Going Green: How to Reinforce an Old Aquarium Stand

What You'll Need
Aquarium stand
2 by 4 lumber

An aquarium stand is a place where you put your aquarium. A customized stand can include a cabinet that can be used for storing your pumps and aquarium supplies. It can also act as a case for several aquariums or for making a stylish lighting system more prominent. You can also build your own stand if you are not satisfied with commercially available models. However, your main concern should be the weight of the aquarium. No matter how sophisticated you make your stand, it will all be useless if it will collapse because of the weight of the aquarium. There are various options for making a stand sturdier.

Step 1 – Choosing Your Aquarium

Before reinforcing your stand, decide on the type of aquarium you want. You can discuss this with an expert or your aquarium supplier. The choices that you will decide on will set the boundaries for your aquarium stand. You should also decide on whether you will have an acrylic or glass aquarium. Each kind will need a different kind of support.

Step 2 – Choosing Your Location

Choose a site in your house that is best suited for an aquarium. This will further help you to decide on the size of the tank that you will put on your stand. A hard floor would be better than a carpeted one because of the damages that can be done by the weight of the aquarium and stand, and because of the water that will occasionally spill from the tank. Make sure that the flooring is level and has the structural strength to carry the weight.

Step 3 – Purchasing the Aquarium

Once you have decided on the kind of tank that you will have, you should then purchase it. Having the tank itself will allow you to have all the basic data that you will need in reinforcing your stand. If you already have an aquarium and stand, consider the construction of the stand.

Step 4 – Reinforcing the Stand Top

If your aquarium stand is made from wood, take a look at how the top is secured on its legs. If they are connected by screws, you should notch the legs or have them notched at a lumberyard or hardware. This will make the top more secure and allow the weight of the aquarium to rest on the wood itself rather than on the screws. If you choose to do the project yourself and you do not have basic carpentry skills, it would be best to consult with an expert first. If it is a metal stand and it is connected by screws, you should have it welded for better structural strength.

Step 5 – Adding Wooden Support

You can also reinforce your wooden aquarium stand by adding a couple of supports for the bottom of aquarium frame. These should go from the front to the back. Use a couple of 2 by 4s that are spaced evenly away from the sides. Additional support should be added to the middle of the front and back portions of the frame. These should be aligned with the outer edge of each section.