This free woodworking plans category lists places on the net on how to build aquarium stands, aquarium canopies and cages. Aquariums are their own little ecosystem. An aquarium (plural aquariums or aquaria) is a vivarium consisting of at least one transparent side in which water-dwelling plants or animals are kept. Aquaria are primarily used for fishkeeping, although invertebrates, amphibians, marine mammals, and aquatic plants are also housed in aquaria.
Here you see a stand design that takes advantage of woodâs best qualities while accommodating its faults. The five pairs of legs with their plywood inserts were assembled first. Note the routed groove for the plywood, the notches for the shelves, and in the background the half inch space under the plywood.
I had very little experience building anything prior to attempting this type of project. I researched as much as I could find on the internet and through discussion groups. Once I felt I had all I needed, I jumped right in and tried to make my tank as fast as possible. (Hint: taking your time is best) One smart thing I did, was planning on building a small version of my tank first. The theory being, if it leaks, I won not have a ton or more of water on the floor.
This is the 55 gallon tank stand I designed. I personally did not want to spend the hundreds of dollars on a stand, and to have it not designed specifically for me. Instead, I spent roughly $130 on one that was designed specifically for me...and built by me.
Step by step guide to build an aquarium stand. This was my first solo attempt at creating an aquarium stand. In the end it worked out fairly well and I have learned enough that I feel I can tackle a stand for the 135 Gallon tank that we will be purchasing shortly. In total this project cost approximately $85 Canadian for the Stand, Canopy and all the electronics (light fixture and bulbs).
When it comes to tank sizes, bigger is better! My fish were outgrowing my 33 gallon and I needed a bigger tank. The local fish stores wanted too much for their tanks. I had read about plywood tanks before and I do enjoy DIY projects. The solution was to build my own tank.
I have never built this aquarium, and cannot guarantee that it will work, but someday plan to give it a try. It seems like a good idea and I cannot see any reason why it should not work, and save you some dollars.
After about a week and a half of planning and debating over what dimensions of wood I would use I finally got this started and finished in one day. Here is the plans that were made using Google Sketch-up.
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