2017’s Best 55 Gallon Aquarium Stands Reviewed: Metal, Wood and More!

55-gallonAlthough there are many different sizes of fishtank stands for sale, the 55 gallon size seems to be one of the more popular sizes.  There are many reasons for this with the main one being that it is not too big but also not too small at the same time.  It can be used for more aggro fish like African Cichlids or for smaller fish as well.  When it is full of water it weighs in at a whopping 550 pounds.  This means that you can’t simply stick it on a table or it will break, you must get a proper tank stand.

Types of Aquarium Stands for 55 Gallon Tanks

Overall there are 3 different types of  fish tank stands that you have to consider before making a purchase.  They are metal, wood and mixed media.  Some kinds are cheap, some are more expensive.  Each has it’s own features and they are used for different purposes which we will go over below.

Solid Wood

wood-tank-standIf you want the tank stand to match your furniture or room then wood is an excellent choice.  It will add a nice touch to almost any room.  Other benefits are that some models will come with a built in cabinet and drawers combo to store stuff in.  Also there are a lot of different varieties in this type.  It works well with acrylic tanks and provides good support for them.

On the other hand there are some drawbacks of wood stands for 55 gallon tanks.  The main one is that not all types of wood do well with moisture.  You need to make sure that the wood has a good finishing on it to prevent damage.  We would recommend getting a wood stand that is made with MDF (medium density fiberboard) over particle board.  The reason for this is that particle board will eventually fall apart if exposed to enough moisture!  We don’t have to tell you that would be a disaster for your pet fish.

Metal/Steel

metal-tank-standMetal stands are one of the most popular choices.  The reason for this is that they are very affordable among many other benefits.  You must only use these with glass tanks though, because the design supports the edges of the tank which is not good enough for acrylic tanks.  If you do decide to get a metal aquarium stand then make sure that it is treated for corrosion properly or it could end up rusting and causing huge issues.  A negative point for the metal ones is that they don’t have the storage space that the other ones often do.

mixed-mediaMixed Media

Mixed media tank stands are more expensive than the other options which puts people off a bit.  However they are still a good investment as they support acrylic tanks very well and generally look very good.

Top 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand Reviews

Here are our picks for the top products in this category.  We have rated them based on value for money, looks and usability.

1. Petco Brooklyn 55 Gallon Metal Tank Stand

This product by Petco has dimensions of 48.5″ x 13.5″ x 21″ which makes it a standard fit for the 55 gallon size. It is made with sturdy solid steel and looks great with a sleek black finish.  However it only supports the edges, so only use it with glass tanks.

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Pros

  • Has a powder coated finish for moisture resistance
  • Comes with adjustable feet so that the stand can be leveled before setting up the tank
  • The price is very affordable
  • It is quite strong and can support over 550 pounds
  • It’s easy to put together

Cons

  • The finish can scratch if not taken care of
  • Not as stylish as other tanks
  • Can only be used with glass tanks

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2. Caitec Bird Toys Double Aquarium Stands (55 Gallon)

This metal tank stand comes in at 50.5″ L x 32″ H x 13″ W in size while the opening is 46.5″ x 11.25″.  The top shelf can hold a 55 gallon tank and the bottom one can be used to hold a smaller one.  It has a powder coating to reduce rust and corrosion and looks great whether you use it in an office, at home or in a lab.  It has the option to be knocked down for easy storage so it will never be in the way when not in use.

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Pros

  • The style helps to save space
  • Easy to put together with no tools needed
  • Powder coated to prevent rust

Cons

  • Can get quite heavy so make sure that the floor is sturdy and strong
  • Must prevent the feet from wobbling

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