Hi, I was looking for a 55 gallon aquarium but don't know what stand to get! Anyone have recommendations for a really good 55 gallon stand? I was thinking about this one tell me if it's good to get if you have it to
I usually prefer wood stands over metal but that one in the link looks solidly built so it would probably be ok. My only concern is that it appears very tall & narrow so might rock easily if you have little kids in the house. It could be very easily modified to stop that being a problem though.
It's only as strong as the bolts that hold the cross members in place & as I can't tell what sort of bolts they have used without seeing them in person, I can't say that I would trust it to hold 600lb.
Wooden stands are also only as good as thier structural design. Some are made poorly out of really good wood, others are made really well out of lower quality timber. A good sign is that they have a table like construction, where the edges that the tank will sit on, are on top of the legs rather than bolted to the sides of the legs. Look at the quality of the joins used to. If there are gaps in the joins then it was probably built by someone who didn't much care about workmanship. If the joins are all even & have no gaps then someone probably took a little extra time to do a good job.
My personal preferance is to either build my own stands or to buy an undressed pine stand & modify it to my own needs by adding shelves, drawers & closing it into a sealed cabinet.