Aquarium stand

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Project by Dadoo posted 09-10-2007 05:17 PM 3034 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my new aquarium they had a flimsy pine and pressboard stand that you could purchase for $200.00 more. First, this is a 45 gallon aquarium…it weighs a lot! Like around 400+ pounds filled. Second, the thickest board on their $200.00 special was 3/4” pine. The pressboard was 1/4” paneling! There was a 1/2” plywood base for the aquarium to sit on. I not only couldn’t see paying $200.00 for junk, I also couldn’t trust it. There’s no way that thing could hold up for long!

The stand I built is sitting on a 2×4 base with 3/4” baseboard and the rest is 3/4” Birch Plywood. All the joints are screwed and glued. It’s tough, it’s strong, and it’s about 6 years old now. I built this for less than $75.00.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 05:29 PM

you forgot to say “and it’s beautiful” !!!!

Great “save” from disaster.

((don’t you just love watching plecostomus’ do their work?? (I have no idea how you spell that but that’s how we used to say the name))

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 06:26 PM

I don’t know how to spell “Plecks-costomus” either. But yeah, they do a great job cleaning the algae. And they grow huge! I saw two at the local aquarium store (this one mentioned in fact) that got to be 4’ long! This one will be transferred to my pond one day. And thanx for the nice comment!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 06:36 PM

Them’s some big fish! I think they have a neat home. Good work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 08:43 PM

in a pond—never thought of that… they probably aren’t “northern” fish though.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 10:07 PM

You saved $125 and got a better stand. You can’t beat that at all! Plus, you had fun making it and got more woodworking experience along the way. Sounds like a win / win to me.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 10:50 PM

Functional + Cost Effective=Great Woodworking Project. Nice job, looks great

Every time I see an aquarium I thing of something W C Fields once said…....”Water? Never drink the stuff, fish #&@% in it”.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 09-11-2007 01:35 AM

very cool…makes me want to start an aquarium again…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 03-05-2008 07:04 PM

Great little stand you have there. How do you filter the water….or do you have to with Koi?

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#9 posted 03-05-2008 10:58 PM

I did raise 4 Koi awhile back, 3 died due to disease from the damn pet store and the 1 that did live grew so fast (12” in 6 months) that we had to give him away to a local pond. Goldfish and Koi are dirty, or they create a lot of mess in a little time. We use a Aquaclear 70 to filter this tank. I’m in the process of designing/building a pond (35’x15’ and 4’ deep) in the backyard and once that’s functional, I’ll start raising the indoor Koi again. And then I’ll have to join GardenTenders to post those pics!

Please excuse these pics, the flash bleached out the walls and made the water look dirty as well as two tone coloring on the stand.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 07:26 PM

Very nice looking aquarium stand. I realy like the finish.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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