Choosing the Right Stand
The stand is an integral part of the aquarium system, and there are a few considerations to make when choosing this component. The stand serves the basic function of holding the aquarium in place, as well as concealing equipment and supplies below. There are two types of stands commonly available on the market, iron and wood. The iron stands are going to be the least expensive, and do not offer any cabinetry for concealing equipment. Besides the lack of storage, these stands are typically not very sturdy, and they tend to rust easily when exposed to saltwater.when choosing a wood stand never choose partical board the first it gets wet it will never be the same. always choose solid wood or good plywood , always be sure to check for sturdiness.
Wood stands are available in a variety of styles and finishes, which makes it easy to find one that will match the furniture in your home or office. When comparing different models, take some time to look at the craftsmanship, and place the stand on a level surface and test for stability. A stable aquarium is very important, especially if there are children and pets in the house. Aquariums are very top heavy and pose a definite risk of injury to anyone around if they are knocked over. Try to avoid stands made primarily out of particle board. Particle board does not hold up well in high moisture conditions, and if allowed to get wet repeatedly, will end up falling apart.
You can also design and make your own stand, or have the aquarium built into the wall. There are many different materials from which a stand can be built, concrete blocks being the most common. I have seen some spectacular stands built out of decorative concrete blocks. There are many different colors and textures of concrete blocks available on the market, which can be incorporated into any interior design. The advantage to blocks is the strength and durability. For stability, it is best if the blocks are stacked on bond; this means the joints between the blocks are staggered every row. Remember, though, blocks will add considerable weight to the system and this needs to be taken into account when determining the location of the aquarium.
An aquarium built into a wall can be a spectacular display without the added furniture or obstacles in the home or office. Typically, a wall with a closet behind it is needed in order to do this. Unless you have the carpentry experience, it is wise to consult a contractor in designing this type of display. As in choosing an aquarium, it is important no matter what type of stand that you choose that it be structurally sound, be of good craftsmanship, and have a reasonable warranty accompanying it.