Asked on Oct 6, 2017

Making cabinet stand for new 20Gal fish tank. Any unique ideas?

Fix It JenB. Enne27524803
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very limited funds, and some woodworking experience, but always willing to learn & try new ideas.

5 answers
  • 27524803
    on Oct 6, 2017

    One of the coolest ideas I have seen is to find an old free-standing TV cabinet, remove the guts, and slide the aquarium in from the back. (it would have to be one of the larger 60s or 70s ones). Refinish, paint, or stain. There should be some room left for mechanics and supplies.
    • Weepnseoul
      on Oct 6, 2017

      thanks Marty. wish I had a tv cabinet - sold lots of stuff before we moved, so lost many valuable resources/left overs. time to start collecting again.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I have years of experience with aquariums from 5 to 150 gallon tanks. The one thing that we started doing when we built our latest stands, was to get thick plywood, stain or paint to match the stand and put it under the stand with about 6 inches out from front and back, out the sides isn't as important. This will prevent most of the water spills from filling tanks, cleaning the tank and working with the filters. It really saves the floors. We don't make fancy stands, we feel it takes away from the décor in the tanks. I would suggest making sure you put on doors. We didn't do that to two of ours, and it doesn't look as nice as with the doors.
    • Nancy Turner
      on Oct 6, 2017

      We used mostly ply wood and a few 1x2's for the supports for the shelves. Because no floors are 100% flat, before you add water to the tank make sure you shim under the stand to make it level as possible. We did not have legs on ours. It may be a bit hard to make sure that 2x4's are strong enough for the tank with water, gravel, etc. unless it is for a small tank. You will need to put in some kind of shelves to hold all the supplies you will need to keep a healthy tank, air pumps, spare filter materials, fish foods and treats, gravel cleaner, glass cleaner.
  • 27524803
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Sometimes they show up at your local Good Will or thrift store... and you see them sitting on the curb for someone to just take... keep an eye out !!
  • Fix It Jen
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Remember to make it crazy sturdy, water is heavy and impossible to move after its full!
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