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    Hi Everyone,

    OK, I know the topic of aquarium stands may not be as exciting as say lighting or filtration, but I think it is something many in the hobby have probably had to think about, especially if you have kids.

    I have a standard 29gallon tank that is in the process of being turned into a reef tank. I will start a separate thread on the tank likely after I upgrade my lights in the next month. Anyways, what i am looking for help with is choosing a sturdy, preferrably hard wood stand to replace the current wrought iron stand I have. The reason is not so much aesthetics, but rather safety as I have a 2 year old who loves the aquarium but sometimes bumps into the stand, holds onto the legs, and could possibly crawl in between the legs and under the stand. The stand is secured to the wall so it could not tip over. I just do not trust the build integrity of the stand, especially as it is starting to show areas of rust.

    OK, so I have been looking for a hard wood stand to replace the metal stand. What would you recommend? I do need access to the back as I would like to run electrical wires into the back, or one day install a sump. Two I have been considering:
    1) Oak stand made by RJ Aquatics and sold by fishtanksdirect.com (Oak Signature Series 30 x 12), $325 shipped. According to RJ Aquatics (website, http://www.rjaquatics.com/Things_You...Know.html)says it is made of hardwood veneer plywood, and is less likely to warp than solid wood.
    2) A solid oak stand from glasscages.com (Glasscages.com - Oak Stands). These are cheaper (~$200 shipped), but unlike from RJ's do not come sealed/stained. I have read several negative reviews on the quality of their custom glass aquariums, which has me concerned, but have found no reviews on their stands.
    What are your thoughts? What stand did you go with if you were also thinking kid safety too? Do you know of another brand? Do you know of a Michigan company (i am in Ann Arbor) that constructs hard wood stands?
    If you are selling a stand that would work for a 29gallon, I would also be interested in hearing from.

    Thanks for any in put!

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    Build your own, it's cheaper. I built mine to suit my tank and needs. I think it cost me about 80

    Here is a link
    http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/di...e-build-13642/[COLOR="Silver"]
    Last edited by bluwc; 12-07-2011 at 09:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluwc View Post
    Build your own, it's cheaper. I built mine to suit my tank and needs. I think it cost me about 80

    Here is a link
    http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/di...e-build-13642/

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    Build your own, it's cheaper. I built mine to suit my tank and needs. I think it cost me about 80

    Here is a link
    http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/di...e-build-13642/
    You stand (and tank) look great. I am trying to avoid building my own for lack of time/tools/space in my apartment. With you stand, it looks like you used pine 2x4s to build the basic frame. Do you worry about this warping due to moisture from the sump?

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    Mine is completely child proof-

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    bluwc - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC United View Post
    You stand (and tank) look great. I am trying to avoid building my own for lack of time/tools/space in my apartment. With you stand, it looks like you used pine 2x4s to build the basic frame. Do you worry about this warping due to moisture from the sump?
    I used poly on it but either way I'm not worried about it. I built it in my living room and the nursery, it took a day so the wife was a little cooperative about it. Since it's somewhat finished, I don't have does on it still lol, it's in my living room. I have a 9mth old almost walking so I put a baby x pen around it cuz he always goes for the sump.

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    Actually there is a reef club in your area Ann arbor reef club our a2 reef, sir Patrick actually runs it and I'm sure someone in your area might be able to help build you a stand.

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    Might be able to talk my father in law into building the exact same stand, but in your dimensions, for around $200. Possibly less- stained and poly'd and ready to go.

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    The Fish Doctors in Ypsilanti will also order you a stand, if you would prefer a manufactured one. Give them a call, and ask for Tom and mention Captivereefs.com- 734-434-1030.

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    For a 29 gallon tank there is a big selection of nice stands already on the market.
    Very common popular size just make sure you know what you want to do with it, like a sump under it.

    I think your going to find its hard to fit your equipment under the stand with only 12 inches wide.
    A 2x4 construction would be overkill for a standard 29 gallon but it easy to work with.

    I have a 29 fresh water tank and a home made stand, used 3/4 plywood with no 2x4, but no way could I put a sump under it.

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    Lots of places sell stands. Great Lakes Aquariums and Pruess pets. Also Fish Doctors can get stands. Great Lakes Aquariums has the best selection though. Good luck.
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    Yeah Larry, but didn't Great Lakes totally screw up your stand and then told you to fix/cut it yourself?

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    Yes Troy but it was a easy cut and fix. Still can't beat there price with a stick.
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