Nano Fish tank stand

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Project by bbandu posted 03-07-2014 09:50 PM 6197 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so I had someone ask me to build them a stand for there Nano tank (approx. 15 gallons)

She wanted a very simply style stand, here is a example picture that she showed me.
These stands sell in the $600 to $900 range.

The only real differenct that she didnt want the outside to be white and to have lots of wood grain showing. So i put my hands to the keyboard and came up with this for her.

I raised the shelf up, this would allow her to store all of her electronics in this compartment, and still have plenty of room for the filtration on the bottom. She also decided to go with two small doors instead of 1 single door.

Material list:
1 sheet 3/4 Red Oak plywood
1 roll edge banding
1 Can Marine Grade white paint
1 tube white caulk
Red Mahogany stain

So this is the final product.
Sitting on my work bench without doors

Sitting in her living room

She wanted the shelf area to be a moisture free as possible so I painted the inside of the stand with the marine grade paint and caulked all the seams.


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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 03-07-2014 10:51 PM

That’s a really neat looking solution. Is the 3/4 ply strong enough to support everything without additional brackets? I need to make something along these lines. Thanks for posting.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 10:59 PM

I cannot give you the max load that this stand will hold but can tell you that the tank sitting on it with the water sand and rock weigh in at close to 200lbs.

The only brackets that were used in the building of this stand was to attach the top, I did not do this for structural support but just to make it easier to take the top off the stand if she ever need to.

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 01:49 AM

Another Very Nice Project! Thank You also for The Many Details You have Provided.

I, and I’m sure “Others” appreciate that.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 03-08-2014 09:17 AM

That is so cool ,l was into aquariums myself at one time . l would silicone busted up granite rocks to the back of my aquarium covering the inside back wall and create caves for the fish, lay air stones in the bottom so the bubbles would break on the stones as they rise to the top , painted the back black on the outside and build a cabinet round them. It gave the aquarium an amazing 3D effect. Your project is cool and it brings back memories . Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 04:15 PM

Beautiful and well made stand! Great build, you really showed the beauty of the wood with those pretty grains and finish.

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#6 posted 07-21-2021 03:15 PM

Beautiful, are you for hire? I need a stand.

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#7 posted 07-21-2021 08:41 PM

Beautiful, are you for hire? I need a stand.

- Nano413

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