Fish tank stands are only the beginning when it comes to getting ready for your fishy friends to come home, and they can come in a wide variety of different options.
Fish are friends too! So that’s why we need to provide them with a safe place to live, and while many will think that just means their tank, they couldn’t be more wrong. In many cases, tanks should also be placed on a designated fish tank stand because it provides the tank a safe and sturdy place to sit.
Believe it or not, many tanks get quite heavy after you fill them up with gravel, decorations, water and the little swimmers themselves. Having a designated stand for that tank is a great way to keep it safe and supported, ensuring your fishy friends are happy in their home.
The Top 3 Fist Tank Stands Available at Pro Pet Supplies
Before we talk fish tanks and tank stands, let’s take a quick look at the fish tank stands that we have to offer fish fanatics here at Pro Pet Supplies.
The Aqueon classic pine fish tank stand is constructed entirely of solid wood and is stained and finished with a waterproofing sealer that helps protect from any water damage that may result from spills from the tank itself. The aesthetically pleasing design ensures that it will fit in with most home décor.
The CoraLife BioCube stands are intended for use with the CoraLife BioCube aquariums. These stands are made with tinted acrylic panels and slim black handles. It also features a shelf for convenient storage of tools, equipment, and food for your fishy friends. The sturdy feet of this unit help to keep the base elevated and cut-out holes in the back allow users to organize electrical cords easily.
This unit is easy to assemble and is made with water-resistant materials.
The Aqueon hexagon pine fish tank stands are constructed entirely of real wood, providing consumers with the confidence of knowing their stand is a durable one.
Each piece of these stands is stained and then finished with a waterproofing sealer that provides protection from water damage that may result from any splashes or spills from the tank itself. These units are made with doors so that users can store their fish’s needs within easy reach and remain out of site.
Fish Tank Stand Buying Guide
When it comes to buying a new fish tank and stand, there are a number of different factors that shoppers should take into consideration before making a final purchase. Just like any other pet, you’ll want to do your research beforehand.
That being said, we have compiled a short list of things that shoppers will need to consider before they go and purchase a fish tank and fish tank stand for their new fishy friends.
First and foremost, those looking to add an aquarium to their home need to consider how much space they have to give up for the aquarium, stand and all. Even small fish tanks require a decent amount of space with all the equipment needed to keep it running.
Speaking of equipment, fish tanks take quite a lot of equipment to keep them running day in and day out. You’ll need filters, bubblers, lights, and heaters… moreover, that’s just the basics. Many tanks require much more than that. So having enough space to include the tank and all its equipment is vital. Fish tank stands help to maintain much of this equipment, but that means having enough space to house the stand.
So, take into consideration what size tank you’ll want. Smaller tanks run from five to twenty gallons while larger tanks can get as big as you want them to be. Depending on the number of gallons the tank is, you’ll need a stand that is capable of holding the weight of it once it is filled with water and all other essentials.
When you are shopping for your new fish tank stand, you’ll want to keep in mind the type of aquarium you want, and by type, we mean a few different things.
First of all, what brand of fish tank are you considering? If you are looking at one of the local pet shops such as PetSmart or Petco, they often carry certain brands such as Tetra, Aqueon, Marineland and Top Fin. Many of these brands also sell fish tank stands that fit perfectly for their respective tanks. This is a great way to save money for many because many of these bigger retail chains offer deals if you buy the tank and stand option. However, that doesn’t mean that shopping outside sources isn’t out of the question.
That being said, not all stands are created equally, so don’t be afraid to look at all your options. Do your research into the different brands, review different customer ratings and see what really holds up to the task. After all, tanks and tank stands are a pretty big investment, so you will want them to last.
The next question you’ll want to ask yourself is what type of aquarium you’ll want: fresh water or salt water. While this may not seem important at first, you’ll want to know that certain stands are created with these factors in mind.
While most stands are now created with some level of waterproofing done, some stands hold up better to saltwater tanks than fresh water. Many fish enthusiasts believe that steel stands with a powder coated to protect from rusting make better options for saltwater tanks.
Knowing what type of tank and stand you want is important, so once you have narrowed down some of your choices, you will want to really take a look into what materials your tank is made up of.
Depending on the size and overall gallons of your fish tank, you’ll want a stand that can hold its own under the weight of the tank once it is full. That being said, pay close attention to the materials that your fish tank stand is made up of.
Most tanks are made up of the following materials:
MDF or particle board is one of the cheapest types of wood used for a fish tank stand manufacturing and is a common material used for the stands made by the big store chain brands. While you may save a few pennies with this material, it isn’t one that is known to last very long, especially when it comes to saltwater tanks.
Plywood and metal are typically used for higher end stands and or larger stands. Plywood is a good option for most home tanks because it is a very strong material and is less susceptible to water damage.
Metal tanks are usually used for the larger tanks because they can hold more weight than most wood stands can. Even better, they hold up to water damage better than wood. These tanks are also more open as far as space goes, so there is plenty of storage room for all the necessary equipment needed to keep your tank running at its best.
Just like with any pet, you are looking at spending a pretty penny to get everything your fish needs, and the fish tank stand is probably one of the most expensive items you’ll purchase, at least after the price of the tank itself.
You want to sit down and plan out your budget for this one because the tank and stand alone can cost you a few hundred dollars each. Moreover, that’s before you add in the tank necessities and the fish. Needless to say, the larger the tank and stand, the more you are going to pay. Same goes for the materials that are used to build your fish tank stand. The better-quality materials your stand is made of, the higher the price will be.
If you are only looking to spend the minimal amount necessary for a tank and stand, think small. However, remember, small doesn’t mean less spectacular!
Once you have the fish tank all set up, you may think that the hard work is done.
Think again, my friend.
Fish tanks take their fair share of maintenance in order to keep them running smoothly and keep your fishy friends healthy. When it comes to the planning process, you need to factor in the time and care your bet, and its environment will need. Sure, it’s not like you have to take the fish out to potty… however, you will have to check the filters, skim the tank for extra food and solid debris not caught by the filters, check the tank for leaks and the stand for any water that may have splashed out.
Tanks take time and effort to maintain, so if you are going to invest in a fish tank, you need to be ready to invest in the maintenance.
A Fish Tank for Everyone
We’ve shown you some of our favorite fish tank stands and presented you with our stand buying guide, so what is next?
Once you’ve had a chance to read over and digest all the above material, it’s time to decide if a fish tank is for you. If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s time to start the planning process! The tank and tank stand is just the beginning.
From there, you’ll want to decide on what type of tank you want to keep: a freshwater, saltwater or reef tank? From there you’ll get to start researching some fish that will call this tank home. Again, this will take time and plenty of research and will depend on what type of tank you are planning to keep. Finally, it will be time to accessorize the tank. You’ll want to include plenty of places for the fish to hide, and you can even decide if you want live plants in it or artificial. The possibilities really are endless!
Once your fish tank and stand are all set up, you’ll be amazed at the community you can create within the walls of that tank. Fish and their tanks are a great way to create a focal point in a room, and even help to reduce anxiety and stress thanks to the aquatic environment. Fish are also a great way to teach responsibility to children, say by having them in charge of feeding or whipping down the tank to keep it clean and sparkly.
Yes, fish tank stands, and all other aspects of an aquarium can get pricey - but if you take your time to do the research into what you want really, you can not only provide some little fish home but can create something that your entire family will fall in love with.