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Going through my phones gallery, I noticed that I have built quite a few stands :D
Thought it would be nice to see what other people have been building lately for some future project inspiration! Here's a few I've completed (most of them for others)

Show us what you've built!



A Maple 35 Gal Cube I built/used for a planted setup (canopy constantly got mold... last canopy I built)
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Oak 60 Cube Tall Stand (38" tall)
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The nicest stand I ever built (and should've kept) Walnut 57 Custom Stand
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My current setups stand, MDF 74g Tower (Low Pro) Stand
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This is my overbuilt 60 cube stand. I wanted more under cabinet room than a 24" space would allow, so I made the cabinet just under 48" wide with the top slab being slightly wider. The cabinet lights caused the doors to look purple, but they are actually a pale blue plexi. I sort of like the ability to look through the plexi, but I am considering sanding them to a frosted look since the cabinet area has become less tidy over time. It's impossible to tell from the photo but the top is stained a deep ocean blue color and I mistakenly used some polyurethane from an old project that had glitter in it so the slab sparkles in the sunlight :)

If I can make one suggestion to anyone building a stand it would be to add extra doors or access panels. I wavered between adding doors to the sides and ultimately did not....until 3 months later when I decided that I needed them and made a huge mess adding doors of the same style to each end of the stand while the tank was running.

Also, I've seen some threads where people have built their stand around the sump which I think is just asking for trouble. At some point you may need to remove whatever you put in the cabinet so make sure that it will fit through the doors and that you have sufficient space around the cabinet to actually remove something like the sump should it fair or require maintenance.

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This is my overbuilt 60 cube stand. I wanted more under cabinet room than a 24" space would allow, so I made the cabinet just under 48" wide with the top slab being slightly wider. The cabinet lights caused the doors to look purple, but they are actually a pale blue plexi. I sort of like the ability to look through the plexi, but I am considering sanding them to a frosted look since the cabinet area has become less tidy over time. It's impossible to tell from the photo but the top is stained a deep ocean blue color and I mistakenly used some polyurethane from an old project that had glitter in it so the slab sparkles in the sunlight :)

If I can make one suggestion to anyone building a stand it would be to add extra doors or access panels. I wavered between adding doors to the sides and ultimately did not....until 3 months later when I decided that I needed them and made a huge mess adding doors of the same style to each end of the stand while the tank was running.

Also, I've seen some threads where people have built their stand around the sump which I think is just asking for trouble. At some point you may need to remove whatever you put in the cabinet so make sure that it will fit through the doors and that you have sufficient space around the cabinet to actually remove something like the sump should it fair or require maintenance.

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+1 for more access panels... My low stand is so tight that it takes me about 5min to get the protein skimmer out -_-
 

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I like the floating canopy, I may have to try that in the future sometime. Any issues with mold/moisture buildup in it?
No, I made it completely open. I was embarrassed to show the next picture(because it’s dusty “up there”), but this will make more sense. Cue the dust bunny patrol haha

Here is a link to my canopy build, it’s not only fully floating, it’s on a winch. That thread explains a lot more...


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No, I made it completely open. I was embarrassed to show the next picture(because it’s dusty “up there”), but this will make more sense. Cue the dust bunny patrol haha

Here is a link to my canopy build, it’s not only fully floating, it’s on a winch. That thread explains a lot more...


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This is the way to do it! Definitely going to try this at some point!
 
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