Aquarium stands can be made from a wide variety of materials including wood, steel, aluminum and plastics, but aluminum seems to be gaining ground in the medium to large tank size market. Our company builds industrial aluminum framing using “aluminum t-slot extrusions”.
The inquiries we receive about aquarium stands has significantly increased over the last 5 years. From my experience, there are clear reasons why aluminum extrusions are gaining traction in this and other markets.
First of all, the overall effect of TV shows and internetvideos about exotic aquariums has increased the market size. Interest in bothfreshwater and saltwater aquariums in the United States over the last 5 yearshas soared. Once regarded as mostly for hobbyists, fish tanks are more and moreconsidered interactive art and an integral part of home décor these days.
Increasing demand for larger tanks and salt water tanks has had a direct effect on demand for higher-quality aquarium stands, and this is where the story for aluminum aquarium stands actually begins.
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My first aquarium stand, like so many others, was made out of wood. It was traditional wood cabinet to display a small aquarium and to hide the equipment and supplies out-of-sight. But as people started investing more and more into aquarium tank setups, and aquarium tank manufactures started stressing the importance of flat, strong level stands for prevention of long-term tank issues, the idea of using better long-term materials instead of wood to protect their investment gained momentum.
Wood changes shape as it absorbs water from humid air, and asit dries out over and over again. That kind of stand change often voids tankwarranties and causing failures. Subtle unseen shape changes to wood stands area top factor in tank failures. So the search for a more stable constructionmaterial has been going on for a long time.
Traditionally, steel has been the go-to material upgrade foraquarium stands upgrades. It’s cheap, its strong and it comes in differentflavors. Stainless steel, powder-coated steel and wrought iron are all variationsof welded steel stands. Retailers usually have steel stands sitting next towood stands in their shops and these have become the main two options for many,many years. But steel has some downsides. First, it has to be welded, thenusually sanded and painted to prevent corrosion. Steel corrodes fairly easily(remember those big flakes of rust you see on steel car bodies?). And steel hasto be made where welders can work – in a specialized manufacturing shop withenvironmental and safety controls. Once that steel is welded together into aframe, its heavy, hard to move and can’t be ever disassembled again. So if youwant a stand larger than your door opening or one that is heavier than you cancarry, you might just be out of luck.
At about the same time, the variety of tank sizes and shapes available began to grow. Keeping 3 sizes of stands in stock no longer worked for retailers. They needed custom stands and stocking a wide variety not only took up a lot of space, it was also very expensive.
Even if 10 people bought the same exact tank, they may have 10 different ideas about the stand size and shape they wanted. Add that to an exploding landscape of filtering and pumping system configurations and the era of aquarium stand customization was upon us.
While steel is a good choice for mass-produced, inexpensiveaquarium stands, it is not suited well for customized stands. To make a steelaquarium stand, you have weld steel together – often by hand, and you can’t dothis in a home or business. So usually the steel stand has to be made elsewhereand brought to the final location by truck. Sorry, it’s not going to fit inyour Prius. As aquarium sizes grew, buying and moving large heavy steel standsbecame a more and more expensive proposition. And they just can’t overcome the hugelimitation found in most American homes: Door sizes and staircases. Carry thatsteel beast of a stand from the truck to the final location was oftendifficult, expensive, downright dangerous or sometimes impossible. There had tobe a better way.
Aluminum, when extruded into t-slot bars are like legos –they are easy to assemble and you build almost anything out of them. You canassemble it now, and take it apart years from now and make something else. Aluminumbars can be machined to very tight tolerances, shipped in a compact form factor( they are 2 – 3 times lighter than steel for the same strength), often can besent by UPS or Fedex, and they can be assembled at the final location – even ifit is located up 3 stairways in your attic. So, shipping and moving aluminumaquarium stands made from t-slot extrusions is much, much easier than steel.
But the advantages of aluminum stands don’t end there.Aluminum is easy to machine, so custom aquarium stands are much easier todesign and manufacture. If 3 people order 3 stands and they are 3 differentlengths, it’s not that big of deal. Aluminum became the de-facto standard inindustrial manufacturing because it is lighter, super strong, lasts almostforever, its easy to move, corrodes less, and its much simpler to customizethan steel. In today’s world, getting what you want instead of what theretailer has is in stock is important for many consumers – especially aquariumbuyers that are investing hundreds if not thousands of dollars into their tanksand equipment. Aluminum aquarium stands allow you to get exactly the size standyou want for your tank and your location. If you want a large stand in a smallroom on the 5th floor, you can get an aluminum stand up there prettyeasily. And you can configuration the stand to fit your tank, your equipmentand your style preferences.
