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Best fish tank stand: Six best stands for every style and budget

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While choosing a fish tank stand may not feel like the most exciting part of your new aquatic adventure, it's one of the best ways to ensure your finned friends stay safe and secure while swimming about in their tank. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which one is right for your home?

Well, the good news is that shopping for the perfect stand for your tank is easier than you might think. Once you've selected one of the best fish tanks to house your new friends in, the next step is to find a stand strong enough to support its weight.

If you have one of the best small fish tanks, a basic stand is likely all you're going to need. A simple, four-legged stand will easily support a lightweight tank and they're also affordable, which is great if you're on a budget. Just be mindful that the more basic the stand, the less bells and whistles you're going to get, so if you're wanting storage space, you'll need to opt for a small cabinet.

And speaking of cabinets, if you have a large tropical fish tank, this style of stand is definitely worth considering. They're ideal if your tank requires a lot of cabling that you want to hide away and you'll get plenty of shelving where you can tuck away fish food and other equipment so that your living space stays clean and tidy. Cabinets are also very stable, so you don't have to worry about your finned friends taking a tumble.

It's worth also giving some consideration to what kind of look you're after as different materials have different pros and cons. Steel, for example, is incredibly durable, looks sharp and is a breeze to clean, requiring little more than a wipe down with a damp cloth. But, it does have a colder look and some steel is prone to scratching. Wood, on the other hand, looks stunning and can add a real touch of sophistication to your home, but it needs a lot of polishing to keep it looking its best.

Now that you know a little bit more about what kind of support structure would be best for your aquarium, let’s dive in and check out some fintastic fish tank stand options for every budget. 

PetRadar's pick of the best fish tank stands

The Fluval Roma Cabinet is our best fish tank stand overall

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Fluval Roma Cabinet

Best overall fish tank stand

Specifications
Color: Walnut
Tank Size: 125L
Storage: Yes
Dimensions: 71.5 x 80 x 35cm
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for large aquariums+Hidden storage+Gorgeous color
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey-Not suitable for tropical tanks

This large Pets at Home fish tank stand is gorgeous and would look great in any home, especially if you want to make your aquarium a feature. Made from sturdy wood, this fish tank stand can hold aquariums up to 125 litres, and it’s the perfect height for admiring your fish when sat down.

We love the warm walnut finish that contrasts nicely with a lit-up tank. For an aquarium of this size, you are likely to want lots of accessories to go with it. This fish tank stand has storage space underneath for any products, fish food and accessories, which can be hidden away nicely by the double doors. Overall, this is a quality product that is built to last.

Our best fish tank stand budget-buy is the Wave Coated Wood Cabinet

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Wave Coated Wood Cabinet

Best budget fish tank stand

Specifications
Color: Black
Tank Size: 60L
Storage: No
Dimensions: 60 x 32 x 70 cm
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Minimalistic design+Fits medium-sized tanks
Reasons to avoid
-No storage

Display your fish tank in style without breaking the bank with this modern Wave Coated Wood Cabinet. This is a quality item which will make a welcome addition to any fish lover's home, but with the price tag of a much less impressive looking stand.

This open-plan cabinet measuring 60x32x70 cm is strong enough to take the weight of most medium and large aquariums. It's designed to match up with rectangular 60-liter rectangular aquariums, but reviewers have pointed out that it has supported their 70-litre tanks without any issues. For a perfect marriage you can pair it with aquariums from the Wave Riviera and Basic range, but it's suitable for similar shaped tanks too.

If you are looking for a stand with storage there is a shelf as part of the design, but remember that what you put on it will be in plain view. You may not want to spoil its contemporary look with old packets of opened fish food, but it's there if you need it. Overall, this is a great inexpensive yet attractive stand that will make a great feature in any home.

Our best fish tank stand for stylish design is the Tetra Starter Line Cabinet

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Tetra Starter Line Cabinet

Best stylish fish tank stand

Specifications
Color: Black
Tank Size: 80L
Storage: Yes
Dimensions: 36 x 60.5 x 72.5 cm
Reasons to buy
+Discreet storage+Simple, sleek design+Adjustable shelves
Reasons to avoid
-May need an anti-slip pad

If you’re not looking for anything too comprehensive, then this black fish tank stand from Tetra is simple and reliable. Black suits almost any home decor and this stand is sturdy enough to hold a tank of up to 80 litres.

While it looks fairly small, this fish tank actually has a generous amount of concealed storage in the middle, with height adjustable shelves so you can tailor it to your liking. Here you can discreetly tuck away fish food and other accessories.

