Updated: January 6, 2021 - By: - Categories: Equipment

Whenever you have an aquarium over 5 gallons, don’t ignore the need for an aquarium stand. Selecting the right aquarium stand can be as important as the aquarium itself. An aquarium stand needs to be sturdy and strong but still look nice at the same time. This article will sort out any hesitates you have when choosing a stand for your tank.

Best stands for different sized fish tanks

10-gallon fish tank stand (20 x 10-inch)

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

20-gallon fish tank stand (24 x 12-inch)

Model Our rating Dimensions For tanks Material Color
Imagitarium Newport Wooden 20-Gallon Tank Stand editor's ratingImagitarium Newport Wooden 20-Gallon Tank Stand 24.75″L x 12.75″W x 30.25″H 20-gallon solid wood black
Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 20 by 10-inch editor's ratingAqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 24 by 12-inch 24″L x 12″W x 28.25″H 20-gallon Steel black
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
Aquatic Fundamentals 20-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 20-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand 24.3″L x 12.5″W x 27.8″H 20-gallon Steel Black
editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 20-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand 24.3″L x 12.5″W x 27.8″H 20-gallon Steel gray
Flipper Wildwood 20 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingFlipper Wildwood 20 Gallon Aquarium Stand 27.5″L x 15.4″W x 30″H 20-gallon MDF wood Rustic Gray
Caitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand editor's ratingCaitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand 26.5″L x 13″W x 31″H 20-gallon Steel black

20-gallon long / 29-gallon tank stand (30 x 12-inch)

Model Our rating Dimensions For tanks Material Color
Aqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 30 by 12-inch editor's ratingAqueon Forge Aquarium Stand 30 by 12-inch 30″L x 12″W 29-gallon Steel black
Imagitarium Brooklyn 29 Gallon Metal Tank Stand editor's ratingImagitarium Brooklyn 29 Gallon Metal Tank Stand 30″L x 12.5″W x 29.5″H 29-gallon Metal black
Imagitarium Preferred Winston 29-gallon Tank Stand editor's ratingImagitarium Preferred Winston 29-gallon Tank Stand 30″L x 12.5″W x 29.5″H 29-gallon solid wood espresso
Flipper Wildwood 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingFlipper Wildwood 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand 33.07″L x 14.69″W x 30.32″H 29-gallon MDF wood Black Oak
Aqua Culture Deluxe 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAqua Culture Deluxe 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand 30″L x 14″W x 27″H 29-gallon MDF wood serene cherry with black door
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 31.37″L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 29-gallon MDF wood serene cherry
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 30.75″L x 12.75″W x 28.25″H 29-gallon MDF wood solar oak
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 31.37″L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 29-gallon MDF wood Black
Aquatic Fundamentals 29-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 29-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand 30.3″L x 12.5″W x 27.8″H 29-gallon Steel Black
Caitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand editor's ratingCaitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand 32.5″L x 13″W x 32″H 20-gal long / 29 gal Steel black

30/40/50 gallon tank stand (36 x 12 and 36 x 18-inch)

Model Our rating Dimensions For tanks Material Color
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 37.37″ L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 30-gallon MDF wood Black
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 37.37″ L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 30-gallon MDF wood Serene Cherry
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 37.37″ L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 30-gallon MDF wood Solar Oak
Caitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand editor's ratingCaitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand 38.5″L x 18.5″W x 33″H 40/50/65-gallon Steel black
Imagitarium Brooklyn 40 Gallon Metal Tank Stand editor's ratingImagitarium Brooklyn 40 Gallon Metal Tank Stand 36.5″L x 18.5″W x 29.5″H 40/50/65-gallon Metal black
Aquatic Fundamentals 50 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 50 Gallon Aquarium Stand 37″L x 19″W x 28″H 40/50/65-gallon MDF wood Black
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 37.37″ L x 19.37″W x 28.25″H 40/50/65-gallon MDF wood Solar Oak

55/60/75 gallon tank stand (48 x 12 and 48 x 18-inch)