While aluminum aquarium stands cost more than steel stands, they offer multiple additional important advantages. First, aluminum is better for long-term exposure to water and humidity than steel. When aluminum corrodes, it creates a small particle of white dust. When steel corrodes, it creates large destructive rusty flakes.
Remember the floor board of your 1970s VW bug or your grandfathers rusted out chevy truck? Those were steel items exposed to the elements and it wasn’t pretty. Aluminum, on the other hand, is the preferred framing used in clean rooms for this very reason – it corrodes less than steel. Less airborne particulates = cleaner environment. Steel has to be sandblasted and then painted to resist corrosion for any length of time. Aluminum is anodized (like those cool small aluminum flashlights at Walmart for $5) or it can be painted to resist corrosion. So aluminum aquarium stands can provide the look you want AND give you better corrosion-resistance than steel. You can also powder coat (paint) aluminum if that metallic anodized look doesn’t cut it for your favorite team colors or matching that Teal Fortnite rug.
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An important advantage aluminum stands have over steel stands is long-term value. A steel stand once it is no longer wanted, is usually carted off to the dump and spends the next few decades corroding into rusty flakes at your nearest dump or landfill.
Aluminum extrusions, on the contrary, can be disassembled and re-assembled into a larger aquarium stand, a smaller stand or that work bench you always wanted in the garage. Aluminum’s long-term “repurpose-ability” is like an insurance policy in case you ever make a change in your life.
At F&L Industrial Solutions, we design custom aquarium stands that start at about $650 for a 1,000 lb. basic tank frame and up. Pa casino gaming commission. The average one with a top and lower shelf is probably closer to $1,000. Each one is exactly the size you want, and there isn’t any additional cost to get it your exact size.
It will ship to you dis-assembled, and you will be able to carry the components through any doorway and build it where you want with just a set of Allen wrenches. You can have us create a fully paneled cabinet with doors, or just order the base frame and do the rest yourself. As we use aluminum t-slot extrusions, it is extremely easy to attach panels and doors to our framing – or just slide the panels into the slot. Many people buy the basic frame with a top and lower shelf, and add the paneling and doors later. Kinda like a layaway plan.
Complete Aquarium Kits With Stands
While wood and steel have served the aquarium world well for the last 50 years, the new kid on the block – aluminum t-slot extrusions – is here to stay. And it might just be a material you should consider when you move or buy your next dream tank. The advantages of purchasing an aluminum aquarium stand are many and well worth the additional expense for most serious fishkeepers/aquarists.
If you are interested in getting a quotation for an aquarium stand made from high-quality aluminum t-slots, check out our brochure here. Then shoot us an email at [email protected] with the dimensions of your stand (Length, Depth and Height) and we will provide a quote in a few days. Once you purchase it, it will take about 2-3 weeks to send the kit from our Indiana or California location.
Note – custom anodizing or powder-coating takes about 2+ weeks longer.
Aluminum Aquarium Stand
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Luxury aquarium stand made from 80/20 t-slot aluminum extrusion and aluminum top by F&L Industrial Solutions
Aquarium Steel Stand
Here are a couple of examples of recent aquarium stands we have done using 80/20 t-slot aluminum extrusion. Aluminum extrusion provides an extremely strong, versatile (can be customized exactly how you want it), and functional stand that offers a unique industrial look. These stands are not meant to replace inexpensive wood or metal stands at your local pet store. Instead, they were custom designed and made for Aquarium owners that wanted something unique and customized just for their display.
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Black anodized aquarium stand with canopy made with 80/20 t-slot extrusion by F&L Industrial Solutions
Black anodized aquarium stand with canopy made with 80/20 t-slot extrusion by F&L Industrial Solutions
Aluminum T Slot Aquarium Stand
We are currently developing a line of high-quality aquarium stands that provide aquarium owners a step up in stand strength, functionality and visual aesthetics. In the meantime, we would be happy to design and build a beautiful aquarium stand for you. Just shoot us an email at [email protected] or call us at 1-858-602-1500.