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Old 01-30-2013, 06:42 PM   #16
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Believe it or not I used this IKEA stand for a 25-gallon tank for 5-6 years with no problems....

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70011793/
I'm using this stand with a 20 tall. Looks good. I got a couple of baskets that fit on the shelves so that I can hide stuff in them.

The only problem I have had is levelling the stand because of the wheels on only one side, it's also on carpet.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:48 AM   #17
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I was going to suggest looking at things like their kitchen carts, since they seem to be fairly sturdy, but bikinibottom beat me to it.

If side-side/shear(?) reinforcement is a concern, check the area with the modular wooden shelving, I think there was a reinforcing item that was a pair of metal rods, riveted in the center, with holes in each end. Just form into an X that fits the back/side/legs/whatever, and screw it in, should add some stability.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/67797300/

As most people said above, I'd be hesitant to use Ikea (or most other furniture) for an aquarium stand for anything much over 10 gallons or so...

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #18
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As most people said above, I'd be hesitant to use Ikea (or most other furniture) for an aquarium stand for anything much over 10 gallons or so...
Okay, it not IKEA, what?

I want a piece of furniture to hold my aquarium, about 10 gallon. Not a piece of pressboard that you get at Petsmart.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #19
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Okay, it not IKEA, what?

I want a piece of furniture to hold my aquarium, about 10 gallon. Not a piece of pressboard that you get at Petsmart.
I was in both CostCo and HomeDepot yesterday. I saw several bathroom sink vanities that could be used for an Aquarium stand. You could replace the sink with a pc of hardwood plywood or depending on design and your taste just leave the sink in place. Home Depot has a discontinued mark down area in most stores.

Another place to look is a store chain "World Market" they have some nice real wood end tables, small book cases that could work.

The only thing new retail that is Cheap co$t will be Cheap built.

If you are willing to refinish or paint try Goodwill shops or garage sales.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:58 AM   #20
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I was in both CostCo and HomeDepot yesterday. I saw several bathroom sink vanities that could be used for an Aquarium stand. You could replace the sink with a pc of hardwood plywood or depending on design and your taste just leave the sink in place. Home Depot has a discontinued mark down area in most stores.
That's a really good idea. The height is good also on bathroom vanities and many are sold without sink.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:28 PM   #21
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Goodwill, Salvation Army, and such are all excellent places to look. Look around, and see if you have a Re-Use center nearby. There's one in my town that does more with large furniture/cabinets/bookcases/desks and reclaimed lumber than the usual clothing and knick-knacks you get in a lot of thrift stores.
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That's a really good idea. The height is good also on bathroom vanities and many are sold without sink.
They usually have great drawer & door assemblies. While many will have particle board sides. That could be reenforced rather easily. Common lengths are 30-36". I saw one in Costco that was dark stained Cherry? with a light grey granite sink. It would be perfect for a 18x18 cube maybe even 24x24 cube. The nice thing out doesn't scream PetSmart Asile #5.
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They usually have great drawer & door assemblies. While many will have particle board sides. That could be reenforced rather easily. Common lengths are 30-36". I saw one in Costco that was dark stained Cherry? with a light grey granite sink. It would be perfect for a 18x18 cube maybe even 24x24 cube. The nice thing out doesn't scream PetSmart Asile #5.
It's funny I'm actually looking at custom stands for either a 4 or 5 footer and I saw this, but I think it would have to be reinforced. I size would be perfect for a 48" setup.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_155860-66150...7C1&facetInfo=
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I'm actually trying to find a stand for a 60p and have been considering Ikea stuff. The Besta series can be fitted with some feet and a nice door. I figured what would basically be a stand for a 20 gallon aquarium would be easy to find, but they are not. At least not with a cabinet big enough for all the equipment.
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Okay, it not IKEA, what?

I want a piece of furniture to hold my aquarium, about 10 gallon. Not a piece of pressboard that you get at Petsmart.

I think you could probably find something at IKEA that would work fine for a 10 gallon - I just wouldn't go there looking for something to put a 29 or 55 gallon on.

I'm also partial to DIY stands, partially because a few inexpensive 2x4s can support a ridiculous amount of weight if they are assembled properly. But, I understand that not everyone has the capability/tools/space to build their own stand, and even so, some people just don't want to, and that's fine.

Also like Silmarwen said, check places that carry inexpensive used furniture. Especially if you can find something that was once used in a college dorm, hotel, or some other institution, they tend to be built pretty sturdy.

Otherwise, just find something that seems pretty sturdy and about the right height, and make sure the vertical supports are either directly under where the tank frame will be, or are very close to it.

Also, if you do find something you really like, but doubt it's ability to support the weight, you may be able to add some reinforcement with 1x3s inside so that it's out of sight. You would just have to be very careful with the measurements and such.
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Malm dresser supporting my 12g and a Lack side table holding up the cube:



Lack coffee table at first, then Expedit 2x2 I modified for my 20g:



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That's a 20 long on the Expedit?? That's such a great fit! The Expedits are finished on both sides, aren't they? I'm suddenly considering one... How sturdy does it feel?
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nouvelle-N...Black/11064992

Maybe something like this from Walmart now that IKEA has not produced results

Nouvelle Nightstand with Drawer:
24.75"H x 21.25"W x 16"D
Drawer is 3.75" x 15.75" x 12.75"
Solid corner posts up to 2" thick that double as legs
Laminated wood composites
Made in the USA
Some assembly required

$55.00

But would it hold a 10 gallon tank, which with sand, and filter, and fish, and rocks would probably weigh 120 pounds.

Looks sturdy, but it is particle board, NOT solid.

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Office-Desk-Espresso/12016207

Model No.: 21363
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 31.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 23.2 x 35.4 x 28.3
Walmart No.: 007114196


Or this


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Black-Ebon...to-30/21125977

Accommodates up to a 32" flat panel TV
Open shelf for components
3 drawers for closed storage
Easy to assemble with household tools
Overall dimensions: 15.69"L x 27.63"W x 27.94"HModel# 5514026PCOM
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #30
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I have this under my 11.4G:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00180553/

It's made of solid wood, too, instead of particle board.
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