Aquarium Building – 75-90 Gallon Aquarium Stand
Any large tank must be supported on a well designed stand manufactured or constructed with weight of the water it must suspend firmly kept in mind. In the case of this 75-90 gallon aquarium stand the weight will be between 750 – 1000 pounds when you use an average of 10 pounds per gallon. Water weighs about 8 pounds per U.S. gallon. The extra two pounds per gallon capacity is the added weight of the decorations and gravel or other substrate that is heavier per volume than water is.
I like the way this tank stand is constructed. The main support areas – the four corners are quite solid with numerous 2 x 4 pieces fitted into each corner. The actual weight must be held securely on the corners, not from the flat “tabletop” that people often assume is the main load bearing area. There is plenty of room to place a sump filter or a standard canister filter under the tank. There is no provision made for doors – I am sure they can be easily found and hung on the stand creating a cabinet.
The dimensions of the 75-90 gallon aquarium stand are 48″ x 18″, which are very close to the actual dimensions of the standard glass aquarium the unit is designed to support. In most cases it is best to obtain the aquarium before building the stand. There are often plastic rims and frames added to the glass box. These frames are not part of the original calculation of the aquarium dimensions for the most part. The frame can add between 1/4″ and a 1/2″ to the overall footprint of the tank on the stand.
As mentioned, the only place this is important are the four corners where you do not want the aquarium to sit over the legs of the 75-90 gallon aquarium stand. Besides looking unprofessional, overhang can cause undue stress on the glass plates. Over the long run, this can cause a stress crack to develop if the stand is not perfectly level and supported by the legs.
The Components of the 75-90 Gallon Aquarium Stand
The actual components and their dimensions are included in the video description. Parts for the 75-90 Gallon aquarium stand are all common household building materials. The full description follows:
Check out my 125 and let me know what you think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu0Bao…
If you want to take it even farther.
I know I didn’t do the best job describing how to do each step, so if you have any questions feel free to message me. This is my take on an aquarium stand. It’s for my Lake Malawi African Cichlids. Once the stand is completely finished, I’ll upload another video of it.
4- 48″ long
12- 15″ long
1- 1/2×18”x4′ plywood
If you are looking at supporting a 75-90 gallon aquarium, these may just be the plans. Even if the tank is a different size and bottom footprint, the building principles are sound. I can only encourage you to overbuild any aquarium support with careful attention to the four supporting legs. Adapting this design for most other smaller dimensions should not be difficult at all. This 75-90 gallon aquarium stand is well designed and easy to adjust the parts for a number of other standard glass aquariums.