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What is an Aquarium Cabinet?

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

What is an Aquarium Cabinet?

Aquariums simply look more attractive if they are presented on an aquarium cabinet instead of simply placed on a counter, desk or table. There is just something about the classic look of hardwoods and veneers coming together with glass and plastic to form something of beauty. Accent this with the wonderful variety of fish in the tank and you have a display that is truly magnificent and can be customized completely to your personal preferences. Whether you are just looking to purchase your first aquarium or you already have a glass or acrylic fish tank you want to mount on something that matches the rest of your homes furnishings, you should certainly consider purchasing an aquarium cabinet.

While the majority of aquarium cabinets on the market today are definitely wonderful pieces of craftsmanship and made from many of the best woods available, they do more than simply look attractive in your home. As both a stand for your prized aquatic collection and a cabinet with doors that can conceal the underside of the tank, an aquarium cabinet is perfect for storage of everything you need to keep your fish tank running cleanly and smoothly. Many aquarium cabinets contain special holes designed to help you hide any wires which may power your filters and there are plenty of hidden areas that are readily accessible for you to place fish foods, skimmers and everything else your aquarium needs on a daily basis. Instead of strewing all of your gear and gadgets throughout your home, simply place them all in one neat and tidy spot behind the doors of your fancy aquarium cabinet.

As a decorative piece of fine furnishing, an aquarium cabinet can provide your room with a newfound ambience that you would not expect to find from wood designed to simply keep a fish tank from having to sit on the floor. When it comes to deciding on the perfect cabinet for your home, there are hundreds of different options you can choose from, and many of the professional builders are extremely accommodating to your needs and wants. As far as wood selection goes, there are countless different choices ranging from oak and pine to fancier woods like mahogany and ebony. Some manufacturers will even make an aquarium cabinet for you from metals like steel and aluminum if you are into that industrial look which may complement many modern styled homes.

If spending money to purchase a professionally made cabinet is not for you, then perhaps you may be interested in practicing your craftsmanship and constructing a cabinet of your own. There are plenty of places online and in home building supply stores like Lowes and the Home Depot that offer plans for you to build your own aquarium cabinet. Chances are that your local fish store may even be able to sell you some plans for different cabinets you can build yourself. Generally requiring minimal tools as well as some nails and glue, aquarium cabinets are not necessarily difficult to build so long as you have some sort of idea what you are getting yourself into.