Custom Built Aquarium Stand

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Project by SimonSKL posted 03-30-2012 04:55 AM 8604 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my other hobby is saltwater aquarium this project combines both hobbies! This is a new 125 gallon saltwater reef aquarium that I just finished.

The stand is made of 2×6, 4×4, and 2×4 in order to support close to 2000 lbs of weight of water, rocks, sands, and canopy
(Sorry, limitation of pictures posted here would not allow full frame of the picture)

The “skin” of the stand are all detachable so I can stain them in the garage.

To keep the weight down for the canopy, it is mostly made of oak plywood.

Finish was Varathane waterbased Traditional Cherry stain with polyurethane mixed with some red dye.

The tank is still going thru cycling so there are no live stock or corals in it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 05:32 AM

Thats a great looking setup. I really like the marine aquariums, a good friend of mine has a large one.

-- - Martin

#2 posted 03-30-2012 06:06 AM

Great job.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 07:58 AM

Real nice set up and great build. Wheres the fishees? :>) Should serve you well, it really looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 10:16 AM

very nice and well designed.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 04:26 PM

That’s really cool. Yet another on my list of want to build. We have two tanks about that size. They are not salt water, but they do need nice stands and canopies.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 05:41 PM

Wow. Just beautiful. I’ll bet to buy something like that (if you could) would be quite spendy!
At one time I was into SWA’s. As a wreck diver off NC I was able to bring live rock and tropicals home for just the cost of the dive and air fills.
Thanks for sharing your work with us. Hope to see some pics down the road once fully conditioned and stocked.

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 09:24 PM

That is very impressive, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Rick S.

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 08:38 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 12:58 AM

Nice timing on this post. I just sat down after working all day in the shop on my 6 ft long, 155 gal salt water tank Bow front cherry stand. The shell is prefinished clr. maple plywood, wrapped in solid cherry.

Yes, I said bow front. I build cabinets all day long but making a bowed cabinet with a bowed hood and bowed edge trim and bowed base, not to mention bowed raised panel doors….I’m bowed out!! Ha!

Geeez, it takes 10 times as long to build one like this! But I’m having fun and, seeing your cabinet FINISHED, has been an inspiration to keep going until it’s done. Hopefully, I’ll have fish in it by middle of summer.

Is that a steel pan in the bottom? I thought about it but decided if it’s gonna over flow, a 2 inch pan isn’t going to help. And, I maintan my tanks pretty good so I shouldn’t have water problems. I hope.

Good job!

Ps – that was smart putting doors on the sides for access.

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 03:02 AM

Mark, I can only imagine the challenges that you have to face to build a cabinet and canopy for a bow front tank. I built a cherry “skin” and canopy for my 92 gallon corner tank 5 yrs ago and I took somewhat of a shortcut on that to get that done (the glass is curved but the stand and canopy were pentagon in shape).

That isn’t a steel pan. It was Formica that I used to contain minor spills or flood. It probably can hold 20 gallons of water before it gets to the carpet. You are right it isn’t going to help much for major flooding but for the last 5 yrs with my 92 gallon tank, I have numerous minor spills but no major flood.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 05:53 PM

Great job!

-- Life has a funny way of getting back at you for your actions. It's Comming...

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 06:37 PM

I begin the build for my new 125 tomorrow morning.
I am hoping it comes out this nice.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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