How To Chose The Best Aquarium Stand

updated September 2018

An aquarium in the home introduces color, life, interest, warmth and fascination to your decor.


However there are a few things to consider before purchasing one.

Once you’ve decided on the size of the tank you’ll need to buy fish, plants, accessories etc. and allow your fish to settle into their new home. But that’s not all you need to do. You’ll need an aquarium stand.


aquarium stand design

You need a stand that’s perfect for your aquarium and suits your style at the same time. There’s a wide variety to choose from, so buying one can be a confusing. Your choice will be determined by the size of your tank as well as the preferred style for your home.


Choosing the perfect aquarium and stand really is worth the effort. It’s a stunning addition to your home

Here’s some tips to help you.

Designs for your stand

 The market has 2 major types of aquarium stands, the open and closed stand.


1. The open stand is usually constructed with light material, and has been designed to offer little structural support. Therefore it’s suitable for small and lightweight aquariums. I’d recommend this option if you’re using an aquarium or tank that’s 40 gallons or less. Anything heavier needs a different stand.

steel aquarium stand
Steel aquarium stand available in sizes to suit 10, 29 and 40 gallon tanks

2. Closed stands, or fish tank cabinets are usually made of very strong and heavy wood, which means that they can support the largest tank. They’re the best choice for large aquariums as they offer ultimate stability.

55 gallon tank stand
Popular 55 gallon tank stand


The choice of material for your stand will vary depending on your tastes and preferences.


First consideration should be to choose a strong material that can support the weight of your aquarium, either metal/steel or wood.


You can then select a finishing style, to fit in with your decor. Some people prefer one material like wood or steel, while others like a combination. A metal finish is often preferred because of its modern look and it’s easy to clean. It’s also rust coated, unlike wood which will swell if it absorbs water and not properly coated for protection.

solid wood aquarium stand
moisture resistant coated top base and door


Water is heavy and you mustn’t forget that the tank is heavy too. As well you’ll have gravel on the bottom of the aquarium that makes it that much heavier. 

Depending on the size of your aquarium, you might have as much as 15 pounds of weight, or even more, for each gallon.


This means that a weak stand will ultimately disappoint you and could be disastrous for your fish.

Buy a stand that will be able to give firm support to your aquarium. Stands are usually designed to support heavy loads, but always make sure you check out the maximum weight.


Choose a stand that can carry more weight than that of your aquarium, so you don’t have to worry about accidents. Most aquarium tanks have a warranty, but make sure you read the disclaimer. The warranty will be null and void if you put the aquarium on any stand that’s not especially designed for that purpose.


Choosing the best aquarium and stand really is worth the effort. It’s a stunning addition to your home, (but then again we’re biased).


With these tips you’ll be able to find the perfect aquarium stand.

buy the best aquarium stand