55-gallon tank is what I call a perfect transition from a mid-sized tank to a big one. It’s not super big and difficult to manage. It’s just the right size for a few small and big fish, in addition to a lot of space for plants and decorations. Based on quality, material, design, and aesthetic, I’ve compiled a list of 5 best 55-gallon aquarium stands for you.
My Top Pick
The best aquarium stand is the one that ensures the safety of the tank to the T, alongside offering a few extra perks.
For a metal stand, my recommendation is Caitec TitanEze Aquarium.
It’s beautiful, minimalistic, and compact but also incredibly strong. For me, the fact that it can hold two aquariums (if you want it too) simply gives it an edge over any other metal stand.
Similarly, for a wooden stand, I’d go with the one by Flipper Ollie & Hutchwood.
The shelves provide generous space for storing, while the laminated particleboard assures excellent quality.
On top of that, the stand is simply stunning to look at, while offering all the functionalities a 55 gallon aquarium stand should give.
Let’s get to the detailed review now!
Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal Tank Stand
This 55-gallon aquarium stand by Imagitarium Brooklyn is the perfect example of the phrase ‘less is more.’
It’s sleek, minimalist design screams elegance—giving you aquarium every chance to stand out. The black finish also means it will complement any room décor or wall paint.
Since the stand is made of durable steel, its constriction is very sturdy. Similarly, it features an adjustable feel for leveling. Thus, you don’t have to worry about smoothening out the surface using the contractor’s level.
The stand is also super simple to assemble, making this tank a good choice for beginners.
This tank doesn’t feature compartments. However, if you want to, you can add Styrofoam to serve as a gasket between the wood board and the frame.
- Affordable and good value for money
- Elegant and minimalistic design
- Adjustable feet
- Easy Assembly
- Can leave a gap at the top assembly area
- Edge support only (not suitable for acrylic tanks)
Aquatic Fundamentals Black Aquarium Stand with Shelf
The only mixed-media 55 gallon aquarium stand to feature in this list. This sophisticated stand by Aquatic Fundamentals offers you the best of both worlds.
It features a durable, medium-density fiberboard top for greater stability and metal legs for firm support. The metal-to-metal assembly system makes it even more secure.
Furthermore, the moisture-resistant powder coating gives fool-proof protection against moisture. Just make sure to wipe it clean if the water spills.
The special feature about this tank stand is its unique yet functional design. It features shelves on both sides. Also, the shelves’ magnetic doors help keep the supplies secured, out of sight, and very handy to reach.
Lastly, the assembling process is a bit lengthy but still very straightforward and easy.
- Made with durable medium-density fiberboard
- Shelves with magnetic doors
- The secured metal-to-metal locking assembly
- No adjustable feet
- Some buyers had a problem fitting the screws
Caitec TitanEze Aquarium Stand
This 55 gallon aquarium stand by Caitec TitanEze is tasteful, compact, and robust.
However, the wow factor of this stand is that it can hold not one but two 55-gallon tanks simultaneously.
Yes, you read that right—the first one can be mounted at the top and the second one at the bottom. The sturdy metal built, coupled with special protectors at the feet to keep it from slipping, make this stand reliable enough to hold two tanks.
If you also have pet birds or reptiles at home, you can put one of the cages at the top, and a tank at the bottom like many buyers have done. Alternatively, you can place different tanks without any problem.
It’s been designed to take up less floor space, making it more convenient if your room is small or receives a lot of footfall. The decorative swirl at the top adds a nice, minimalistic design.
If you’re planning to put only one tank, the open bottom makes your life easier to manage all the wires connected to the pump, filter, chiller, etc.
- Foot stoppers prevent slipping and sliding
- Capable of holding two tanks
- Open bottom makes it easy to run cords
- Takes up less floor space
- No middle support
- Instructions aren’t too clear
Flipper Ollie & Hutch Wildwood
This 55 gallon aquarium by Flipper Ollie & Hutch Wildwood looks like it’s straight out of an antique shop.
