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Diy stand height

Have to build a few stands for a couple nanos. I'm thinking 42" or so from the rim of the tank to the bottom of the stand. Pretty decent height to sit and watch the tank and I can still reach my hands in there comfortably for maintenance This will be an ada type stand and I know most of there nano stands are around 28" or so plus the height of their tanks. Tallest tank these stands are for is 12", making the stand around 30" and another around 32". What do you guys think would be a good height yet stable and not top heavy?


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I would suggest making it a pretty decent height to sit and watch the tank and can still reach your hands in there comfortably for maintenance.
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I just had a stand made for my 40 breeder. I had them make the stand 36" tall. With the tank it is 54" tall. I think it is the perfect height, tall enough to look at it without kneeling, but short enough to be able to reach everything inside for maintenance.
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I tend to like my tanks higher for easy viewing even if I have to get a step-stool to service them. A nano tank should be at eye level. If it is where you sit, then 'eye level' means while you are seated. If it is in a walkway then 'eye level' is when you are standing.
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I just had a stand made for my 40 breeder. I had them make the stand 36" tall. With the tank it is 54" tall. I think it is the perfect height, tall enough to look at it without kneeling, but short enough to be able to reach everything inside for maintenance.
Thats exactly the height I made my breeder. Great height because it can be viewed easilly standing and sitting.


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Nokturnalkid,

Your numbers come out to almost exactly the formula I use for my stands. I would not change the first stand height of 30" with a tank height of 12", but what is the tank height for the 32" tall stand---? 10" ?

As for stability, if the tanks "footprint" is square, it will be equally tippable from any direction. In this case, the four bottom edges of the stand should extend beyond the stands top edges by 1.25" to 1.50" on each of the four sides. Pick one number and use it on all four sides.

For example, if the top of a square stand is 24 x 24, then the bottom should be either 26.5 x 26.5, or 27 x 27. And you could compromise as 26.75 x 26.75 .

If the tanks "footprint" is rectangular, the longest sides at the bottom of the stand should stick out further than the shortest sides. Make the longest two bottom sides extend beyond the top edges by 1.25" to 1.50" (pick one #). Make the shortest two bottom sides extend beyond the top edges by as low as 1", or they could be equal to the two long sides. The reason the longer sides must stick out further, is because it is easier to topple a rectangular tank if rocking it from front-to-back, than from left-to-right.


For example, if the top of a rectangular stand is 30 long x 18 front-to-back, the bottom should be 32.50 long x 20 front-to-back, or 33 long x 21, or a compromise of 32.50 long x 20.50 front-to-back.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. These tanks are intended to be viewed while sitting. Did some eyeballing and it seems like 36" stand height would be perfect for these tanks. The original thought of 32" might be a tad too low. 40" + might look odd with the other furniture in the rooms. Glad I asked.

@mark13....my rough drawings for the stand has it built a bit bigger than the footprint of the tank, mainly to help with the stability of it. I'm pretty sure the stands will be able to hold the 5g jugs I use for wc and top offs. That should help with it being top heavy. These are slim tanks(bigger tank is ~20x12) so that should give me some peace of mind.


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