Updated: August 10, 2021 - By: - Categories: Equipment

Now that you have purchased your 10-gallon tank where does it go? A sideboard or cabinet may work, but with such a multitude of built-for-purpose options, that will support the tank’s weight and dimensions, a stand will be better in the long term. They come in an array of materials and designs so can fit with the aesthetic of your home, and provide additional storage space for all things aquarium-related to keep from cluttering.

Best 20-inch stands for 10-gallon fish tanks

Below is an assortment of the best 10-gallon aquarium stands currently available:

Model Our rating Dimensions For tanks Material Color
editor's ratingAmeriwood Home Flipper 10/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand 25″ L x 15.7″ W x 28″ H 10-gallon MDF wood Rustic Oak
editor's ratingAmeriwood Home Flipper 10/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand 25″ L x 15.7″ W x 28″ H 10-gallon MDF wood Black Oak
editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 10-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand 20.9″ L x 11″ W x 27.8″ H 10-gallon Steel Black
editor's ratingAqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 20 by 10-inch 20″ L x 10″ W 10-gallon Steel black
editor's ratingCaitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand 22.5″ L x 10.5″ W x 31″ H 10-gallon Steel black
editor's ratingImagitarium Brooklyn 10-Gallon Metal Tank Stand 20.5″ L x 10.5″ W x 29.5″ H 10-gallon Metal black

10-gallon fish tank stand reviews

Ameriwood Home Flipper 10/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand

The versatility of this stand having two bases to choose from, means if you ever decide to scale up to a 20-gallon you won’t have to spend a dime. Just flip the stand so the desired base for your tank is up, the smaller fitting a 10-gallon while the larger fits a 20-gallon, fitting the dimensions edge-to-edge perfectly; bear in mind this is for dimensions of tanks 20-25 inches in length.

You won’t have to worry about finding space for all the accessories and products related to the tank, this stand having a cabinet and two functioning shelves no matter which way it’s flipped. These shelves are a great option for any home décor, while the cabinet can be a discrete place to keep all things fish-related out of sight; maintaining its look as a chic piece of furniture.

Its medium brown wood design gives a classic look that will harmonize with most home styles, providing a minimalist nuance that doesn’t outshine the tank it is showcasing.

It does require self-assembly, being recommended to have two pairs of hands, but boasts easy set up with pictured instructions.

Take note that although robust and sturdy, coping well in a home with children and pets, that the tank length does not overhang the shelf as this will make it vulnerable to damage.

Aquatic Fundamentals 10-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand

With a strong, steel construction and a moisture-resistant finish, in black or grey, this stand has longevity in mind. The steel structure means it can support a 100Ib 10-gallon tank, dimensions 20.9 inches by 11 inches, with ease.

A bottom shelf can be used for the accompanying fish products or can even support an additional tank! The stand itself has a simple, elegant design, with scroll metalwork running down the sides, allowing it to complement most home styles without sticking out.

When constructing put loosely together then tighten the bolts when in the desired spot to create a sturdy support.

This tank can be purchased in 4 other sizes, 20-gallon, 29-gallon, 55-gallon, so if scaling up in the future you can still have the same style of stand in your home.

Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 20 by 10-inch

This aquarium stand is a great option for any aquarist looking for a multi-tank setup.

It is able to hold one 10-gallon tank, with a bottom shelf providing space for a second tank, 5.5 gallons, or any products and ornaments. The decorative front panel can be lifted to allow unimpeded access to the bottom shelf, which is especially useful if having a secondary tank.

Made from steel with a rust-resistant finish alongside reversible wooden panels, providing a bit of individuality, this stand is both durable and stylish.

An easy seven-step process is all that is required to put it together, and security pegs provide even greater stability to the top shelf tank removing any vulnerability.

Caitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand

Being a two-tiered stand it is a space saver if considering more than one tank, both shelves capable of holding a 10-gallon. Made from steel with double-wall construction and rust resisting powder coat you shan’t need to worry about it needing a replacement any time soon.

As it is open backed it can be placed easily in front of any needed plug sockets without blocking their usage. This also gives greater options in aquarium setup having space for CO2 supply systems for planted tanks and sump filtration for saltwater aquariums.

Taking no time at all for assembly, with no tools required, and being very cost-effective for a 2-in-1 it will make for a great choice.

Imagitarium Brooklyn 10-Gallon Metal Tank Stand

Combining function with contemporary beauty this steel stand will happily support a 10-gallon tank while enhancing the style of the room. Having an open back means no plug sockets are obstructed from use, giving more options for where you can place it.

A bonus of it being made out of metal means it comes with a coated finish to make it resistant to rust and moisture, a must with any tank stand. If ever leveling up to a larger tank but wishing to keep the same style, this stand has progressively bigger size options to choose from.

Incredibly easy to assemble it additionally comes with adjustable feet to allow for precise leveling before the placement of your tank, removing the possibility of damage caused by imbalance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a 10-gallon aquarium need a stand?

It is one of the first things to decide with any aquarium, where does it go? Any level, solid piece of furniture that has the measurements of the tank and can handle its weight will be ok.

A well-supported base should have four legs and use a leveler to check it is good enough to hold the tank flat. Any tilt will put water pressure on one side of the tank leading to leakages and damage.

Be mindful acrylic tanks are lighter but need greater bottom support, while glass tanks are heavier but are better at supporting themselves through their strength.

How much does a 10-gallon aquarium weigh?

When filled with water a 10-gallon tank weighs 111Ibs or 50kg, possibly even slightly more if containing heavy decorations like rocks. To test if the furniture can support the tank, first see if it can support the weight of yourself sitting on it.

The stereotypical dimensions are 20 inches by 10 inches, so make sure to also measure any furniture being considered alongside seeing what weight it can manage.

Can I put a 10-gallon fish tank on a desk?

Having your fish on your desk does make for a nice idea, giving you something to watch while working or if tight for space. Yet it will only work if following the criteria previously stated. If it cannot support at least your own weight without issue, then there is a chance of a wet floor and very unhappy fish.

Can a TV stand hold a 10-gallon fish tank?

TV stands have such an array of styles to choose from, which is part of their appeal, but a tank weighs much more than a TV. Having a solid one-piece made of hardwood or a sturdy metal stand will be best. Softwood or a two-piece unit will be likely to bow and bend under the pressure.

How do you make a 10-gallon aquarium stand?

If practically-minded you may wish to DIY a stand, the perks being you can create something specific for your tank and unique to match your home.

Remember to apply the same tips and tricks discussed above to craft your dream stand that will have long-term functionality for your aquarium.

When considering material do not be tempted to choose the cheaper stuff. It is much better to spend a few extra bucks than deal with the headache of low-quality lumber. Use wood that is straight and un-warped with no open knots and a nice grain.

In preparation measure and mark the wood for all pieces that will be cut for your design, keeping an eye on any flaws such as knots. You don’t want to be drilling a screw hole through a knot, so be aware when cutting the wood to keep flaws in parts that won’t be integral to its structure.

Lightly sand the “fuzz” off the wood if planning on painting the stand, but if wanting to have the natural woodwork on show it is better to sand more thoroughly. When staining or painting the pieces do so before assembly to give a much neater finish.

Lucas has been keeping successful fish, planted, and reef tanks for many years. He loves to collect aquatic organisms and keep as many aquariums as he can.

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