how to reinforce an aquarium stand

How to reinforce an aquarium stand

My little aquarium stand for my 30 Litre Dennerle Shrimp Tank was more of a small table. It was temporary.

So I eventually bought a 3 drawer unit from IKEA. The thing with IKEA products though, are that they aren’t the strongest. And fish tanks are heavy. Even this little tank weighs a hell of a lot when it’s full of water. It’s barely liftable.

Standard units like this one from IKEA aren’t meant for things such as fish tanks. The risk of the unit collapsing in the near future just isn’t worth taking. It’s never happened to myself, but a smashed fish tank, flooded floor, and dead, dried out fish has to be one of the worst disasters (within reason) you can come home to.

So I bought the unit, and reinforced it with some plywood. The unit doesn’t have a back support. So this piece of wood was screwed to the back of the unit, on the inside. This will iv’e the top piece something to sit on, and also stop the unit from skewing. It provides a massive amount of support.

Naturally I got my dad to come round and fix this up for me. I’m just the ideas/camera man.

how to reinforce an aquarium stand
Plywood cut down to size. this will sit inside the frame, and serve as the back panel.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
This is the IKEA unit as standard, without a back panel.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
Back panel sat on the inside of the frame, ready to be screwed into place.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
The piece of wood is screwed all the way down the sides of the frame.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
Make sure you DONT screw into the top of the unit where the tank sits. As any uneven surface could shatter the aquarium.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
Unit without the draws inside. View of the back panel, from the front.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
The back panel has now been screwed into place.
how to reinforce an aquarium stand
BNQ screw caps to hide the new screws

The piece of wood has been screwed in down both sides. The screws have then been capped with BNQ white screw caps to hide the custom job.

Always make sure the unit is level before adding the tank, otherwise the glass can come apart.

how to reinforce an aquarium stand

how to reinforce an aquarium stand

If I was putting a larger aquarium on this, like a 2 foot, I would add further support. However for this 30 litre, it should be sufficient. The risk is now reduced.

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