Which Aquarium Stand for 29 Gallon

bruh12345

I finally found a stand, actually a shelving unit from home depot, but I got worried that the weight wouldn't be evenly distributed and so I'm either going to use cardboard or styrofoam or both to level it out. I'm wondering if this would be okay. For better context I've attached the link to the stand I'm going to buy and a board of styrofoam I'm looking to buy.
Stand: HDX Black 4-Tier Metal Wire Shelving Unit (36 in. W x 54 in. H x 14 in. D)-21436BPS - The Home Depot
Board: Office Depot Brand Foam Board 20 x 30 White - Office Depot
 

ForceTen

I would buy a stand for your tank. I would not buy or trust the one at Home Depot.
Make sure it has leveling feet as well.
 

bruh12345

I would buy a stand for your tank. I would not buy or trust the one at Home Depot.
Make sure it has leveling feet as well.
But it says that it can hold 350 lbs per shelf and the actual fish tank stands are way too expensive.
 

awilkinson871

Many people use these for tanks. I would add some plywood or MDF on the metal and some foam or rubber mat. Also double check how much your tank will weigh once it is filled with water, substrate, rock, etc. It adds up quickly.
 

Sanderguy777

If you're worried about the shelf, then you want the dense foam sheets they use for insulation to go between the tank and the shelf itself.

If you are worried about the shelf feet putting too much pressure on the floor, then you will want a piece of many-ply plywood (the more layers the better) to start the shelf system on (mdf would work too, but will disintegrate if you get water on it). Either plywood or mdf need to be painted with outdoor grade (preferably oil based) paint.

how big is the tank, dimensions wise?
 

bruh12345

Many people use these for tanks. I would add some plywood or MDF on the metal and some foam or rubber mat. Also double check how much your tank will weigh once it is filled with water, substrate, rock, etc. It adds up quickly.
Do you think that the stand would be okay with around 3-4 inches of sand substrate with plants and a few river rocks.

how big is the tank, dimensions wise?
30 by 12 inches.
 

awilkinson871

Everything depends on weight. The weight of the tank itself + light, heater, filter + # of substrates + weight of decor + each gallon weighs 8 lbs. I feel like most companies overrate capacity so I would round down on how much they say each shelf would hold just as a precaution.
I personally only use actual metal fish tank stands or solid wood furniture.
 

Sanderguy777

30 by 12 inches.
That sounds like it will be a stretch

(50lbs sand)+(8×30g of water)+(20lbs rocks and plants)+(tank 30 lbs)=50+240+20+30=340lbs.

Assuming that you use stuff with that weight, I'd personally recommend something heavier duty.
 

ForceTen

But it says that it can hold 350 lbs per shelf and the actual fish tank stands are way too expensive.
I saw that and I saw the stand. This rack type shelving is not designed for the use you intend.
Tank stands expensive? This is one purchase you better get right the first time.
Look at "Imagitarium" tank stands and get one for your tank. A stand designed for your tank.
There lots of expenses setting up and keeping fish. Going cheap on the stand is unadvised and frankly not to smart.

And tank stands are not expensive considering.
 

SotaAquatics

Is the aquarium rimmed or rimless? if its rimmed you shouldnt have anything like that under it, you will need to figure out a way to support all 4 corners safely. I agree with the others, I wouldn't chance it on a wire stand like that. if you want a multi tiered rack like this thats strong, bump up price 20 dollars and get a muscle rack or equivalent and replace the particle board shelving.
 

bruh12345

Is the aquarium rimmed or rimless? if its rimmed you shouldnt have anything like that under it, you will need to figure out a way to support all 4 corners safely. I agree with the others, I wouldn't chance it on a wire stand like that. if you want a multi tiered rack like this thats strong, bump up price 20 dollars and get a muscle rack or equivalent and replace the particle board shelving.
It’s a rimmed tank. I’m also pretty uneasy with the idea of going to sleep while knowing my tank is on one of those shelves. I should have known it was too good to be true. I’ll prob be looking for some good deals on eBay or just buy a stand. Only question I have is that the imagitarium stand Says that it only holds 290 pounds and barely covers the entire tank. I was nervous about buying one of those stands in the first place and that was why I was looking for cheaper, better options
That sounds like it will be a stretch

(50lbs sand)+(8×30g of water)+(20lbs rocks and plants)+(tank 30 lbs)=50+240+20+30=340lbs.

