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Ideal stand height for 75 gallon tank

My neighbor is building my stand for my 75 gallon tank. He has asked me what height it should be and I’m not really sure what to tell him. I would like it as tall as is reasonable, but still be able to easily reach the bottom back of the tank for maintenance. For reference, I am 5’ 10”. The tank will have a hood, if that makes a difference because cats! 😝
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My neighbor is building my stand for my 75 gallon tank. He has asked me what height it should be and Im not really sure what to tell him. I would like it as tall as is reasonable, but still be able to easily reach the bottom back of the tank for maintenance. For reference, I am 5 10. The tank will have a hood, if that makes a difference because cats! 😝
My 75g stand is 22" tall and I find it a bit low. I have a 40B next to it on a 31" tall stand that I find a touch too high. I'm basing low and high on my viewing while seated. I'd take a 2' X 4' piece of cardboard or something, have someone hold it up while you view it the way you plan. Anywhere between those to heights should work, since you wanted tall I'd go closer to the 31". Don't forget to post pictures when you get it set up.
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Would agree with above - 28" to 31" seems to be about average stand height. Something to consider is what you want to put in the stand. A 10# co2 tank has a very specific height that you can't change. Some canister filters are taller than they are wide so you have to consider that as well. Just a few thoughts.
If you look at the beginning of my build thread (link below) you can see what I did for my 75g tank.
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I'm 6'1 and find most premade aquarium stands too low for working in the tanks as well as looking at them from a standing position. When I've made stands for myself, I try to make them a height that will get the top rim of the tank right about up to my armpit. They drain faster, are easier to see in, and easier to reach that back bottom corner when you might need to.
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Would agree with above - 28" to 31" seems to be about average stand height. Something to consider is what you want to put in the stand. A 10# co2 tank has a very specific height that you can't change. Some canister filters are taller than they are wide so you have to consider that as well. Just a few thoughts.
If you look at the beginning of my build thread (link below) you can see what I did for my 75g tank.
I’ve purchased 2 x 5lb CO2 tanks. Do you think those would fit in a 31” stand, assuming the doors are large enough?
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I will choose a stand height that is comfortable to look into the tank rather than reach into it.

The tank is visible to me for almost the entirety of the time i'm at home and not sleeping, but I'm only ever reaching into it 1 hour max per week. I will fight with a step stool for an hour per week vs bending over to look at my tank every time I walk up to it.

36" minimum is the height I'll build a stand, taller stands also give a false sense of a larger tank to me anyway. Even when sitting on the couch, 36" is about where by eyes are at anyway, so now I'm comfortably looking straight at the tank.

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Ive purchased 2 x 5lb CO2 tanks. Do you think those would fit in a 31 stand, assuming the doors are large enough?
Yes, the 5# tanks are around 19" tall? I think the 10# is 22-24" tall. Depending on the regulator that you get, that might add another 1-2" in height.
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I'm 6'1 and find most premade aquarium stands too low for working in the tanks as well as looking at them from a standing position. When I've made stands for myself, I try to make them a height that will get the top rim of the tank right about up to my armpit. They drain faster, are easier to see in, and easier to reach that back bottom corner when you might need to.
Agree, top rim of tank just about my nipples or little above is sweet spot for viewing height vs access. Then when setting on couch, chair or ottoman in front of tank your eyes are just above middle of tank for good viewing.

So for me putting a 23.75 tall tank on a 26-27 stand would work out about right.
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On most of my reef tanks I always had the stands built between 36" and 40". Viewing height for the display and ease of dealing with equipment worked well.

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I'm 6'1 and find most premade aquarium stands too low for working in the tanks as well as looking at them from a standing position. When I've made stands for myself, I try to make them a height that will get the top rim of the tank right about up to my armpit. They drain faster, are easier to see in, and easier to reach that back bottom corner when you might need to.



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On most of my reef tanks I always had the stands built between 36" and 40". Viewing height for the display and ease of dealing with equipment worked well.
+1 on higher stands. I want my eye level to be 4-6" below the top of the tank standing in front of it.
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