If you are setting up an aquarium you will want something to put it on. Often the pair will be sold as a package deal.
Stands for the many different aquariums
available are made in both basic or more elaborate designs.
A stand for a fish tank must be strong to hold the weight of the water. Each liter of water weighs one kilogram so the total can be quite large for a full aquarium. For this reason it is best to avoid substituting a desk or other piece of furniture for a fish tank stand as them may not be as strong as they first appear.
Cheap fish tank stands may be simple but they will hold the load required. A basic stand will usually consist of 2 x 4 inch pine timber lengths joined using but joints and deep biting screws. These stands will usually be sold with no finish to keep costs down. They can be dressed up with a coat of wood stain or a curtain to skirt the front and sides.
Elaborate aquarium stands come complete with doors and walls as an enclosed cabinet. Pumps and fish keeping equipment can be stored below the fish tank out of site. Cabinet style aquarium stands are available using raw timber or can be ordered with a finish to match your home.
You may also have the option of buying a metal stand for your fish tank. These can be highly decorative when embellished with wrought iron scroll work. There are also more simple metal aquarium stands made from square tubular steel. If you choose either style of metal stand check it over for strong welds and an even coat of paint.
Aquarium stands are traditionally positioned against a wall so the electrical cords are out of the way. The floor should be even and flat to the aquarium water is not higher on any side of the tank. Choose your position carefully as the fish tank and stand are not safe to move while full.
To help the aquarium's weight distribute evenly a sheet of coolite should be placed between the aquarium and it's stand. These should be available where you purchase your aquarium equipment from.