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post #1 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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which stand do you use on your large tank

Hi Everyone,

i am just curious what you guys use as a stand for a large tank, of say 75g (or similar).

My preference would be something with doors to hide the cannister and other fish stuff inside. They have something at Big Al, but it is between 150 - 300 $ depending on model, and i honestly would want to see other options in the <200 $ with doors. I am not very mechanically inclided to do my own stand, but if price would be much much cheaper, i would consider seing if i could realistically do it. Also, i do like seing different setups, so pls feel free to send pics of your setups, no matter what it may be.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 03:19 PM
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I use https://secure.petco.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=234702 for my 75. Plenty of room under it, every time my mom tells me to clean up down here I just shove everything under there. Im sure it would be really easy to glue in some shelf hinges or whatever, not having shelves is the only downside really.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 06:50 PM
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If the aquarium is situated in a room where appearance matters, like a living room, family room, dining room, etc., an enclosed stand is a bonus. But if it is in a room where this is not an issue, you can use a cast iron stand for very good support. You could if clever at woodworking make a "front" with hinged doors.

Another option is very inexpensive: concrete blocks and 3/4 to 1 inch plywood. Here again one could make a front, or tack material around the plywood to drape down.

All my tanks are in a fish room, and I don't mind seeing under them. Attaching a photo of my 115g on a cast iron stand. And the 70g on the concrete blocks. And my concrete block and plywood stand for 2 tanks, this one I added a shelf for the air pump.
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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wow, i see it, and i dont believe it, never would have thought of these. Still, due to low space (living in a condo), would preffer a stand with doors.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 08:39 PM
No real imagination in my 60g stand. I was going to re-purpose an unused TV stand for my 29g when we dragged home the 60g ensemble from Petsmart. If you were handy a simple carcass could be made with 2x4" lumber either open or covered with plywood, but it sounds like that may not be an option. There are plans on the web. I think the open concept with a shelf would work for you as long as you keep things neat on the shelf.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 09:25 PM
The stand on my 55gallon in the middle of refilling it lol... It pretty sure it qualifies as one of those nicer expensive stands. I had to ask my parents just now lol... the things you never knew! Seems my dad built it when I was like 4 years old. Making it about 16 years old....


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post #7 of 13 Old 05-05-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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it sure is nice to see such diverse varieties, i sure am enjoying these pictures.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-06-2011, 08:49 AM
@Byron, Are you not worried about the extra weight cinder blocks will add to the overall tank, ie floor damage? They're quite heavy and they would be adding a lot of weight to an already very heavy tank.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-06-2011, 09:32 AM
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Im pretty sure byron has a ranch style kinda house.
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@Byron, Are you not worried about the extra weight cinder blocks will add to the overall tank, ie floor damage? They're quite heavy and they would be adding a lot of weight to an already very heavy tank.
Each concrete block weighs about 27lbs or so, so unless there's some issue with structure, it shouldn't be a problem. Besides, I think Byron's been doing this awhile and it looks like his floors haven't collapsed...yet :)

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