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The 8 Best Fish Tank Aquarium Stands

Fish have many needs to stay happy and healthy. They need to drink a lot of water that has a lot of oxygen in it. You'll need pumps, filters, protein skimmers, and a place to store the food. It is very important to have a heater in the tank and a thermometer nearby.

Some aquariums that are more complicated need a whole sump system to be the best homes they can be. The sump can be as big as the fish tank, but it looks a lot worse. Aquarium owners almost always put them in stands made just for aquariums to keep them looking nice and working well.

Aquarium stands come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are big, some small. Some are closed off, and others have more holes. Some of them are made of totally different things. You must be confused, so we decided to help.

In this article, BestForPets (bestforpets.org) take a look at the best fish tank aquarium stands. We've also put together a buyer's guide so you can feel confident when shopping for a stand.

Reviews

Stand for the Ameriwood Home Flipper Aquarium

The Ameriwood Home Flipper stands out from the rest because of a few simple features that look like they would be easy to use. The 10/20 flip is the best way to sell it.

If you have a 10-gallon tank, you can flip this stand over so that the 20-gallon side is on the ground. If you have a 20-gallon tank, you can do the opposite. This makes it a great choice for aquariums that aren’t round or square.

The storage spaces inside work the same in both directions. There is one cavity on top, one on bottom, and a large cabinet with ports in the middle.

The whole thing is made of laminated MDF and particleboard and has a black woodgrain finish that looks great from any distance.

We put it to the test by putting as much as we could into the cupboard. We couldn’t fit a working sump in there, but there was more than enough room for fish food, bacterial water conditioner, pH testing strips, and nets.

This stand needs to be put together, but it’s not hard to do. The only real problem is that the black finish isn’t water-resistant, so it bleeds when it gets wet, which is a strange choice for a fish tank stand.

Pros

  • Can be turned to fit a large number of tanks.
  • Setup is simple.
  • Easy to decorate and looks good
  • Small tools and supplies fit well in the cabinet.
  • Strong building materials

Cons

  • When wood gets wet, the finish runs.
  • The sump won’t fit in the cabinet on the inside.

 

All Glass Aquarium AAG51007 Stand

Keeping fish can be an expensive hobby, so we wanted to highlight the All Glass Aquarium 15 Column stand as one of the best aquarium stands for the money.

It will only fit aquariums that are taller than they are wide. Look at pictures before you buy it, because it won’t fit a lot of traditional aquarium styles or sizes.

The 15 Column is popular because it is inexpensive, easy to put together, and has a lot of storage space. Even though the shape of the storage is a little strange, the cabinet on this stand is big and easy to get to.

The way it comes apart makes it easy to put together, but the simple parts come together to make a strong, useful whole.

We were able to fit a pump, filter, heater, bubbler, and other parts of a freshwater tank’s support system into this stand.

There are plenty of holes for wires and pipes to go through, and there is still a lot of room for food and other things that need to be used up.

Two other things to watch out for are that the parts sometimes get broken in shipping, and the stand isn’t soundproof, so loud accessories will be heard.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Simple to put together
  • A lot of room to store things

Cons

  • Not able to fit a lot of common tank sizes
  • Some parts get there broken
  • Not quiet-proof

 

Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal Tank Stand

Let’s look at something a bit different next. The Brooklyn Metal Tank Stand from Imagitarium is made of solid steel and can hold a 40-gallon tank with water, substrate, and equipment. The modern, industrial-chic style will give your aquarium a look that is all its own.

Steel construction is not just nice to look at, though. It also has other benefits. The steel frame is very strong and can hold more weight than most. It is rated to hold 40 gallons, but in our tests, it held 60.

It also has feet that can be moved so you can make sure the top is level before putting your aquarium on it. The steel structure can be put together quickly by just one person.

Unfortunately, Brooklyn’s best qualities, like its unique look and strong construction, are also its worst.

There are no shelves or storage spaces here, so you won’t be able to hide your unsightly tank maintenance equipment. You’ll have to add any extra features you want to this stand yourself.

Still, the Brooklyn is worth checking out, even though it’s not like other places. If you’ve been let down by cheap particle-board stands in the past, this is about as far as you can get from those.

Pros

  • A lot of strength
  • Simple to set up.
  • Seems cool
  • Adjustable feet for leveling

Cons

  • No shelves or places to put things
  • Has nothing to hide
  • Pricey for what it is

 

Hagen AHG15015 Fluval Flex Stand

If you thought the Imagitarium Brooklyn at number four was too far from the average, the Hagen Fluval Flex Stand goes just a little bit further.

The Fluval Flex is made of particleboard and has a black finish. It has two open shelves that are separated by graceful S-curves.

It can hold aquariums with a total capacity of up to 15 gallons, which includes the substrate, plants, and equipment.

The shelves don’t really hide anything, so if you want to hide a big pump or filter, you’ll still need to find another place to put it. But it’s not too hard to make the whole tower look good with props and creative arrangements.

We were able to put it together in less than 30 minutes, and we loved how it looked and how little space it took up. It’s about the size of an end table and can fit in any room of your house.

The way this stand ships is a risk, and that’s why it’s not priced higher. The pieces are usually chipped or scratched when they arrive because they are shipped with almost no padding.

Hagen and Fluval are well-known brands in the pet supply and aquatics industries, so it’s a shame that they don’t know how important packaging is.

