When you purchase an aquarium, then take care that the cabinet is included with it. This will be the best option, since the manufacturer of the aquarium kit – the bollard has perfectly adjusted all sizes and calculated the load.
Of course, there are such situations when the purchase of a set is simply impossible for one reason or another: lack of funds, the stand does not fit the interior of the room, or simply the manufacturer did not provide a stand in the kit. In any case, you will have to purchase it separately and choose from the range available in your stores.
Immediately I warn you that installing an aquarium on pieces of furniture not intended for this is strictly prohibited, because a bedside table that is not designed for the required weight can easily break and then the fall of your aquarium and the flooding of the room is inevitable.
Aquarium pedestal has special structural elements and stiffeners that significantly increase its strength. The main factors influencing the choice of cabinets are the size of the aquarium and its weight.
The size of the tabletop must be equal to or greater than the size of the bottom of the aquarium. Height is selected in such a way that it would be convenient to treat the aquarium to a sitting person. It is desirable that in the cabinet there were shelves closed by doors, in which it would be possible to hide aquarium equipment, food, medicines, etc.
Also in the internal compartments of the necessary technological holes for leading hoses and wiring for example for an external filter.
Not insignificant when choosing a bedside is the material from which it is made. The durability of the cabinet and the preservation of its aesthetic appearance during operation depend on the material. The most common and cheap material in our time is chipboard, it is suitable for most types and sizes of aquariums.
Curbstones are reinforced with additional internal partitions to provide additional strength, but this material has one major drawback, the particle board does not tolerate moisture, begins to bulge and deteriorates when it hits the ground directly on areas not protected by laminate.
More moisture-resistant and strong material is MDF, it is more expensive than chipboard, but by all characteristics significantly exceeds it.
More expensive material in the manufacture of stands is wood, treated with special solutions that prevent the absorption of moisture and deformation of the tree. This material is much stronger than the previous ones, therefore it allows placing aquariums of such size on such pedestals, besides, it has a very presentable and expensive view.
For aquariums over 500 liters of volume, it is advisable to use the thumbs on the metal frame. The metal can withstand any load and moisture, but its lack of great weight and lack of aesthetic appearance, and therefore the frame must be sheathed with any decorative material.
All of the above materials are the basis for the absolute majority of thumbs for aquariums currently manufactured.
I hope this article will help you to navigate a little in a wide variety of choice of thumbs for aquariums.