How to Build an Aquarium Stand

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To build an aquarium stand, observe stands for sale in tropical fish stores, study their construction, and build a piece that can withstand 8 pounds per gallon of water. Construct an aquarium stand, including cabinetry to add storage space, with instructions from a koi breeder and aquarium specialist in this free video on fish care.

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Hi I'm Jim Newman from Making Waves and we're covering the building of an aquarium stand and the proper things to watch out for when building that aquarium stand. If you're going to build an aquarium stand just like a cabinet such as this right here, you can go right ahead and take a look at an aquarium stand in a tropical fish store and see that the main components of the cabinetry are of course the plywood cabinet itself and the doors. Underneath should be plywood of at least three quarter inches in thickness so that you can go right ahead and properly seat the tank on there. You also want to make sure that every single part of the cabinetry is going to be completely level. If you have a glass aquarium and it is not on a level surface, it may crack and break. For a saltwater or aquarium stand, are the two main components of the center brace, both in the front and in the back. Typically the center brace should be used per every 24 inches both front and back of that length. These are necessary because of the weight of the water. Typically for an aquarium you are going to be having a weight of anywhere between 8 to 8 and a half pounds per gallon of water.

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