Users found this product easy to assemble, but recommend putting some cushioning under this fish tank stand to provide stability and protect your flooring.

 

This Biorb Aquarium Stand is the best fish tank stand for Biorbs

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Biorb Aquarium Stand

Best for biorb fish tanks

Specifications
Color: Black/Silver
Tank Size: 60L
Storage: No
Dimensions: 74 x 37.6 x 4.6 cm
Reasons to buy
+Easy to assemble+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Not suitable for humid tanks

This fish tank stand is designed for classic biorb fish tanks, and while it might seem simple, users say the stand is super sturdy and really makes their biorb a feature in their home. It doesn’t have any storage space, but this would be the perfect size for supporting your fish tank in smaller spaces such as bedrooms or kitchens.

The stand is made from MDF and users found it easy to assemble. However, this stand may not be suitable for saltwater tanks due to the temperature, which could make the wood damp.

The Aqua One Aqua Zone 28 Cabinet is the best fish tank stand for storage

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Aqua One Aqua Zone 28 Walnut/Black Gloss Cabinet

Best for storage

Specifications
Color: Black/walnut
Tank Size: 28L
Storage: Yes
Dimensions: 74 x 38 x 25 cm
Reasons to buy
+Reversible design+Suitable for cold water or tropical tanks+Hidden storage
Reasons to avoid
-Only for small tanks

For those with smaller tanks, this is a sleek and stylish cabinet that can make your tank look the part. It looks high quality with its walnut wooden sides and top, and a contrasting black gloss cabinet door.

However, if you prefer to mix it up, the door is reversible so that the entire unit becomes matching walnut. This product comes flat packed and is easy to assemble and will hold a tank of up to 28 liters. It’s suitable for coldwater tanks, but if you add a heater to this stand, it can become suitable for tropical fish tanks too.

If you have a small aquarium stand then the Fluval Flex Floor Unit is the best fish tank stand for you

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Fluval Flex Floor Unit

Best for small fish tanks

Specifications
Color: Black/white
Tank Size: 57L
Storage: Yes
Dimensions: 41.5 x 77 x 42 cm
Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Sturdy, thick materials+Comes in black or white
Reasons to avoid
-No hidden storage

The curvy and compact design of this fish tank stand makes it a stylish addition to any room. It has a wide and sturdy top surface with a thickness of 1.5cm. This stand can hold a tank of up to 57 liters, but of course, you can place smaller tanks on this unit too.

The four feet keep it sturdy on any surface and its shelf makes two large open compartments at the front, which can either be used for fish tank storage or any other type of storage. This single unit design would suit smaller rooms and comes in both black and white to suit your style preferences. 

Petco Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal Tank Stand

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Petco Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal Tank Stand

Best durable fish tank stand

Specifications
Color: Black
Tank size: 40 gallon
Storage: No
Dimensions: 36.5 x 18.5 x 29.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Solid and sturdy construction+Adjustable feet+Sleek and modern design
Reasons to avoid
-Scratches easily

If you're looking for a strong and sturdy stand that can easily accommodate a 40-gallon tank, then this durable steel option with its sleek and modern design is well worth considering.

Measuring 36.5 x 18.5 x 29.5 inches and weighing 32.15 pounds, it features adjustable feet for leveling before you add your tank and it's also super easy to assemble with just a few bolts going in each corner.

One thing worth noting is that the steel is easily scratched, so you'll want to be careful putting your tank on top and there's no solid self for storage. But aside from those two minor drawbacks, this is an incredibly well designed, high quality fish tank stand that will last you for years to come.

How to buy the best fish tank stand

So what do you need to look out for when buying a fish tank stand? Depending on the size of the tank, the material you choose for your fish tank stand is important.

Most stands are made from MDF, plywood or metal. Most wooden stands are ideal for pretty much any size tank, but it’s important to check the durability of the material if you have a saltwater fish tank. Some woods may not be suitable, as the humidity in the tank can erode wood over time.

You should also think about the size and height of the fish tank stand depending on where you want to put it. Wider and shorter stands are great for living rooms as the fish will be at eye level when you are sitting down, while taller, narrower stands are great for bedrooms or kitchens where you may be short on space.

If you don’t like clutter, we recommend choosing a fish tank stand with plenty of cupboard space beneath for discreet storage options. 

Sarah Butcher

Sarah is a freelance writer and marketer, covering a variety of topics from lifestyle and fitness to sustainability and travel. When she’s not writing for PetsRadar or other websites, she can be found looking after her pet chickens or relaxing with a cuppa and a cute doggo snoozing on her lap!