Fish tank stands are a beautiful addition to your aquarium setup. However, you need to be careful that you're choosing one that can support the load of your fish tank.
How much weight can a fish tank stand hold? Continue reading so you can make an informed decision the next time you're on the market for one.
What Are Fish Tank Stands Used For?
In every aquarium, a stand is an integral part of the overall arrangement. Inside the cabinets, you can connect essential aquarium equipment, and the frame should support the aquarium's weight without issue. Aquarium stands are available in a wide range of designs, dimensions, and materials.
Know How Much Your Aquarium Weighs
Several factors influence how much weight a fish tank stand can support. For example, a standard 50-gallon tank could weigh more than another tank with the exact same dimensions for a few reasons.
The weight of your aquarium varies depending on the material used, the heft of the equipment, and decorations inside or on top. Some fish tanks, for instance, have lids while others do not, and the ones with covers will be heavier. Here are some more examples:
- The type of material used to construct your fish tank will affect how heavy or light it is. Acrylic, overall, tends to be much lighter than glass.
- Acrylic tanks are often lighter but require complete bottom support, while glass tanks are heavier but don’t require as much support.
- A tank loaded with substrates, rocks, and decorations will weigh more than a bare tank.
Choosing a Stand
So, how do you figure out how much weight a fish tank stand can hold? Keep in mind that a gallon of fresh water weighs around 8.34 pounds, while a gallon of salt water weighs 8.6 pounds on average. As a result, a ten-gallon tank would hold 83.6 pounds of water, plus any decorations and fish.
Preferably, you would have a stand designed for a specific tank brand, but you can choose a different high-quality cabinet as well. Simply measure the length and width of your fish tank in inches. Then, find a stand with the same dimensions.
Fish Tank Direct will help you match your aquarium set with a stand that perfectly complements your decor. If you don't already have an aquarium, we offer fish tank and stand combos so you can buy your setup all in one go. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products.