Model Our rating Dimensions For tanks Material Color
Aqua Culture Deluxe 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAqua Culture Deluxe 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand 48.75″L x 14.25″W x 27.75″H 55-gallon MDF wood serene cherry with black doors
Imagitarium Brooklyn 55 Gallon Metal Tank Stand editor's ratingImagitarium Brooklyn 55 Gallon Metal Tank Stand 48.5″W x 13.5″D x 29.5″H 55-gallon Metal black
Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Aquarium Stand 49″L x 12.75″W x 28.25″H 55-gallon MDF wood Black
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 49.37″L x 13.12″W x 28.25″H 55-gallon MDF wood Serene Cherry
Aquatic Fundamentals 55-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals 55-gallon Metal Aquarium Stand 48.3″L x 12.5″W x 27.8″H 55-gallon Steel Black
Caitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand editor's ratingCaitec Bird Toys TitanEze Double Aquarium Stand 50.5″L x 13″W x 32″H 55-gallon Steel black
Flipper Wildwood 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingFlipper Wildwood 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand 50″L x 15.75″W x 30″H 55-gallon MDF wood Rustic Gray
Flipper Wildwood 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand editor's ratingFlipper Wildwood 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand 50″L x 15.75″W x 30″H 55-gallon MDF wood Rustic White
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 49.37″L x 19.37″W x 28.25″H 75/90-gallon MDF wood Serene Cherry
Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage editor's ratingAquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage 49.37″L x 19.37″W x 28.25″H 75/90-gallon MDF wood Black

Aquarium dimensions and weights

Tank Sizes Dimensions (L x W x H) Weight
2.5 gallons 12″ x 6″ x 8″ 27 lbs
5 gallons 16″ x 8″ x 10″ 62 lbs
10 gallons 20″ x 10″ x 12″ 111 lbs
15 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 12″ 170 lbs
15 gallons high 20″ x 10″ x 18″ 170 lbs
20 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 16″ 225 lbs
20 gallons long 30″ x 12″ x 12″ 225 lbs
25 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 20″ 282 lbs
29 gallons 30″ x 12″ x 18″ 330 lbs
30 gallons 36″ x 12″ x 16″ 348 lbs
40 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 16″ 458 lbs
40 gallons long 48″ x 12″ x 16″ 455 lbs
50 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 19″ 600 lbs
55 gallons 48″ x 13″ x 21″ 625 lbs
65 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 24″ 772 lbs
75 gallons 48″ x 18″ x 21″ 850 lbs
90 gallons 48″ x 18″ x 24″ 1050 lbs
125 gallons 72″ x 18″ x 21″ 1400 lbs
150 gallons 72″ x 18″ x 28″ 1800 lbs
180 gallons 72″ x 24″ x 25″ 2100 lbs

How to choose a durable aquarium stand?

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Aquarium stands are possibly the most overlooked part of a new aquarium setup. When an aquarium fails, it is most often because the support was not made to hold the concentrated weight of the water in the tank.

Keep in mind that standard furniture simply is not manufactured to be solid enough to hold a filled aquarium for its lifetime. Too many people believe that because a convenient piece of furniture appears strong that it will properly support the weight of the aquarium substrate, decorations, and water, about ten pounds per gallon.

The stand must be made to support the weight of the tank and contents without warping or twisting in any way. It is not about providing a flat surface under the bottom plate, but that the four corners are solid and immovable. The edges are important areas. If there is any warping or twisting the pressure placed on a glass plate will cause a stress crack and catastrophic failure.

Manufactured aquarium stands are made of a number of materials, solid wood, metal tubing, wrought iron, MDF (Medium Density Fiber). Some are high-grade furniture, but they all have a single thing in common, they are specifically made to hold the weight of the aquarium without any deformation that could place enough pressure on the glass plates to cause them to break. Many may look flimsier than other types of furniture, but the proper support where it is absolutely required makes all the difference.

Another often overlooked factor in aquarium longevity is where the aquarium system is placed. Since water is heavy, the weight will exaggerate floor movement. It is always best to locate a tank near a supporting wall if at all possible. This reduces vibration and movement as much as possible when people move around close to the aquarium. Their weight on an unstable floor can cause a lot of disturbance to the aquarium.

Where to locate an aquarium stand?

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Aquarium stand location is vital to the safety of the aquarium and its inhabitants over the long run. Be sure you understand where to locate the stand in a proper place.

There are a number of considerations to understand when placing the stand. Since the load will be quite heavy, it is always best to place the aquarium near a supporting wall. This will help to ensure that local foot traffic around the aquarium will not cause floor vibrations and/or movement of the entire system under normal traffic conditions.

Be aware that the wall itself may radiate either heat or cold depending on the outside conditions and the state of the insulation. In these cases, backing it off the wall a few inches may reduce the influence of the wall radiation on the temperature of the tank – without too many problems from floor movement.

It is also important that the location chosen for the aquarium does not allow direct sunlight to enter the aquarium. Sunlight will cause excessive growth of algae and should never be allowed to get into the tank.

