Maintaining an aquarium is not a simple task. The aquatic environment you create in your home requires frequent inspections and adjustments to ensure the marine life stays healthy. As an aquarist, you accumulate a great deal of equipment and supplies to keep your tank running, and it’s helpful to have a stand that will support your aquarium and hold essential items. Manufacturers produce several types of tank stands, but which one is ideal for your aquarium? We researched the best stands on the market and compiled reviews of ten of our favorite models.
A Quick Comparison of Our Winners in 2023
|Best Overall||Flipper by Ollie & Hutch Flipper Fish Aquarium Stand||
|Best Value||biOrb Aquarium Stand||
|Premium Choice||Flipper by Ollie & Hutch Neptune Fish Aquarium Stand||
|B R 20/29-Gallon Paneled Aquarium Fish Stand||
|Aquatic Fundamentals 55/38 Gallon Aquarium Stand||
The 10 Best Aquarium Stands
1. Flipper by Ollie & Hutch Flipper Fish Aquarium Stand – Best Overall
|Size:||15.67” L x 25” W x 28.03” H|
The Flipper by Ollie & Hutch aquarium stand won our best overall aquarium stand award, and it’s unlike any of the products on our list. It will support a 10-gallon or 20-gallon aquarium, and all you have to do is flip it over to convert the stand from one size to the other. We liked the open storage areas above and below the enclosed storage that let you add decorations or keep additional supplies for the tank.
Some stands are difficult challenging to assemble, but most customers constructed the Flipper in under an hour without any issues. If you have a 20-gallon tank, measure the dimensions carefully before purchasing the Flipper. The stand is designed for high-walled tanks and will not support a model with short walls. Although we liked the Flipper more than the competition, we were disappointed that the woodgrain finish peels away when it gets wet.
2. biOrb Aquarium Stand – Best Value
|Size:||13” L x 13” W x 23” H|
The biOrb Aquarium Stand is our pick for the best aquarium stand for the money. Its sleek and simple design is perfect for displaying your biOrb aquarium. It holds tanks up to 14 gallons and includes a hidden cable to keep the stand from tipping. If you have a larger aquarium, biOrb makes a larger stand for 20-gallon tanks. The frame is easy to assemble, but some customers added fabric pads to the base to make it more stable on hardwood floors. Most aquarists were happy with the stand, but some were concerned that a child or pet could tip it. If you have kids or wild pets, the biOrb may not be the best choice.
3. Flipper by Ollie & Hutch Neptune Fish Aquarium Stand – Premium Choice
|Size:||15.75” L x 50” W x 30” H|
If you’re looking for a stand with plenty of storage, and one that’s more aesthetically pleasing than most models, you can use the Flipper by Ollie and Hutch Neptune Fish Aquarium Stand. It supports tanks up to 37 gallons and features four interior shelves to store your aquatic supplies. The Neptune is one of the most elegant stands on our list, and customers were happy with its solid design. However, the product description created confusion when it stated the stand could support 650 pounds. The manual mentions it has a 400-pound capacity, but owners of the Neptune contend that the manual’s figure was a typo, and it can hold a 55-gallon tank weighing 650 pounds.
4. B R 20/29-Gallon Paneled Aquarium Fish Stand
|Size:||27.5” L x 15.50” W x 6.5” H|
The B R 20/29-Gallon Paneled Aquarium Fish Stand has a large storage area to store supplies and supports tanks up to 29 gallons. Unlike other stands, the B R 20/29’s storage door blends in with the design to give it a sleeker appearance. Although the frame is sturdy and attractive, some customers had trouble with the assembly. Several pre-drilled holes were not deep enough, and customers had to use a drill to modify the holes to assemble the unit. However, the stand is stable enough to hold a 29-gallon tank after you struggle with the assembly, and most aquarists were happy with its appearance.
5. Aquatic Fundamentals 55/38 Gallon Aquarium Stand
|Size:||14.25” L x 48.75” W x 27.75” H|
Most aquarium stands for large tanks require a significant investment, but the Aquatic Fundamentals 55/38 is an affordable option for your massive aquarium. It has a moisture-resistant base that most stands lack, and it has more interior room than other large stands. Customers loved the smooth, seamless design, but several had issues with the assembly. Like our fourth pick, the 55/38 requires modifications to assemble it correctly. Some of the pre-drilled holes cracked when customers installed the screws, and you may need a drill and wood glue to prevent damage to the panels. However, this problem did not occur with every unit, and some aquarists assembled it without issues.
6. All Glass Aquarium AAG51007 15column Stand
|Size:||29” L x 22” W x 13” H|
|Color:||Black and brown|
The All Glass Aquarium AAG51007 15column Stand is designed to display a 15-gallon column tank. It has ample storage for your equipment, and although it’s tall, the stand does not wobble when it holds a full tank. The manufacturer had several complaints when previous product descriptions displayed an aquarium with a stand. The picture confused some customers because they thought the aquarium was included, but the photo was replaced with one that only shows the stand. Aquarists were generally happy with the stand, but some complained that the parts were damaged during delivery. Most of the damage was cosmetic, but, unfortunately, the company did not use packing that protected its product.
