maintenance, care, compatibility
Tumba under the aquarium and everything you need to know about it.
Many craftsmen themselves are trying to create coasters of wood, chipboard, make good wrought iron thumbs for the aquarium, which look spectacular and well suited for small tanks. But often inside the home-made furniture looks like a big box, which is not very suitable as a reliable support for a heavy container filled with water.
In addition to the attractive type of cabinet, a round or rectangular aquarium should meet several other critical requirements.
For a start, prepare well the floor where the support will be installed, the surface of the coating should be without unevenness, as smooth as possible. It is also desirable to make the tabletop of our stand not from a simple chipboard, but from a laminated material or wood. It should not suffer from spilled water or sag under the weight.
The dimensions of the cabinet under the aquarium of solid wood should not exceed the size of the tank so that the load is evenly distributed on the vertical wallsand.
The height of such a stand should not be large, otherwise the design will turn out to be unstable. If the curbstone you are doing above 90 cm, then the back wall should be further strengthened. Overall and long aquariums require even more caution.
To eliminate the deflection of the table top, additional vertical partitions should be installed inside the bollards. Free space can be filled with various shelves, which will make the product only stronger.
In the back, closed from the view wall of the pedestal under the aquarium, holes for hoses and wiring are made. This allows you to hide communications that go from water to additional equipment.
The appearance of the furniture only benefits from this.
Now, perhaps, you will not find a home aquarium, standing directly on the floor. It is always installed on a special stand – a curbstone.
Of course, the 15-liter tank for ornamental fish can be put on a regular table or on a TV stand. But, according to the aquarists themselves, starting with a 50-liter can and above, the bollard is a must.
Moreover, it should not be a chest of drawers for clothes sold in a furniture store, but a special stand.
What is the reason?
But the thing is: constant pressure, for example, a 100-liter aquarium, is so great on the stand that its surface can bend over time, and even a slight deflection will necessarily cause a breakdown of the glass structure.
Simply put, the glass will crack at best, and burst at worst. Consequently, the main difference between an aquarium stand and ordinary dressers or coasters is the large number of vertical internal supports that do not allow the table top to sag.
The second feature is the material for the drawer. It must be waterproof (especially the tabletop), as when servicing the home aquatic system, minor spills are inevitable, and this threatens to deform the surface.
Therefore, it is better to use laminated MDF (fine fraction) or chipboard (chipboard).
Is it easy to find on sale a ready-made cabinet that meets all these requirements? Probably, for some standard aquariums, you can pick up a stand in specialized stores. And if the aquarium is non-standard?
In this case, it is recommended to make it yourself. Not particularly and difficult task for an experienced home wizard.
Stands for aquariums, their types and rules of manufacture
Modern manufacturers, most often, sell a complete set – an aquarium can be purchased with a cabinet corresponding to its weight and size. As an option, the owner makes a support for the aquarium himself.
This significantly affects the cost of the aquarium. After all, it is necessary to purchase equipment that also costs a lot.
Tumba under the aquarium with his own hands is done in accordance with the size of the aquarium. It must meet the standard requirements: be strong, do not bend, not stagger.
The integrity of the aquarium depends on the stability and strength of the support – a sagging tabletop will lead to the deformation of the walls, the appearance of cracks, and the flow of the aquarium.
No one wants to once find all of their pets on the floor due to the fact that the aquarium has burst, unable to withstand the increased load on the walls.
The cabinet for the aquarium with their own hands can be made of old furniture. The main parts are cut according to the prepared drawing, sealed, polished and painted.
It is good if shelves are provided in such a homemade cabinet — they will help increase the rigidity of the structure. Do not forget about the holes in the rear wall – for the wires and hoses of aquarium equipment.
Quite durable products are obtained in which the main elements of the frame (racks, legs, crossbars) are made of a metal pipe or a rectangular profile. Such designs can withstand even the largest aquariums in the hundreds of liters.
The legs are adjustable, which makes it possible to set the height of the pedestal, and also to adjust them in case of small irregularities in the plane of the floor. The remaining parts of the product, for example, doors or shelves, can be made from MDF, laminated chipboard, made of durable tempered glass.
These coasters look wonderful and serve reliably.
Finally, we describe a somewhat unusual type of furniture that rescues lovers of fish living in modest rooms. Qualitatively assembled custom-made cabinets for an aquarium look great, manufacturers know how to handle edges, cover material with paint and varnish, paint facades in white, black, wenge or other wonderful shades. But the shape of the product also plays a huge role.
Because of their size, rectangular structures sometimes constrain the owners of small apartments. A good way out is the acquisition of angular pedestals for an aquarium.
Of course, in this case the reservoir should also be triangular in shape, which initially confuses some aquarists. If you put your favorite thing in the room nowhere, but there are free corners, then this option will be an ideal way out. Visually, you get an excellent solution that does not require much space and allows you to contain even large fish.
Large distortion is practically not observed, maybe from a very small distance, and, importantly, a triangular aquarium is perfectly visible from all points of the room.