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Does anyone have their stands? Are they any good? And is there a place for the equipment?
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I have 2.
The smaller one has an open shelf area beside a cabinet area with a door.

The larger has cabinets with doors at each end and the center area is open. I have a canister filter sitting there and the back has holes for the tubing.

I think they function well and are attractive.

Remember they are particle board. Particle board doesn't tolerate water well. I always wipe any spills immediately.

Some people will criticize them on the basis of the particle board. I see their point and I think it will depend on how much water you slop.

I went to a "dollar store" and purchased some small plastic bins that I attached to the back of the doors. They make nice shelves for food, test kits, etc.
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I have a 36"x12" version. The particle board "veneer" is very thin and will wrinkle of water sits on it to long. Keeping it dry is essential. I reinforced mine with 2 pieces of 1/4 ply that fit across cabinet backs. I also attached mine to the wall with some 1x2 maple and brackets. One cabinet holds an Eheim 2026 perfectly. The other holds DIY CO2 bottles. I like the solid top which is much safer IMHO then the cheaper open all-glass cabinet stands.

75g acrylic, DIY stand and canopy, Eheim 2026, 2234, Pressurized co2 + SMS122, Suntek 54wT5 x 2 + 96w PC, EcoComplete and Moon sand.
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Won't applying lacquer help keeping it moister-free? :? That's the problem with Big Al's site! Not enough details, especially on the pictures...
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It might.
There are also edges and joints that are hidden.

I haven't found it to problem. Just don't let water soak in and it should be fine.
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I would think any type of solvent based coating would lift or melt the veneer. A wax based coating like some type of furniture or counter top polish/sealant might be the best bet.

75g acrylic, DIY stand and canopy, Eheim 2026, 2234, Pressurized co2 + SMS122, Suntek 54wT5 x 2 + 96w PC, EcoComplete and Moon sand.
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