Here is a calculator
that Scott Morell has developed to assist you in building
your own aquarium stand for tanks up to 500 gallons. These stands have two
parts to them the frame and the removable facade. Just enter the length
and width of the tank, the height for the stand along with a few extra questions.
A materials list will be calculated and displayed on the following page
for the stand frame and the fasade along with assembly instructions for
The stand frame will
be built using 3/4 inch plywood. We will be making "Lamination Beams"
by cutting the plywood to size and laminating them together to make beams
that are 1-1/2" thick and 2-1/2" or 4" wide. This makes a very strong beam
that will not warp. The floor, top and all four sides will be covered with
The facade will be
made using a combination of lumber and plywood. The facade will be a single
unit that will slide over the front and sides giving a nice finished appearance.
We like to make the facade high enough to cover the substrate in the tank.
That way you are not looking at the ugly part of the glass below the sand
Calculator for tanks 10 to 125 gallons similar to stands found at your
Canopy Calculator For canopies 7 to 14 inches tall with a hinged top.
High Profile Canopy
Calculator for Canopies taller than 14 inches. This canpoy has doors on the front with optional access doors on the ends.
Option of full or partial back for hang on equipment.
Construct these stands at your own risk. The authors and GARF will not be responsible for any damage or injury
caused by improper construction of the stands. The combination of wood and
water can lead to serious consequences, so please use common sense or consult
a professional carpenter if you do not have the proper experience.
Completed Stand (Frame & Facade)