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 Build Your Own Aquarium Stand For Tanks Up to 500 Gallons

Here is a calculator that Scott Morell has developed to assist you in building your own aquarium stand for tanks up to 500 gallons. These stands have two parts to them the frame and the removable facade. Just enter the length and width of the tank, the height for the stand along with a few extra questions.  A materials list will be calculated and displayed on the following page for the stand frame and the fasade along with assembly instructions for both.

The stand frame will be built using 3/4 inch plywood. We will be making "Lamination Beams" by cutting the plywood to size and laminating them together to make beams that are 1-1/2" thick and 2-1/2" or 4" wide. This makes a very strong beam that will not warp. The floor, top and all four sides will be covered with 3/4" plywood.

The facade will be made using a combination of lumber and plywood. The facade will be a single unit that will slide over the front and sides giving a nice finished appearance. We like to make the facade high enough to cover the substrate in the tank. That way you are not looking at the ugly part of the glass below the sand level.

Stand Calculator for tanks 10 to 125 gallons similar to stands found at your local stores.

Low Profile Canopy Calculator For canopies 7 to 14 inches tall with a hinged top.

High Profile Canopy Calculator for Canopies taller than 14 inches. This canpoy has doors on the front with optional access doors on the ends. Option of full or partial back for hang on equipment.

Construct these stands at your own risk. The authors and GARF will not be responsible for any damage or injury caused by improper construction of the stands. The combination of wood and water can lead to serious consequences, so please use common sense or consult a professional carpenter if you do not have the proper experience.

Figure 1.
Completed Stand (Frame & Facade)

Tank Length
1/4" increments
Tank Width
1/4" increments
Stand Height
1/4" increments
Facade Height
1/4" increments
Number of Door Openings(Front)
General rule of thumb for number of door openings for the length of canopy
20" to 36" - 1 opening
36" to 48" - 2 openings
49" to 72" - 3 openings
73" to 96" - 4 openings

Do you want access doors on the ends of the canopy?
Doors on Ends
Solid Panels on Ends
Number of Door Openings(Side)
General rule of thumb for number of door openings for the Width of canopy
20" to 36" - 1 opening
36" to 48" - 2 openings

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