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40 gal breeder stand

Can anyone out there recommend a 40 gallon breeder stand ?

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That really depends on what you're looking for.

For metal stands, I've always liked the design of these and I've read good things but I've never owned one myself.
Aquarium Stands & Furniture: Titan Eze Metal Aquarium Double Stands


If you want a wooden stand I'd suggest you get in touch with a local cabinet builder and see if they will build you a quality stand at a reasonable price. It won't be cheap, but if you want something that will last that is a way to go. Another suggestion is to build your own based on a design like this or similar.
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Multiple coatings of polyurethane make wooden stands nearly impervious to water.

Very sturdy and easy to put cosmetically appealing externals on but you'd better make sure the lumber is straight when you're putting it together. Any torsion on the tank could spell disaster and the required tolerances are pretty tight.

I would advise against getting one of those fiberboard dumpster fires. Fiberboard is meant to never get wet under any circumstances and with trimmings and water changes and the possibility of a filter leaking, water damage is inevitable. I suppose it would be possible to waterproof fiberboard stands but they don't, they just slap the same black plastic coating over it like it was a cheap desk or dresser or something.
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That really depends on what you're looking for.

For metal stands, I've always liked the design of these and I've read good things but I've never owned one myself.
Aquarium Stands & Furniture: Titan Eze Metal Aquarium Double Stands


If you want a wooden stand I'd suggest you get in touch with a local cabinet builder and see if they will build you a quality stand at a reasonable price. It won't be cheap, but if you want something that will last that is a way to go. Another suggestion is to build your own based on a design like this or similar.
https://www.cflas.org/wp-content/uploads/stand.jpg
Multiple coatings of polyurethane make wooden stands nearly impervious to water.

Very sturdy and easy to put cosmetically appealing externals on but you'd better make sure the lumber is straight when you're putting it together. Any torsion on the tank could spell disaster and the required tolerances are pretty tight.

I would advise against getting one of those fiberboard dumpster fires. Fiberboard is meant to never get wet under any circumstances and with trimmings and water changes and the possibility of a filter leaking, water damage is inevitable. I suppose it would be possible to waterproof fiberboard stands but they don't, they just slap the same black plastic coating over it like it was a cheap desk or dresser or something.
Thanks goodbytes.

I don't know if I trust myself to build a plumb stand lol.

That double stand looks good. My only concern would be cords showing..

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Can anyone out there recommend a 40 gallon breeder stand ?

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Your tank with water is going to weigh about 400 pounds. That sounds like a lot, but it is really not. If a desk or table can support you and two friends, it will work. My brother put legs on two Ikea shelves, pushed them together and they support his 130 gallon acrylic tank. I didn't think it would work, but it is solid and it has been a year.

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If you're looking for an off-the-shelf solution, R&J Enterprises makes a few different 36x18 stands, with the Eco-Modern model being the cheapest. It's made of wood and 3/4" plywood, vs. laminated filler and/or staple construction of stands you'll find at Petco and the like, and is very solid. Comes in black. Looks decent. Mine cost me $221 from my LFS. Certainly a fair bit more expensive than the metal one linked above, but it's a proper stand and will likely cost you less than having one custom made by a woodworker.
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I have 4 of these and they've held up very well. Easy to put together and not bad pricing.

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