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Stands seem to be limited but does anyone have a recommendation for a stand? The only one I see is the Petco Brooklyn metal stand or the shelves from Lowe's. Problem is it's going in our living room and the metal shelves would look out of place. We also have a dog who is quite curious and has chewed through different things so we're trying to get something that is enclosed that she can't get in to the supplies underneath the tank. Short of building one myself any ideas?
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You could get a metal one, and then use magnets or velcro to secure fabric of your choice, or some other cover.

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Cinder block and stained 2x10's look pretty nice. Smaller version of this with panel on the front?
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For a rimmed aquarium, almost any piece of sturdy furniture will work. I would look ion overstock.com for something like a buffet or console table. If you want something aquarium specific there are options:

https://www.marinedepot.com/aquariums/aquarium-stands
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Thanks everyone. I decided to go with the Petco stand but for now keep my tank low tech and skip the CO2 setup. It'll be easy enough to hide the cords and I can see if the dog reacts to any of it before adding the CO2.
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Thanks everyone. I decided to go with the Petco stand but for now keep my tank low tech and skip the CO2 setup. It'll be easy enough to hide the cords and I can see if the dog reacts to any of it before adding the CO2.
Let us know what you think of that Petco stand. I'm in a similar situation: I have the 40B, but finding a stand I like has been tough.

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Will do. Should be here Tuesday and I'll slowly start getting things setup.
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So far the stand works just fine. I have it on carpet and it's fairly sturdy but I still have to worry if my dog runs into it that it'll get knocked over. It would take quite a bit of force but still less than if it were on a solid surface. It does match our living room quite well though.
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So far the stand works just fine. I have it on carpet and it's fairly sturdy but I still have to worry if my dog runs into it that it'll get knocked over. It would take quite a bit of force but still less than if it were on a solid surface. It does match our living room quite well though.
Thanks for the update! Did you check it with a level?

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Thanks for the update! Did you check it with a level?
Good call. I'll be sure to do that when I get home tonight.
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FWIW I have one of the Brooklyn stands for my 40B. My observations. It's well built and sturdy. My apartment is asphalt tile over a concrete floor, so once I got it leveled, no problem. The one thing I didn't like about it was that it came with four dime-sized rubber pads that you were to put on your top frame for your tank to sit on. I went with a 1/2" plywood top, cut to fit, that I glued a yoga mat onto. I tacked the plywood with a few dabs of super glue. I also used some removable-strength Loctite to secure the bolts. It's also a tall stand. It's just short of 48" from the floor to the top of the 40B. I'm about halfway done with the build. This COVID-19 pandemic is slowing me down. Plus, I still haven't figured out what I want to do with it. It will be planted, probably with CO2.

One of the advantages of the stand being so tall is that I can put a good-sized tank underneath. The way it's designed I can't put another breeder there, so I'll probably but a 20L or 29g there. I'm hoping some of my angelfish pair off and I can use that for the pair. Of course, I need to figure out my water change problem as the tank will be too close to the floor. I may have to bite the bullet, buy a small inexpensive submersible pump and see if I can configure it to do water changes.

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