12-03-2012, 06:57 AM
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I built my own stand for my 125g tank, but did not build a hood to go with it. While they make the tank look nicer, it makes digging around inside far more cumbersome. Most hoods are very light weight, made as only 1x1 or 1x2 box with a skin of thin oak plywood (or other hardwood).
The stand itself is a different matter... I made a journal of the basic frame, but didn't continue with the skinning in oak part. DIY 125 Gallon Aquarium Stand | Geo's Aquarium
As the others said ... it can happen to anyone. My 125g actually bursted on me, well cracked top to bottom and drained just 3 weeks after setting up. Certainly got lots of water in the basement. It made me doubt my stand big time, but I couldn't find a fault in it, it was still level, flat, and strong enough by math to support the weight. I've now had the replacement up for about 6 months with no issues. I'm inclined to believe it was a fault in the tank itself rather than the stand.