Tank stand skeletons are ugly. Well, I like them, but they tend not to fit with the decor of a room. And it's generally convenient to have the guts tucked away. People and animals have a tendency to do major damage to fish tank guts... So, time to "skin" the stand.
I built this panel, and two matching side panels, but couldn't figure out what color to stain the Xs. Thanks to the advice of someone on a hockey forum of all places, I found my answer.
Grey! Just like the rest of the panel... But the second part of the suggestion was to make the background a dark walnut, which I think turned out very nice.
Bump: One thing I hate on stands: Hinges. I hate doors. They are so inconvenient. But I found a great workaround online that I have been using for years now. Magnets! Those magnets that hold cabinet doors closed are surprisingly strong. Strong enough to easily hold that large front panel on with just three. That panel is about 32 inches wide by 36 inches high, by the way:
This way, all three panels are completely removable, and exceptionally easily replaced. You would be amazed at how much more access this grants you to the inside of the stand. Removing the entire sump, if necessary, becomes much, much easier.