One important part to your aquatic setup is the fish tank stand. Not only does it adequately support the tank itself, it serves a wider variety of purposes and needs. You definitely do not want to place your new fish tank on a cheap bookcase or table.
Fish tank stands are designed to hold the immense amount of weight they are subjected to. For example, if you have a 10 gallon tank, you will usually fill it up to a little more than 9 gallons. Each gallon of water weighs a little more than 8 pounds. So, for a 10 gallon tank, you would be looking at about 76 pounds once the water is added. Adding gravel, equipment and decorative items adds even more weight.
Finding A Fish Tank Stand
There are a wide variety of fish tank stands available. You should be able to find an appropriate size for your tank at a pet store or aquatic hobby store. Fish tank stands are not necessarily cheap, but they are really not optional when it comes to a fish tank. If you have a small table sitting around your home, it may be usable, but you need to take into consideration the enormous weight that will be placed on it. Will it crack under the pressure?
Once you have your fish tank stand set up, you probably need to anchor it, especially if you have pets or children around the house. Imagine if a child wanted to see the fish and decided to hoist himself up by holding onto the top of the tank. Surely the tank and fish stand would topple over, hurting your child and destroying your aquarium. So, you don’t absolutely have to anchor it to a stud in your wall, but it can be a good idea, depending on your home situation.
An aquarium is a big investment in money and can take quite a bit of time overall. Using a fish tank stand can help make sure your investment doesn’t accidentally hit the floor or destroy the random table you decided to put your aquarium on. Fish tank stands can also be good at hiding your equipment, food and extra filters since many fish tank stands have shelves and doors underneath. Choose the fish tank stand that is right for your tank and your home, and you should not have to worry about it the support your fish tank is receiving.