A while back i decided to make a new stand for my 20l. I originally planned on doing a simple open 2x4 stand, but it kept growing and changing until i ended up with something completely different. While it was still in the planning stages i decided that id try to encorporate another tank into the bottom of the stand for my nephews. They love my tanks but they have a hard time seeing into them so i decided to give them their own. My tanks are in a spare bedroom so i needed this stand to also double as a bedside table/night stand, so it grew even more. The access to the shelves is on the side, but i actually made another front panel so that if i dont want to use this as a stand in the future i can simply swap the front panels and add glass shelving to the area where the tank now sits. I made a false bottom for the tank so that if i decide to use the shelves later ill have more room on the bottom for storage. This was all made with stuff i had laying around the shop. I think i spent a little under $15 total for the paint.
I ended up making a 2x4 frame and wrapping the whole thing in 3/8ths plywood that i had laying around. Theyre attached with stainless panhead screws from the outside for ease of removal and to keep with the sort of modern industrial theme i have going with this stand. I used 1/4 round to make a smooth transition from the plywood to the tank to keep things clean looking. This way you dont see anything from the tank except the glass. The tanks access door is held shut with magnetic spring operated latches, so all you have to do to open is gently push on the door and it pops open. This was important because i didnt want any hardware except the hinges and screws to be visible. I then trimmed it all out with 1/4 and 1/2 round just to clean things up a bit. I finished it off with a coat of satin black paint with textured gloss black trim. I also laquered the top so that it will be completely waterproof. The tank would be set up already but it has a leak so i need to reseal it. Let me know what you think.
Heres the stand with the front panel removed so you can see some of the construction. You can also see the removable false bottom that i was talking about earlier(on the left, its plywood with 2x2 feet).
This is the back of the front panel. You can sort of see what i did with the trim here.
Here you can see where i routed the back of the trim so that the trim on the tank wont push it out from the glass. Recessing it like this allows the trim to sit flush against the glass. As you can see i only left 1/8" of a lip, so all im losing is a 1/4" of visibility around the entire tank. You can also see the metal pieces that i used to brace the thin strip of plywood that goes across the top of the tank. Theyre just straight brackets that are recessed into the panel to keep that area from flexing when im moving the panel.
This is the tank sitting in there dry. Also a pic of the entire stand with the 20l on top. I used peg board on the back of the stand to keep humidity from buiding up inside of it.