The 25 Gallon Tank Stand is designed for tanks up to 25 gallons. It provides a stable platform for your tank and has a built-in overflow system that helps prevent water from spilling out of the tank. The stand itself is made with high quality materials, and it comes with a one year warranty.

This 25 Gallon Tank Stand is the perfect addition to your fish tank. It comes with a durable, rust-resistant aluminum frame that holds up to 25 gallons of water and features a white powder-coat finish for durability. The stand includes a curved front edge that helps prevent fish from jumping out and an easy-to-clean, white plastic bottom tray. The stand also comes with two adjustable legs to ensure stability and safety while you’re moving it around!

Let’s begin with a materials list.

  • 2×4 pieces of lumber (8ft long) x 6
  • Wood Glue x 1
  • Pine Boards (1in x 2in x 8ft) x 3
  • Nails (1 ¼ in) x 1 box
  • Finishing Nails (2 ½ in) x 1 boxTools required: Miter Saw, Table Saw, Hammer, Drill Driver and Bits, Tape Measure, Pencils, Safety Goggles

25 Gallon Tank Stand

To build a stand for a 25 gallon aquarium, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 2 pieces of 1″ x 6″ x 8′ pine
  • 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood that’s 1.5′ x 3.5′ – it’s helpful to have this cut at the store if they offer it!
  • a door handle and latch
  • 8 hinges


For the 25-gallon tank stand, you will need the following materials:

  • 4x4x8 foot pressure treated pine (6 pieces)
  • 1x3x8 foot clear pine (4 pieces)
  • 3/4 inch dowel rods (12 pieces)
  • #10 2.5 inch wood screws (60 pieces)

You can purchase these materials at your local hardware store. I got mine from the Home Depot near my office and paid $58.75 for everything. You should be able to find essentially the same things at a Lowe’s or Menard’s as well, but I encourage you to shop around for a deal if you can! For example, at my local Menard’s, the 1″ x 3″ x 8′ clear pine is almost half of what it cost me at Home Depot—just $2.69 vs $5.56! Also make sure that you buy enough material; there’s nothing worse than having to make another trip back to the store because you cut too short!


You’ll need to purchase lumber for the stand. The size of your tank will determine the dimensions of your lumber, so be sure to buy wood that can support the weight of your aquarium. For example, a 25-gallon tank is roughly 36″ x 13″, which means you’ll need 2 pieces of lumber at 36″ long and 2 pieces at 13″ long. You can have these cut for you at the hardware store where you purchased them.


Plywood is a thin sheet of material made from thin layers of wood. It is a very strong material. Plywood is used in many construction projects. Due to its strength, it does not easily break or split apart. Using plywood for your tank stand will protect your tank from breaking when it gets knocked over by the pets in your house.


You’ll need two strong, durable hinges for the doors. These should be corrosion resistant, rust resistant and non-reactive if your project will be used in a wet area and/or food safe area (like a tank stand). Hinges that are stainless steel or brass would work well.

Wood Glue

You’ll need to use wood glue in many of the steps. Wood glue is a liquid that will dry hard. You can find it at any hardware or craft store.


Bolts are a great option for holding the stand together, due to their ability to hold heavy components without much play. For this project I used 1/4-20×1” bolts and nuts, but you can use any size that fits your application. The higher the number in front of the dash, the smaller the bolt (smaller=more technically precise), so if you want something that really holds things tight, get a small number. If you’re using a nut on either side of your components and don’t need it too precise, go large.


The nuts are used to secure the bolts by being threaded on to the bolts, which allows them to be tightened or loosened as needed. The nuts prevent the bolts from slipping out of place.


When it comes to washers, they are among the most diverse of all fasteners. While their purpose is simple, they can be used in a wide array of applications and industries.

This article will go over the basics of washers, including the different types you may come across and how to choose between them. We’ll also explore some general washer sizing information as well as typical uses for each type.


  • To build, divide this piece into 3 sections; with the side pieces being 8 inches long and the middle piece being 12 inches long.
  • Screws are used to hold the hinges in place on the door.


The cost of the tank stand and all its parts ranges from about $30-$50, depending on if you need to purchase any additional materials. A new 25 gallon tank can cost upward of $100, and depending on what type of fish you’re purchasing, a pair could be up to $40. You’ll also have to factor in some money for water conditioners and fish food.


Now that your tank stand is ready to go, you can get started on maintaining your aquarium by following these steps:

  • Perform partial water changes at least once a month, or as necessary to maintain good water quality.
  • Feed your fish no more than they can eat in 10 minutes per day (excess food is a source of pollution).
  • Perform routine maintenance on filter equipment and replace filter media when necessary.
  • Test the water chemistry and do other checks regularly to monitor the health of the aquarium environment; address problems as they arise!

A DIY fish tank stand, made with plywood, lumber, hinges and other materials.

This 25 Gallon Tank Stand is a great way to save money while building a sturdy, attractive stand.

Follow the steps below, and you’ll be good to go!

  • The finished product:
  • Cost: $50
  • Time: 4 hours

Materials needed: Plywood, lumber, hinges, wood glue, bolts, nuts, washers and screws

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