The perfect stand height! Do you wish your stand was taller or shorter?


What's most important when it comes to the height of your tank stand?

  • The viewing heigth

    Votes: 133 58.1%
  • The ease of maintenance

    Votes: 50 21.8%
  • The space for equipment within the stand

    Votes: 33 14.4%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 13 5.7%

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Depends... on a great many things.

My normal response to questions about stand height are to measure from your armpit to the ground, subtract tank height, that's your target stand height.

In my case, I'm an old fatman... don't like ladders, not standing on a chair. I tend to prefer fat, wide, low tanks anyway. When I built my current system, I went 18" tall, on a 60" x 30" tank, giving me about 140 gallons. Fit the room, fit the style I was going for, and mounted nice and low, I can reach the bottom easily. Since it's a peninsula, I can reach anywhere I might need to reach, without getting my sleeves wet. Perfect.

There is no equipment under my stand. Sump and other gear are all located in a closet behind the tank. As I said... old, fatman. I'm not working from my knees, so no matter how high the tank is mounted, it wouldn't have been high enough for me. By getting the sump and related gear out from under the stand, I removed one reason for a high stand. Sump clearance doesn't matter. For most, that is not the case, and a higher stand in order to gain space for equipment is a reasonable decision.

I know folks that want to be 'eye level' with the tank while standing. Eh. I don't mind sitting down in front of my tank. Since the tank doubles as a bar, there's handy bar stools all around for just that purpose.

Great job on the stand!!

Barnabie Mejia

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I have mine at 41" and it gives me enough room underneath it to work on things and its high enough where I am not crouched over to look at the display. another thing I did was use 2X6 for the top and bottom frames and that allowed me to hide all my Plumbing up in the stand so you don't see any of it when you look at it from the front.

Jake atkinson

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I can't stand seeing amazing tanks that you have to crouch down to look at things in there. I prefer the tank to be higher up in its rightfully glorified position as the centerpiece it is

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    Votes: 45 6.3%
  • Alkalinity (most)

    Votes: 500 70.0%
  • Magnesium (most)

    Votes: 5 0.7%
  • Phosphate (most)

    Votes: 68 9.5%
  • PH (most)

    Votes: 67 9.4%
  • Nitrate (most)

    Votes: 69 9.7%
  • Nitrite (most)

    Votes: 4 0.6%
  • Ammonia (most)

    Votes: 18 2.5%
  • (least) Calcium

    Votes: 10 1.4%
  • (least) Alkalinity

    Votes: 4 0.6%
  • (least) Magnesium

    Votes: 67 9.4%
  • (least) Phosphate

    Votes: 14 2.0%
  • (least) PH

    Votes: 37 5.2%
  • (least) Nitrate

    Votes: 12 1.7%
  • (least) Nitrite

    Votes: 206 28.9%
  • (least) Ammonia

    Votes: 270 37.8%
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