Assuming that you use stuff with that weight, I'd personally recommend something heavier duty.
It’s going to be around 310 lbs. I wasn’t planning on using the whole bag of sand and I’m only using 10 pounds of rocks.
 

Sanderguy777

It’s a rimmed tank. I’m also pretty uneasy with the idea of going to sleep while knowing my tank is on one of those shelves. I should have known it was too good to be true. I’ll prob be looking for some good deals on eBay or just buy a stand. Only question I have is that the imagitarium stand Says that it only holds 290 pounds and barely covers the entire tank. I was nervous about buying one of those stands in the first place and that was why I was looking for cheaper, better options

It’s going to be around 310 lbs. I wasn’t planning on using the whole bag of sand and I’m only using 10 pounds of rocks.
Maybe try to find one that is smaller and holds more per shelf? As someone mentioned before, the rating is most likely wishful thinking on a good day.
You could probably get away with it if you cut 4 boards just long enough to fit snugly under each corner of the shelf you put the tank on and the top of the corner of the shelf below. If you did that, the weight would effectively be transferred lower, to the next shelf, and that might help.
 

ForceTen

At minimum using the HD stand, I would secure it to the wall. I would not trust it personally.
I have a rack like the HD one and would never consider using it.
Its a commercial rack/stand used in restaurant kitchen and storage. They are designed to hold gallon cans and things like that. They do hold considerable weight. But not designed for this purpose.
 

bruh12345

At minimum using the HD stand, I would secure it to the wall. I would not trust it personally.
I have a rack like the HD one and would never consider using it.
Its a commercial rack/stand used in restaurant kitchen and storage. They are designed to hold gallon cans and things like that. They do hold considerable weight. But not designed for this purpose.
You mentioned the imagitarium stands. Do you have any experience with one of these stands. It says that it can hold up to 290 pounds but my tank will be over by around twenty pounds. I might just downgrade to a 20 long. Would that work for the garage shelving unit?
 

ForceTen

You mentioned the imagitarium stands. Do you have any experience with one of these stands. It says that it can hold up to 290 pounds but my tank will be over by around twenty pounds. I might just downgrade to a 20 long. Would that work for the garage shelving unit?
Buy the stand that fits your tank. When I got my 40 breeder I bought the stand for that tank.
Perfect fit. They make stands for all tank sizes.
Mine is real nice with leveling feet. Leveling feet are my first requirement on future tank stands. Makes set up easy.
Also when using the correct stand for your tank, you will need no mat of any kind.
 

bruh12345

Which aquarium stand should I get for a 29 gallon tank. Most of the stands I've seen say that the max load is 290 lbs which won't be enough for my 29 gallon which will be around 320 lbs-350 lbs. The ones I'm considering are Aquatic Fundamentals metal stand, Imagitarium Brooklyn metal stand, and the Aqua Culture 29 gallon stand. Has anyone had any experience with any of these stands with a 29 gallon and would it withstand despite the load rating. If there are any other suggestions for cheap aquarium stands please tell me.
 

BigManAquatics

I think its the aquaculture 29 gal stand i have one of my 29s on. Haven't had a problem with it yet. Trying to figure put where you are getting your estimated weight from for a 29 gal though....using cinder blocks for decor or something?
 

bruh12345

I think its the aquaculture 29 gal stand i have one of my 29s on. Haven't had a problem with it yet. Trying to figure put where you are getting your estimated weight from for a 29 gal though....using cinder blocks for decor or something?
Lol no. I'm just overshooting just in case. I'm using maybe like 5-10 pounds of river stones and a lot of plants for decor. Pool filter sand cap over Seachem Fluorite black sand
 

BigManAquatics

Yeah i got about 40 or 50 lbs of gravel in that particular 29(cant remember which) and the aquaculture stand has held up quite well. And thats with a cat on top of the hood regularly. Fat cat at that
 

bruh12345

Yeah i got about 40 or 50 lbs of gravel in that particular 29(cant remember which) and the aquaculture stand has held up quite well. And thats with a cat on top of the hood regularly. Fat cat at that
Just to make sure, this is the type of tank you have right?
Aqua Culture 20/29 Gallon, Wood Aquarium Stand
 

BigManAquatics

Just to make sure, this is the type of tank you have right?
Yep. I jist flipped the black panels around for the cherry wood coloring.
 

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