Custom Built Aquarium Stand

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Project by SimonSKL posted 07-16-2009 06:04 PM 24142 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my other hobby is aquarium I thought I would share with you a aquarium stand that I built. The aquarium is a 92 gallon corner tank but the commercially available stands are expensive and filmsy, most made of particle board or pine. I decided to build my own.

Instead of just a stand for the tank to sit on, I decided to build a sturdy stand made of 2×4 but covered both the stand and the tank with a facade. A sturdy stand is important as the whole set up weighs about 1500 lbs. The facade is made of cherry and is not weight bearing. If need to the whole facade can be removed quickly by removing 4 screws. There are plenty of openings to access the sump area as well as routine maintenance to the display tank. Here are a few of the construction pictures and the occupants.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 06:24 PM

Awesome job. I too am addicted to my saltwater fish. That isnt just a stand, it’s fine furniture for you fish!

-- twinsdad, Tonawanda, New York

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 06:29 PM

Very nice. Thats a great looking setup. I can even see smiles on the fish. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 06:52 PM

Thanks so much for the post!

I have a 75gal tank ready for setup as a reef, I too did not like the commercial stands and decided to build mine as well, I have the weight bearing structure built and you could park a truck on it but have been slowed down a little bit trying to figure out how I wanted to finish the stand’s exterior, I must have drawn 100 different pictures and as yet have been dissatisfied, but It never even occurred to me to make it a removable facade…..what a stroke of genius on your part! Thanks for the idea and the new direction.

Any more pictures?


-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 08:33 PM

Looks great Simon cool design and good build plus super finish


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#5 posted 07-16-2009 09:26 PM

Great job. I’ve been wanting an aquarium for a while now. This is very inspiring. Thank you.


-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 10:08 PM

Nicely-done. I sold all my tanks, but if I get back into it eventually I’m going the built-in route with 150+ gallons.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 07-16-2009 11:13 PM

Sure looks a lot nicer than making a cabinet from an old console tv. Beautiful job. My wife threw out my aquarium and my fishing pole several years ago. Do kinda miss the aquarium, though. Thanks for the post.

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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 07:12 AM

Looks fantastic. I share both hobbies as well and have built a few aquarium stands all the way up to a 225 gallon. I really like your SW setup too.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#9 posted 07-17-2009 07:59 AM

Hey, I like your aquarium stand. You are right..most of the stands in the stores are flimsey and crap. I have a 65 gallon (fresh water) and i am really not happy with the cabinet. I should make one…one of these days. Great job.

-- "Always keep your pencil sharp and ready"

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#10 posted 07-18-2009 05:10 PM

Great looking aquarium set up. I never realized they weighed so much.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-07-2011 10:16 PM

I just finished a stand for the same aquarium. Didn’t see yours until I was done. I like the 2-piece idea. Why didn’t I think of that! How’s it working now 2 years later?

-- We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers.

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#12 posted 09-08-2012 03:32 AM

Nice work! I’m working on a similar project, do you have any plans or CAD drawing to share?


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#13 posted 09-08-2012 03:31 PM

Jeremy, Thanks for the compliment. When I built the stand, the plan was on paper which was thrown away later so I can’t share that with you. Sorry.

A couple suggestions if you are going to build something similar.
1. Build your stand as tall as possible so you have enough height for all your equipment and sump.
2. Build your stand as far away from the walls as you can and cover the spaces with trims. This gives you more space both behind and underneath the stand.


-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#14 posted 09-27-2012 02:01 AM

Simon, I just posted some pictures of my almost done aquarium stand. It based on your pictures. Thanks for the advice.


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