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I'm brainstorming what sorts of surfaces I could use as a stand for a 20 long tank. I'm not seeing any existing stands that I really like in that size. I weigh almost as much as a filled 20g. tank, so I'm assuming anything that could support my weight would be doable...perhaps avoiding particle board or other surfaces that could become greatly compromised if wet.

Any BTDTs or advice?
 

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Sounds like you've got the right idea. Worth noting that lots of the stands sold for aquariums are made from particle/press board. Smart to try to avoid it but it certainly can be used as a stand so long as you dont let it get constantly saturated.
 

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Sounds like you've got the right idea. Worth noting that lots of the stands sold for aquariums are made from particle/press board. Smart to try to avoid it but it certainly can be used as a stand so long as you dont let it get constantly saturated.
I thought about that...perhaps even placing a sheet of glass over a particle board cabinet/dresser. Our Ikea TV stand supports a HEAVY 65" TV and has a glass top over the standard Ikea material base.
 

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Got any unfinished furniture places nearby ? The ones around me sell stuff made of pine and maybe poplar which appear a lot more sturdy than the pressboard rubbish Pet**** sells . But you've gotta stain/varnish it yourself . Just a passing thought ….
 

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my 20long is on top of my dresser and its been there for nearly 2 years. just what ever you chose can hold a good amount of weight and maybe even put a plexiglass between the tank and the top of the furniture if its a particle board design.
 

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Got any unfinished furniture places nearby ? The ones around me sell stuff made of pine and maybe poplar which appear a lot more sturdy than the pressboard rubbish Pet**** sells . But you've gotta stain/varnish it yourself . Just a passing thought ….
Oh, that's a fantastic idea! I'm pretty sure we do have at least one place within a reasonable drive. I could use the same stain we used on the stand DH built for my 50g (that was sort of a PITA because his old saw apparently doesn't cut straight, which is why I'm not having him build another :icon_lol: ).
 

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I loathe the crappy stuff from the big box pet stores, too. FWIW, I found a really great little sofa table on Overstock a few years ago that has worked out perfectly! Watch Craigslist or check thrift stores, too... some of my best "tank stands" are older, solidly-built pieces of furniture that someone rejected because they were kind of antiquated. With a nice coat of primer and paint, they're pretty darned cool now!

I'm brainstorming what sorts of surfaces I could use as a stand for a 20 long tank. I'm not seeing any existing stands that I really like in that size. I weigh almost as much as a filled 20g. tank, so I'm assuming anything that could support my weight would be doable...perhaps avoiding particle board or other surfaces that could become greatly compromised if wet.

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I loathe the crappy stuff from the big box pet stores, too. FWIW, I found a really great little sofa table on Overstock a few years ago that has worked out perfectly! Watch Craigslist or check thrift stores, too... some of my best "tank stands" are older, solidly-built pieces of furniture that someone rejected because they were kind of antiquated. With a nice coat of primer and paint, they're pretty darned cool now!
Funny...my 5g currently sits on a sofa table. It's just the right height.

I'm bummed that the mid-century modern used furniture store we had nearby went out of business. They sold the COOLEST stuff.
 

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The last time I used a small little bookshelf thing for a 10G I put a "stabilizer bar" across the back of it. Just a strip of 1x2 wood that I painted black and attached on the upper right and lower left of the bookshelf/table. It really added a lot of strength, and you couldn't even see it after the table was fully laden.

For a 20L tank, I think the rule of thumb is if you can sit on the table with no issues, then the tank should have no issues. Although I guess that assumes you're a hefty 200lb guy like myself, hah. A full 20G tank is roughly 160-170lbs.
 

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I have a 20L and I bought the “weathered” version of this from Walmart…

Better Homes and Gardens Square 4-Cube Organizer


It is particle board, but it is very thick and sturdy. You have to assemble it, but it’s easy. I also bought 4 of these in black…

Better Homes and Gardens Collapsible Fabric Storage Cube

I have a black silicone tank with a Finnex 24/7 (black) and they compliment each other nicely. Cheap too. All the black makes the green plants pop.
 
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