The stand has a flat, wide top that’s suitable for both acrylic and glass aquariums. You can choose from three color options: rustic white, espresso, and rustic gray.
The white one has a beautifully weathered whitewood look, while the gray one looks like it’s made out of real wood, and the brown one has a rich texture and deep colors. Irrespective of the color, these stands are very well capable of standing out in any room.
Made with laminated particleboard, the stand has 4 spacious shelves to store your aquarium’s equipment, food, water treatments, and more. Each shelf has hinged doors with metal hardware accents. Also, each shelf is capable of holding up to 15lbs of weight.
If you’re looking for a strong aquarium stand that also doubles as elegant furniture, this is a great option for you.
- Durable laminated particleboard material
- 4 spacious hinged shelves
- Stylish color options
- Suitable for both glass and acrylic tanks
- Assembling is comparatively complex
- It’s on the pricier side
Ameriwood Home Aquarium Stand
This beautiful 55 gallon aquarium stand by Ameriwood Home blends the clean, modern look of steel with the robust built of wooden counterparts.
Suitable for tanks ranging from 50-75, it is made of dense particleboard to ensure a high safety level. The dark espresso woodgrain finish gives, combined with brushed nickeled wood handles, will easily make this tank the star furniture of any given setting.
There are two open compartments and two paneled doors that open up to spacious shelves at the front. You can store all of your tank’s accessories here for easy reach.
Also, its rectangular shape allows the aquarium stand to cozily fit against the wall. That creates an illusion of beautiful three-dimensional furniture.
- Detailed, Ikea-style instructions for assembly
- Great visual appeal
- Can hold up to 75 gallons
- Great accuracy in the placement of drilled holes
- Some buyers received a stand with slight chips in some areas at the bottom
- Takes two people to fit it
- Before you go, you might want to check out the following pieces of information!
How Big is a 55-Gallon Aquarium Stand?
So, did you know a 55-gallon tank when full weighs the same as an average male grizzly bear? Or a big vending machine? Yes, you read that right. These tanks can get pretty heavy.
- Height: 48” x 13” x 21” (L x W x H)
- Empty Weight: 78 lbs.
- Filled Weight: 625 lbs.
What you need is a solidly built stand that can support the heavy weight of the tank and not pose any risks to the creatures living inside or outside the tank.
What To Consider When Choosing A 55-Gallon Aquarium Stand?
Fishkeeping is almost like parenting if I dare say. Everyone has a different way of approaching it. Thus, your need for a 55-gallon aquarium stand may not always match with another aquarist.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a stand.
Size Of Your Tank
The market is saturated with a wide variety of styles, materials, and models you can select from. Honestly, it can even be frustrating to navigate through these choices.
Anyway, the first and foremost thing to consider when buying a stand is your tank’s size. The number of gallons your tank holds is ultimately the number one factor that will overrule all other considerations.
You’d never ever want to get a stand that’s meant for a smaller aquarium. It’s natural to think what harm a 50-gallon aquarium stand does—or perhaps, even a 40-gallon tank stand. That way, you’ll be unnecessarily putting risks on your livestock and yourself.
Material Of Tank
Not all aquariums are made the same. When choosing a 55 gallon aquarium stand, the tank’s media is also a key factor to consider.
If your aquarium is made of glass, it can only rest on a stand with edge support. If its acrylic, it will require a stand that supports the whole base of the aquarium.
How to tell if an aquarium is a glass or acrylic?
Here are a few differentiators between glass and acrylic media.
- Glass will feel colder, whereas acrylic will feel closer to warm or room temperature
- Glass will make a ringing noise, but acrylic will sound like a plastic bucket (dull, hollow sound) when you tap gently
- Glass tanks are mostly open with a center brace, while acrylic tanks feature a solid top and have access holes cut out
Material Of Stand
For stands, too, there are quite a few media options. However, the most common are metal, wood, and mixed media.
