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
According to the types of stands are divided by the type of material used and the form. Not all materials are suitable as a stand for an aquarium.
There are welded metal coasters for the aquarium, they are not recommended to be used, since the aquarium is an area of high humidity, and the metal is used to deteriorate and rot from moisture. Also not recommended to use the cabinets of lumber and natural wood, which do not have a moisture resistant coating.
In the form of coasters are divided into rectangular and angular. The simplest versions are exactly rectangular bollards, and they also represent the classics of a standard aquarium shape. In the manufacture of cabinets of any size and shape, you must adhere to these rules:
- material for manufacturing must be resistant to moisture;
- bearing thickness not less than 25 mm, it is a tabletop and a side wall;
- the design of the stand is calculated specifically for the aquarium, while it is necessary to provide for the possibility of installing the necessary equipment;
- It is obligatory to install adjustable legs under the stand, they are necessary for leveling the aquarium plane, eliminating pressure drops on the walls and damaging the glass structure;
- the pedestal must necessarily repeat the shape of the aquarium, if its corners are rounded, then the pedestal has the same shape, if the design of the aquarium is triangular, then the pedestal is executed in the appropriate shape. The support for a round aquarium is made round, polygonal or similar to the bookcase;
- The vertical seams of the aquarium are sealed with silicone; their number should be at least two;
- Aquarium frames are made of solid cast without intermediaries connecting and plywood, in the lower frame under the glass enclose a soft substrate.
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Having visited several specialized furniture stores, you, perhaps, have finally realized that in order to save the family budget, you can make a stand under the aquarium yourself. All that you need in the process, you can buy in the same store or on the market.
As for the design of the stand, you can come up with it yourself or find a few suitable and simple samples on the Internet.
Having chosen the design of the future stand, it is necessary to determine its size. Remember that the size of the stand should be slightly larger than the aquarium itself.
As soon as all the necessary materials have been purchased, the model and dimensions of the stand or stand have been chosen – you can safely get to work.
If you have some doubts – for example, “I don’t know how!”, “I won’t succeed” or “I have never done this, I’d better pay more and buy it,” – be sure that the finished bedside table do-it-yourself aquarium will bring you more pleasure than the one you bought at the store. Agree, to admire what is done with your own hands and to feel pride in yourself is much more pleasant than to look at the machine work.
It is advisable to start work only when you feel that inspiration has “come” to you. This will help speed up the process, which, as they say, will be executed “in one breath”.
With regard to the placement of the future stand or cabinets for the aquarium, there are several options. All of them directly depend on the volume of the aquarium, its size and, of course, on the square meters of your home.
For example, a large (more than 250 liters) aquarium located in the center of the room looks very nice in large houses or apartments. For such a design solution it would be better if the stand under the aquarium will be made of natural wood with elements of hand-carved.
For small or small apartments, the corner of a room or an aquarium built into the wall is an excellent solution.
The work of assembling the stand will be easier if previously you had to do something like that. If you do not have experience in the furniture business, then try to choose for yourself a structure that is not difficult to perform. The simpler the design, the easier and faster everything will be ready.
If necessary, do not hesitate to ask for help from your friends or in the workshop. The one who does nothing is not mistaken!
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.