For the do-it-yourself aficionados, these photos of individual and matching combination DIY aquarium stands, cabinets, and hoods/canopies that aquarists have built using a variety of materials is a great source to get design and style ideas when deciding to make your own stand, cabinet, and hood.
Joey Gibb's photo of his ingenious 45g Reef Tank which he put in his Grandma's 1955 television.
Darrin Hyer's photo of his 55g Reef Tank. Darrin used plywood, painted with a black enamel for the canopy. The top of the canopy hinges at the front for tank access. Simple design, but the black stand and canopy accentuates the tank itself.
Mike Keeth's photo of his 55g Reef Tank. Mike used a natural wood for the stand with wood trim. The front door on the stand make for excellent access to a sump, storage for other equipment and other supplies.
Rich Lewis' photo of his built-in 55g Reef Tank. If you are interested in a built-in, this will give you some ideas of what can be done. No fancy woodwork, but this design definitely accentuates the tank.
Peggy Hurst's 55g Fish-Only Tank. High gloss varnish highlights the custom stand and canopy.
Sammi Baker's Fish Only tank photo. The natural wood planks on the stand make for a rustic look and the front doors allow excellent access under the tank for plenty of storage plus a sump or filtration..
Steve's photo of his 65g Reef Tank, DIY cabinet and canopy. Steve used wood paneling for the cabinet, allowing under tank access with a single door. The canopy is not yet finished in this photo.
Paul Ramsey's photo of his 110g Reef Tank. Paul shows what can be done with the judicial use of trim to conceal the top of the tank.
B.J. Wincott's photo of his DIY 125g tank cabinet. B.J. tells us that his matching canopy is still under construction. Note the fine trim woodwork that the tank sits down inside. B.J. promises us more (and better) photos when the canopy is completed.
Kathy Asterita's photo of her 125g FO tank. In Kathy's own words: "This is a picture of a cabinet and hood I built in about 4 weeks. It was made out of birch and is 6 ft. 6 in. long and 24 in. wide and 36 in. high. It houses a 125 gal. F.O. tank." This is an outstanding DIY project that came together perfectly.