If the sun can get into the back of the tank, that is not difficult to block with a background. If the sun can enter the sides or the front, you will either have to use a background on the side or eliminate the location and find an alternative one.

The ideal location is away from heating or cooling ducts. The aquarium will be using a heater to maintain a level and even temperature over time. Heating or cooling ducts can play havoc on the setting and can create variations on the temperature that is unhealthy for the fish. By removing any possible influence of ducts, the aquarium will be much better able to maintain the ideal temperature levels over the life of the tank.

How to assemble an aquarium stand?

Most aquarium stands are shipped knocked down and must be assembled. Although they come in a larger variety of styles, colors, and materials, they all seem to require the ultimate end user to build the unit from knocked down the package.

Because this is such an important piece of equipment, this is not a place where you should ever consider skipping any steps. Carefully follow the Aquarium stand assembly instructions. Make sure the resulting stand is solid, and sturdy with no movement in any direction when force is applied.

Do not use a piece of furniture that was not designed specifically to withstand the stresses and strains that an aquarium full of water, decorations, and gravel will place in a very concentrated and compact footprint.

It is especially dangerous to place an aquarium on any electrical item. Water and electricity do not mix, so when some water is spilled, the least damage that can be expected would be for the unit to be short-circuited. In the worst-case scenario, it is quite conceivable that a fire could be started. Play it safe, use a stand that is made for the aquarium and the weight it offers.

When you are finished building the stand, it should be sturdy and solid. It should not wobble or shake and should sit solidly on its legs. Adjust the legs, if possible, to make sure the aquarium will sit securely on the support and that the entire set is squarely sitting on the floor.

Another useful piece of advice is to ensure the interface between the fish tank and the stand is level before the tank is placed upon it. It is well worth taking the extra few seconds to test using a proper level. Be sure the stand is not warped or otherwise not a perfectly flat and smooth surface for the outside perimeter of the aquarium bottom.

Test the aquarium for any leakages

Test the aquarium to be sure the unit has been correctly manufactured and does not leak right from the start.

Once you are assured the tank is solid, it should be placed on the stand to ensure that it sits correctly and is a solid mating between the aquarium glass and the aquarium stand. Most aquariums are made properly and rarely leak.

However, it never hurts to make a small test before putting the aquarium on the stand.

As an old-timer, when the tank can fit in the bathtub, I put the new unit in there and fill it with lukewarm water at least halfway to full and wait for at least an hour to ensure the level remains the same.

To be absolutely sure, I mark the outside with a washable marker at the level that I have filled it to. Assuming the tank is allowed to sit between an hour and twenty-four hours, there will be no appreciable evaporation.

If the water drops from the mark, you know that there has been some water leakage. If this ever happens, it was very wise to test the aquarium before the tank was located in its final position.

Once you have been convinced there is no leak after the test, then the tank needs to be emptied and placed on the previously situated stand.

Once the aquarium is on the stand, the pair should become a single unit. There should be no place for the aquarium to move on the stand. It should match the stand and not move on it at all.

All four corners should be solidly supported. There may be a little settling along the edges as the weight of water forces the tank against the stand supporting edges, but this should be minimal. The important support is at the four corners, not a flat surface underneath the aquarium.

How to level the aquarium on the stand?

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Level the aquarium to ensure that the top of the water in the aquarium is not slanted or otherwise off-center when the aquarium has been properly filled.

This is the first time that a level should be used, before the water or any other materials have been added. The tank is as light as it ever will be, so adding shims under the stand is easiest at this point in the process.

If the aquarium is way out of level, consider moving the entire set-up to another location that offers a level foundation to set the unit up properly.

Check that the dry aquarium is level at the top and along the sides (plumb). You need to ensure that the unit is level in both of these planes to ensure there is no slope from front to back or from side to side.

Use wood or plastic shims under the aquarium stand legs if the angle is slight, or in extreme cases, the slope is too much to shim, move the tank and stand to a place where the floor is not warped or can sag enough to cause problems in the future.

The tank normally has some type of frame where the water is kept slightly above to cut off the top of the water. It should be level when filled to prevent sloping, either laterally from front to back.

If the floor is not level, you will identify it at this point.

If the problem is minimal, you should be able to shim it to the true level. If the problem is great, it would probably be best to move the tank to an alternate location with a more level foundation.

Remember this is the stage where you ensure that the framing of the living picture you will create is a picture of perfection. This is the process that ensures the top of the water is entirely behind the frame of the aquarium so it is very important to level the aquarium properly.

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

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