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Construction of a Custom StandFor a 75 Gallon Fish AquariumAfter talking about it for years, we finally decided to embark on a new hobby of fishkeeping.Myself being the sort who is incapable of doing much on a small scale, I suggested we start with a 75 gallon aquarium.
The following article outlines the construction of a dimensional lumber and plywood aquarium stand. Plywood or other sheeting - The sheeting used for this project will have the most effect on final appearance of the aquarium stand.
The next phase of the construction of the aquarium stand is to cover it with the sheeting of your choice. You can add other features such as shelves, lights or power strips to the inside of the stand to fit your needs.
When I built my 55 gallon aquarium stand, I was a little concerned about it being top heavy. Now, me and my husband decided to build a stand for the tank that we have empty, and tear down the 55g and put this 36g together.
Here in the US the commercially available stands are build in such a way that you would think they would collapse just by looking at them.
Now, that it is together I can see it too, it could hold probably a tank size of solid granit piece my stand under the 55g is made out of PARTICLE board (not even plywood), if the tank is not on it it is so flimsy, it has approx. When purchasing molding for an aquarium stand that you plan on staining, make sure the molding wood is of the same type as the sheeting.
Once again, make sure the wood is of the same type as the sheeting if you plan on staining.
The doors should be of the same type of wood as the rest of the stand for staining purposes.
The height of the aquarium stand is up to you, but most commercial aquarium stands around 32 to 36 inches high. These additional 2x4s are used on each of the vertical supports to give the stand frame a flat surface. Make sure to sand all areas of the aquarium stand before applying the finish to get the best result.


To take care of this concern, I added a layer of 2x4s to the bottom of the stand and clad them with the same sheeting used to build the stand. Make sure when designing your aquarium stand plan that it will not be too tall to fit in the area you have planned to place it. Once the finish is applied, the doors can be attached to the stand and the aquarium can be placed. Before purchasing the 2x4s, calculate how many you will need for the size of the aquarium stand you are building.
The length of molding needed can be estimated by looking at the aquarium stand plan for your particular aquarium size.
These 2x4s should be cut to fit snugly between the upper and lower rectangles of the aquarium stand. The finish used should be designed for use with the material used to build the aquarium stand.
Unfortunately the camera does not reflect the original color and of course it is not the final stage, but I just love this gunstock stain. Talk about your profit margin.These are very popular stands, made by one of the top companies and found in every fish store, so they must be adequate for the job. In order to adjust the design for the aquarium size, you would simply have to adjust the length and width of the wooden pieces. Do some shopping around but remember that this is also the most visible portion of the aquarium stand. The aquarium stand I built for this plan was higher than most because I wanted the tank to have a higher line of sight. The photo below shows some of the modifications I had to make to ensure the doors fit the stand properly and that they had a sound location on which to attach the hinges.
The rear of the stand does not need to be covered unless it is in view or if you are planning on storing a lot of items in the stand. The photos that show the progress of the aquarium stand build are from my 120 gallon aquarium, unless otherwise specified.


Remember that while thicker materials are typically sturdier, they are also heavier and will add a bit to the overall length and width of the aquarium stand. If the plan is to use the bottom for storage, a rear panel will keep things from falling out.
I looked around the net for some plans, just to save designing something from scratch, but the majority of what I found was just how to make the same thing I saw in the store. After all I know alot of herp keepers enjoy their fish quariums as well.Also, this same stand will work for a standard 90 gallon tank as well. This will distribute the weight of the aquarium over more of the floor space.The other two pieces will be the center braces for the front and back. Everything you've built so far is designed to support the weight of the aquarium, and it will do a fine job.
Take your time on this step, and make sure the doors are placed where you want them before attaching them to the hinges.You may also want to cut a 1x2 to fit under the top frame on each side between the center brace and the corner post.
Stain it the color of your choice, and attach the door pulls and you have a nice furniture quality stand that will support 10 times the weight of a store bought one for less than half the cost.Here is a picture of the finished stand in use. The aquarium is not finished, it is in the process of completeing the initial cycling of the water. If I do decide to do that, I will add that to this page.The retail price for a 48" aquarium strip light is around $82 here, and I will not pay that much money for a plastic flourescent strip light. All the associated aquarium equipment will plug in there and only one cord will go to the wall.



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