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Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon Aquarium Stand Build


Danish Design
Danish Design
Danish Design
Danish Design

I'm scaling down from a 180 gallon saltwater tank to a 25 gallon lagoon tank from innovative marine. I wasn't interested in the stand they sell so I wanted to make my own. I found a great looking tank on Pinterest that someone made for a planted tank and decided to make one to my dimensions for a salt tank. The overall cost of the tank stand and lights was around $155 and I got everything I needed from Home Depot and materials I already had.
The stand was a fun build, and while it was relatively easy it did take a few tools and as far as time goes... it took forever. The build of the stand didn't take that long but all the dry times between staining, clear coating, and prep work involved made this a multi day process. Figuring out which color stain I wanted to use made this process take even longer. I learned its better to make the cuts you need first then stain and clear coat each piece instead of staining the whole board before making cuts otherwise you get chipped areas near the cuts that don't have stain and need restaining. Always buy more material than you think you need to avoid having to go back to the store (a few times). The pegboard and a ridiculous amount of zip ties has helped keep all the cords for the tank equipment organized on the back wall of the stand. I even took it a step further and used a label maker to label all the chords after I took the pics. Tools used: drill and driver set, brad nailer, miter saw, circular saw, jig saw, orbital sander, sanding blocks, variety of clamps, stapler, paint brushes, rags, and probably a few other things I've forgotten about. Materials: 4x4, 2x4, 1x3, 1x2, (almost all Doug Fir, or common), Simpson strong tie brackets, a lot of various kids of screws, stain pre-treatment, red mahogany stain, polyurethane clear coat, wood glue, plywood, pegboard, corner brackets, etching primer spray paint and black spray paint, yard fabric, and probably a few other things I've forgotten.
I love the look and it was half the cost of buying the one for the tank online. I could have built this for way less money if I hadn't used the brackets. Between the 8 brackets and several hundred screws to assemble it all the cost skyrocketed. But it was the look I was going for and still a bargain compared to other options for purchase. And who doesn't love a good DIY project every now and then? Making the light stand/hanger was also a fun DIY. Now I just need to let the tank cycle and start swapping over livestock and corals and tear down the huge tank to make room for this little guy. So much more work ahead of me... ;)

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  • Very nice build, I'm digging the metal accents!
    By Tjbaum, on March 21, 2017
    • Thanks! It was a nice design. I can't take credit for it but it is a nice industrial look. I'm really happy with it.
      By Danish Design, on March 22, 2017

  • Nicely done. The finish and accent pieces go great together.
    By grover959, on March 22, 2017
    • Thanks! It turned out better than I thought. I was worried about how the finish and metal would look. I tried a couple different stains before committing to one. Even then I was worried. But it turned out just fine.
      By Danish Design, on March 24, 2017

  • The metal accents were definitely worth it. You did an amazing job on this piece!
    By RYOBI Nation, on March 23, 2017
    • Thanks! Yeah I'm glad I went with the metal accents. They made it more expensive but also made it look more interesting.
      By Danish Design, on March 24, 2017

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Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon Aquarium Stand Build

by Danish Design
Mar 20, 2017
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I'm scaling down from a 180 gallon saltwater tank to a 25 gallon lagoon tank from innovative marine. I wasn't interested in the stand they sell so I wanted to make my own. I found a great looking tank on Pinterest that someone made for a planted tank and decided to make one to my dimensions for a salt tank. The overall cost of the tank stand and lights was around $155 and I got everything I needed from Home Depot and materials I already had. The stand was a fun build, and while it was relatively easy it did take a few tools and as far as time goes... it took forever. The build of the stand didn't take that long but all the dry times between staining, clear coating, and prep work involved made this a multi day process. Figuring out which color stain I wanted to use made this process take even longer. I learned its better to make the cuts you need first then stain and clear coat each piece instead of staining the whole board before making cuts otherwise you get chipped areas near the cuts that don't have stain and need restaining. Always buy more material than you think you need to avoid having to go back to the store (a few times). The pegboard and a ridiculous amount of zip ties has helped keep all the cords for the tank equipment organized on the back wall of the stand. I even took it a step further and used a label maker to label all the chords after I took the pics. Tools used: drill and driver set, brad nailer, miter saw, circular saw, jig saw, orbital sander, sanding blocks, variety of clamps, stapler, paint brushes, rags, and probably a few other things I've forgotten about. Materials: 4x4, 2x4, 1x3, 1x2, (almost all Doug Fir, or common), Simpson strong tie brackets, a lot of various kids of screws, stain pre-treatment, red mahogany stain, polyurethane clear coat, wood glue, plywood, pegboard, corner brackets, etching primer spray paint and black spray paint, yard fabric, and probably a few other things I've forgotten. I love the look and it was half the cost of buying the one for the tank online. I could have built this for way less money if I hadn't used the brackets. Between the 8 brackets and several hundred screws to assemble it all the cost skyrocketed. But it was the look I was going for and still a bargain compared to other options for purchase. And who doesn't love a good DIY project every now and then? Making the light stand/hanger was also a fun DIY. Now I just need to let the tank cycle and start swapping over livestock and corals and tear down the huge tank to make room for this little guy. So much more work ahead of me... ;)