Wow, you guys are amazing. What beautiful stands you all have made. I personally like the really modern simplistic styles of those of you that have posted pics. I simply prefer that style. But overall very fine looking craftsmanship.
This is mine. It is more of an experiment and I will do some more work to it later. I was nervous about making a stand that measures nearly 8ft tall. It is a high rise for my betta boys. I have limited space and decided to take advantage of one bare wall that I thought would be perfect for my boys. Please excuse all the wiring and disarray. I drilled walls into the hole about three inches in diameter that will house all the wiring. The shelf is attached to the wall and does not move whatsoever. I was able to climb on up it and hang from it and it does not move. It is very sturdy. I basically used 2x4's and doubled them between the shelves and the shelves themselves are 2x10's. It is very simple and clean. Nothing like some of the beautiful work I have seen here.
I am waiting on the filters to arrive and then I will finish all the tanks and they will be filled with a forest of plants, a betta, ghost shrimp and possibly other compatible critters.
The bottom tank sits on the floor so this shelf structure only supports four 10 gallon tanks.
, on Flickr
, on Flickr
I left the sides open because I can enjoy the view of the tanks from the side as well. I live in a small studio so working "vertically" was a way for me to create more for myself. When I 'grow up' and can have a bigger home I am going to get a big boy tank like some of you and upgrade.