7. Imagitarium Preferred Winston Tank Stand
|Size:||12.5” L x 30” W x 29.5” H|
The Imagitarium Preferred Wilson Tank Stand is designed to hold a 29-gallon tank. It has removable shelves on the interior so you can customize how you store your supplies. Instead of the black acrylic finish used on most stands, the Imagitarium has an espresso stain finish that makes it look like a premium cabinet. Customers were happy with the stand’s stability, but most had problems assembling it. The instructions are vague and unhelpful, and some aquarists spent hours putting it together. Also, the paneling is not water-resistant, and if you have a leaking filter, the water can warp and crack the finish.
8. HG Fluval Flex 15g Stand Black
|Size:||16.34” L x 16.54” W x 30.31” H|
The HG Fluval Flex 15g Stand is made to fit 15-gallon Fluval aquariums, and it’s ideal for aquarists who prefer a simple design. Unlike many stands on our list, the Flex includes a shelf in the storage area. The modern curved design is unique when you compare it to the competition, and it complements the sloping lines of the Fluval tanks. Fluval aquarium owners were satisfied with the stand and liked how it made their aquariums stand out, and most did not have problems with the assembly. However, it’s only designed to hold Fluval products, and it’s pricey for such a small stand.
9. Landen Aquarium Wooden Stand and Cabinet for up to 40 Gal Tank
|Size:||26.62” L x 17.72” W x 33.86” H|
The Landen Aquarium Wooden Stand takes a minimalist approach to its design and features a seamless door with black covers that hide the hinges. The tank supports 40-gallon aquariums and has a massive storage area where you can keep a sump pump or aquarium supplies. Overall, the Landen is a sturdy design that’s unlikely to tip from the tank’s weight, but it’s not the most straightforward stand to assemble.
The instructions only include diagrams without text, and several customers had problems attaching the door hinges. Also, the packing material does not protect the wood from damage, and some aquarists were disappointed the company placed their brand name on the front of the door. The Landen is sturdy, but its dorm-room design will not appeal to everyone.
10. Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Metal Aquarium Stand
|Size:||48.3” L x 12.8” W x 27.8” H|
Aquarium supplies can be expensive when you have several marine creatures, and it’s nice to find a way to cut some of your costs. The Aquatic Fundamentals 55-Gallon Metal Aquarium Stand is the most affordable stand on our list for 55-gallon tanks, but it may not be the best option for supporting a 650-pound full aquarium.
Most frames have a solid surface to support the bottom of the aquarium, but the Aquatic Fundamentals only has a narrow steel piece to hold the massive tank. Some customers were worried that the tank slides too easily without proper support, and others mentioned the center bar starts to sag under the tank’s weight. While it’s affordable, the stand is not very sturdy.
Buyer’s Guide: Picking the Best Aquarium Stand
Aquarium stands come in several sizes and designs, but which model is suitable for your home? Before picking your favorite, you can examine these factors that may influence your decision.
Maintaining an aquarium without spilling water is unlikely, but some of the stands on our list are not water-resistant. Although they’re not as attractive as the wooden models, metal stands typically will not warp or fall apart from water damage.
Interestingly, most stand manufacturers do not use water-resistant materials, but you can prevent damage from wooden stands by adding a waterproof aquarium mat that absorbs water and prevents cracking or warping. You can also add silicone caulk to the stand’s seams to prevent water entry.
If you have a 20-gallon aquarium and order a stand for 20-gallon tanks, the unit may not fit. Long tanks will not work on frames designed for aquariums with high walls, and tanks with unusual hexagonal or cylindrical shapes will only fit on custom stands.
Before buying a support for your aquarium, measure your tank and check the product’s dimensions. You can also make an outline on a long table or floor with pieces of yarn or rope that match the product’s size. Lay your empty tank on top of the outline to ensure you will not have an overhang.
Checking the dimensions and measuring the tank is essential, but you will not know if the stand fits until you assemble it. If the manufacturer provided inaccurate measurements on the product page, you might have to return the frame. However, some companies do not honor returns when the package is opened. Look for companies that allow returns even when the stand has been assembled.
The simplest stand designs do not include much room for storage, but you may need additional space for a sump pump and other aquatic supplies. Although most premium stands have storage areas, some do not include shelves. A large open space may be perfect for bulky components, but if you want to store food, filters, conditioners, and other small supplies, you’ll need a model with two or more shelves.
Stand makers provide weight recommendations for their stands, but most of them only offer estimates based on empty tanks. If your 55-gallon tank weighs 650 pounds when it’s full, some 55-gallon stands will sag or break under the weight. Check the product’s weight ratings and look for reviews from customers that mention how much weight the unit can tolerate.
Generally, the wooden stands that resemble cabinets or entertainment centers are more supportive than models made with metal tubes. If you have a large, heavy tank, use a cabinet-style stand with more surface area.
We reviewed several attractive stands, but some units are more fitting for a classroom than a home with elegant décor. If the stand’s appearance is a primary factor, you’ll generally pay more for a frame that looks like premium furniture.
We included a few companies that make stands for specific aquariums. If you have a biOrb or Fluval aquarium, the custom stands made for those tanks are excellent, but we do not recommend using a standard tank with a custom stand. Some customers mentioned the disasters that occurred after placing their tanks on special stands.
We hope our buyer’s guide and reviews have helped you discover the best aquarium stand for your home. We found several exceptional products, but the most impressive model was the Flipper by Ollie & Hutch aquarium stand. Because the unit has two platform sizes, you can flip it over if you need a longer or shorter platform for your high-walled tank. Our best value pick was the biOrb aquarium. We liked the affordable price and design that takes up less space than most competitors.
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