering a DIY stand.  Plywood is a very strong building material and less susceptible to water damage then MDF.  Plywood is also the material used to build higher end kitchen cabinets due to their durability.  It is stainable and several veneers are available for you to produce a custom look.  They can be painted or sealed and the quality of the material will stand the test of time.

A metal stand is typically used for larger aquariums.  They have great structural support and a mix of metal and wood can be used to build a custom stand. Because of the greater structural strength, a metal stand will be more open which will increase your access to your sump and back-end electronics stored in your stand.   Metal frames are usually made with stainless steel or aluminum. Aluminum is particularly popular outside of the US, but are gaining traction in the US as they are lightweight. A stand built from T-Slot Aluminum Framing Systems is particularly useful for those attempting a custom build for a large aquarium – though can be very expensive.

Metal Aquarium StandMetal Stands are Typically Used for Large Custom Aquariums

#3 Know about Openings and Stand Heights of your Aquarium Stand

In general, a stand will be open at the top.  While this will work well for glass aquariums, you will need support the entire bottom of the tank if it is made of acrylic. For rimless aquariums, it is recommended that you purchase a self-leveling mat. This is because in a rimless aquarium the wood can cause pressure points in the glass.  Many manufacturers will sell the support needed for an acrylic and rimless tank.  It is helpful to have an opening at the top if you are going to place a sizable sump as sometimes when the sump is placed in the stand, it will be impossible to move out of the aquarium stand once your tank is installed.

Another consideration when purchasing or making an stand is the amount of room available for equipment underneath the aquarium. Large door openings and plentiful space help in hiding the amount of equipment associated with reef aquariums. If you plan on keeping a sump under your aquarium, you will need to consider having enough room to hold all your equipment and sump while still having room to maintain it. One of the main disadvantages of many standard aquarium stands is that they have a brace in the middle of the stand that will get in the way of maintenance. Many high-end and DIY aquarium stand configurations do not have this brace.

The height of the stand will also impact your viewing enjoyment. Ask yourself if you are going to be spending most of your viewing time standing or sitting.  A standard sized aquarium stand is built for viewing while sitting down and will usually be shorter than 30 inches. Many of the all-in-one aquariums and higher end aquarium stands these days will have taller stands – usually 30 to 36 inches. Most DIYers will also build a stand to 36 inches in height.

#4 Consider a DIY Aquarium Stand for Maximum Utility

Making a stand versus purchasing one is a serious consideration for experienced reefers or those with carpentry skills.  Purchasing a stand is typically going to be more expensive, but you will not have to worry about constructing the stand yourself and if you are following this guide it is very likely you will end up purchasing a high-quality stand that will last throughout your aquarium journey.

For those of you considering a DIY aquarium stand, most of the DIY stands are constructed out of wood.  Below is a picture frame and guide from the reefcentral forums by member RocketEngineer.  This is a 21 piece design that has been used by many reefers who have ventured into DIY stands.   This is a simple yet solid design that can be created with the use of common tools and common wood sizes and should work for most standard size aquariums:

DIY Aquarium StandThe basic principle of the design is two box frames connected by four legs. The legs are made of several pieces of 2X4’s to assist in construction and seething the stand in plywood for strength and cosmetics. The bottom frame transmits the load of the tank into the floor. Covering the sides of the stand with plywood will help to stiffen the stand against twisting and shifting. Doors could then be mounted to the legs as desired.  The design can also be modified to include flooring at the bottom of the tank.

If you want more of a step by guide to building a custom stand, you can check out GARF’s stand calculator. This calculator is a great tool as all you do is enter in your desired dimensions and the calculator will product a cut list, tools needed, and assembly instructions.

When painting your stand, considering sealing the inside of your stand with a Spar or Marine Varnish. An oil based primer is ideal.

#5 Canopy or No Canopy with Your Aquarium Stand

With the advent of rimless aquariums and ceiling and tank mounted lighting systems, the canopy is starting to become less common these days.  It’s really up to you regarding the look of your aquarium.  Not purchasing a canopy can save you some money, but there are still a number of hobbyists who still use them.  If you are concerned about fish jumping out of your tank with a topless system, you can opt for mesh screening to prevent jumping. 

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Aquarium Stands Closing Comments

I hope this guide provides you with a lot of insights on what to look for when it comes to selecting a quality aquarium stand.  A stand in a key part of your aquarium and needs to stand the test of time. Please share and thank you for reading.


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A cabinet grade plywood box is all that is needed to hold up any but the most gigantic aquarium. Built so the plywood edge is under the edges of the aquarium it leaves the most room inside the stand (No Bracing needed if properly fastened). Pocket screws and a good glue (Like tite bond) and your good to go.

Mine is made of maple ply, melamine sheet and a solid maple face frame. These are old build pictures but you get the idea.

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