Metal stands are quite popular as they are on the affordable side. They make a good option for glass tanks since they can securely support the edges of a tank.
The metal used in the tank should be treated against corrosion.
On the other hand, wood stands offer generous support for the acrylic tank that needs full base support.
A bit on the pricier side, wood stands are built with drawers and compartments where you can hide stuff like a sump or a canister filter.
The wood used in the tank should be treated with a dark powder coat for protection against moisture.
Mixed media stands often feature metal locking fasteners and a wooden base with cabinets. These can be quite handy if you have a glass tank. But given the dual nature, these are comparatively expensive than metal and wooden stands.
Like for every other furniture, the wooden options are price compared to metal ones. But remember, you can’t pinch pennies if you have an acrylic tank. Expensive or cheap, your acrylic tank will absolutely require a wooden stand.
Well, the canopy is an extra factor to consider if you will. Rimless aquariums are a new rage, and canopies have gone down in popularity.
But if you have aggressive species like comet goldfish or killifish that tend to jump out of the tank, a canopy will effectively prevent that.
Canopies are also useful if you want to secure lighting units on the top. The most common canopy media options are:
4 Safety Measures To Apply Before Placing The Stand
The precautions you need to apply when placing a 55 gallon shouldn’t be taken for granted. Stands can make or break an aquarium—quite literally. You need to pay attention to factors like the location, floor support, exposure to elements, and levelling.
Here’s what you need to know:
Floor Support Is Crucial
First of all, you have to check the floor support underneath before placing the stand. If you are not convinced, go ahead and reinforce the placement.
This is even more important for homes with slightly raised foundations, where the bottoms are often supported with the help of the pillars.
Choosing The Right Location
A 55-gallon tank is not a joke. If it cracks or falls off, the consequences can be quiet. You have to be even more careful if there are kids in the home.
Make sure you choose an area with low footfall, so the chances of someone bumping into it or knocking it down are lessened.
Also, areas with constant activities and noise will cause a lot of disturbance to your fish, which will stress them.
Shield From Extreme Temperature
Steer clear of placing your fish tank next to the window or door. A cold wind breezing through the window or beaming sunlight can both cause sudden changes in temperature. To put it simply, it will make the living condition difficult for your fish and cause stress.
For the same reason, avoid placing your tanks near heating and cooling equipment like air conditioners, coolers, and fans.
Aim For Perfect Leveling And Height
Unequal pressure from wonky leveling can shatter your aquarium. Thus, you need to ensure that the leveling is smooth and even with the help of a contractor’s level.
If the floor is uneven, you can use carpenter levelling shims to stabilize the surface. Likewise, a tank stand with adjustable stands will make levelling a lot easier for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Install The Aquarium Stand By Myself?
Yes, you can absolutely install an aquarium stand on your own. The stands will come with clamps and screws (if needed) to put it together.
However, if it’s your first time, putting together a 55 gallon aquarium stand can be quite tricky. You might want to go with an easy-to-install option.
If you’re not too sure about its positioning and might want to move in the future, it’s again best to go with a stand that facilitates easy assembly.
Do All Aquariums Need A Stand?
If you have a tiny aquarium, you may or may not need a dedicated stand to place it.
However, irrespective of the tank’s size, it’s my recommendation to place your tank in a sturdy and leveled furniture or stand.
As for a 55 gallon aquarium, a reliable stand is a must.
What’s The Ideal Height For An Aquarium stand?
There’s no one answer to this question. The height requirement varies with your needs. However, you would want a stand that provides a good sitting or standing view of the tank.
Also, the height must allow easy accessibility and cleaning.
Do The Aquarium Stands Come With A Warranty?
The answer depends on the manufacturer, but stands do come with some level of warranty most of the time.
The warranties will only cover the defects in workmanship and materials. They may replace the entire piece or the damaged part.
However, the warranties do not cover intentional or accidental damage incurred by you. Thus, no compensation for damage inflicted by mishandling, misuse, or alteration.