New 46 gallon bowfront build
Hello planted tank members! I recently purchased an Aqueon 46 gallon bow front aquarium from Care-a-lot pet supply for $120. I had the option of buying the stock stand for the tank but.. It was ugly. So I've been doing a lot of looking around online. Custom stands are expensive and the cheaper stands are just cheap and I'm nervous about putting 380 pounds of water on one. So I decided to build my own custom stand (and hood if money allows) and try to keep the expenses below $100.00. I've seen a lot of diy stands and only a handful of step by step threads. So hopefully this build goes well and can help others down the road.
First step was to draw out my plans. The front of the stand will have the same "bow" as the aquarium, I decided (since this will be my first time bending plywood) not to add doors and keep the front all one piece. I will be putting "concealed" doors on the sides of the stand to give access to the canister filter or sump if I decide in the future. I plan on building a back piece to hide cords and hoses, so I made the sides of the stand 3.5 inches wider than the tank. This will also give me a little more room for my doors.
Some supplies I purchased:
4, 8ft 2x4
1, 8ft 2x8
8, 90 degree brackets
Kreg jig (bought it just to check it out, not sure if I'll use it)
This should be enough to build the frame
I labeled my pieces as I cut them out, then used my drawing to put the puzzle together.
I attached an image of the look I'm going for and a doodle of my plans. More to come.