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Large storage compartments
  • Doesn’t take up a lot of room
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Almost too expensive
  • During shipping, parts often get broken.

 

Stand for the Flipper Wildwood Aquarium

The rustic style of the Flipper Wildwood 20-Gallon Aquarium Stand takes us back to the basics.

It is made of particleboard covered with brown and gray wood veneer and accented with metal in just the right places for a striking, simple look that goes with any farmhouse-style room.

Even though we thought this stand was just another cheap way to cash in on the shabby chic trend, it’s also very strong and can hold a full 20-gallon tank with all the accessories.

The doors open to reveal two shelves. Either one could hold a small sump filtration system, and both have large holes that make it easy to run hoses through.

Even though this stand is great, we’re not sure if the high price is worth it. It’s strong and roomy, but at the end of the day, it’s still a small piece of furniture that isn’t even made of real wood.

There are also a few other bad things about it. Compared to the other products on this list, this one is hard to set up because many of the holes don’t line up in a way that makes sense.

The pieces are also likely to be broken when they come out of the box.

Pros

  • Able to carry a lot of weight
  • Large storage spaces with ports that are easy to use
  • Fits into a rustic setting.

Cons

  • Costs a lot.
  • It’s not wood
  • Frustrating setup
  • Some shipping damage

 

Coralife Stand for Biocubes by Designer

None of these aquarium stands are bad, but some are more dangerous than others. This is a great way to describe the Coralife Designer Biocube Stand, an aquarium stand that tries to do a lot but doesn’t quite make it.

The Biocube Stand is tall and narrow, so it works best for tanks up to 15 gallons. It’s strong enough to hold a full 40-gallon tank, but the shape isn’t good for much more than a 15-gallon tall tank.

Its main purpose is to hold Coralife’s Biocube aquariums. These aquariums look and work well with it, but fish tanks from other brands work just as well.

This stand has two shelves, like the Hagen Fluvel stand at #5, but they are hidden behind a clear door. The shelf inside can be moved, which makes it easy to store tools and supplies that are bigger on the bottom.

The Biocube Stand has the same shipping problem as a few other stands we like. The packaging is terribly lacking.

Too often, it arrives broken. The door, handle, and wood panels are the most common parts that are broken. We can’t recommend you buy this stand until we know it won’t arrive broken.

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Lots of room
  • Ports that make it easy to attach tank equipment

Cons

  • Very often arrives damaged
  • Cracks in the plexiglass and scratches on the panels happen often.
  • Important parts arrive unattached

Final Decision

For the best fish tank aquarium stands, BestForPets‘ (bestforpets.org) choice is the Ameriwood Home Flipper. It’s very convenient that you can flip it to fit your aquarium, and it’s also easy to use, well-made and has a large interior. It’s annoying that you can’t get it wet without making the finish run, but no product is perfect.

The All Glass Aquarium 15 Column will blow your expectations out of the water if you are on a tight budget. You’ll wonder why you need an aquarium stand that looks like a grandfather clock, but then you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.

How to Choose the Best Fish Tank Aquarium Stands?

Kind of stand

You have a few options here, in order of least to most work.

Go to a pet store and buy a stand for your aquarium. This is the fastest way to get an aquarium stand, but it’s also the easiest way to end up with a bad one. We only suggest getting a fish tank stand from a pet store if you need one quickly.

Buy directly from a company that makes aquariums. Aquarium stands are made by almost every company that makes aquariums. If you buy the stand that goes with your tank, your experience is much more likely to be good. But they could still be of low quality or arrive in bad shape.

Get a stand made just for you. This is a great way to make sure that your stand matches both your aquarium and the room it’s in. It’s a great way to spend a lot of money, too.

Stand up for yourself. This will save you a lot of money, and the stand you make yourself is likely to be made of better materials. But we know that not everyone is ready for this amount of work.

As you can see, there is no one perfect way to make sure you get the right aquarium stand. That’s why it’s so important to read reviews of any stand you want to buy and, if you can, talk to other people who have bought the same one before.

Make sure the sizes are right.

You probably already know that you should get a stand that’s big enough to hold your aquarium, but there are other measurements you should pay attention to as well.

  • The top of the aquarium stand should be big enough to fit your tank without making either the tank or the stand fall over.
  • The stand should be strong enough to hold the full weight of your aquarium. Remember that when you put your stand on display, it will have more than just water in it. It will also have fish, gravel, plants, and other equipment. Get a stronger stand than you need.
  • Make sure the storage spaces inside are big enough to hold all the things you need for your aquarium. There should also be holes so that you can connect filters, heaters, and air pumps to the fish tank without anyone seeing.
  • Make sure the stand is high enough so that you can see it from many different angles. Don’t forget that your aquarium is a part of your interior design—make it stand out.

Materials

Almost all aquarium stands are made of particleboard, plywood, and/or steel. Each has good points and bad points.

The least expensive choice is particle board (MDF). This is a cheap material for stands. Particleboard stands, on the other hand, aren’t as strong.

They can’t hold as much weight, and they warp easily when exposed to saltwater. Manufacturers often put a wood finish on particleboard to make it look stronger, so don’t judge a stand by its cover.

Plywood is a stronger, more expensive wood that is often used in aquarium stands and other cabinet furniture. If you want to make your own stand, use plywood.

Steel is used to build or strengthen aquarium stands that need to hold a lot more weight (think the big 55-gallon tanks you see in office lobbies). People also like to use it to decorate plywood or MDF stands.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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