Originally Posted by foster53
The operative word is fiber. MDF in a non moisture situation is great. It may possibly be stronger than wood. But in my experiences it just don't hold up to water, or prolonged exposure to moisture.
For an aquarium application I think real wood, or iron stands are the way to go
Even with real wood you can get some warping, and discoloration if you don't keep it as dry as possible. Not knocking LFS
but the employees sometimes are not educated in the products they offer
Seriously, I've learned that lesson so many times over now. I'm very wary of the LFS
employee selling a 12" fish for a 10 gallon tank but didn't transfer that knowledge over when talking to the owner of the store about stands that he had all over the place.
I was so careful when planning my new tank that I crawled under my house and placed jacks under the floor where the aquarium was going to go (for a chick thats terrified of spiders, that was a really big deal and practically required xanax, lol). I completely moved my downstairs around to accommodate the tank and place it against an exterior wall out of direct light. I made a plywood platform with trim and linoleum to go under the stand so I don't have to worry about changing water splashing on my laminate floors - and to have one more thing helping to distribute the weight of a 100 gallon tank and all that goes with it. All that because i wanted to be able to sit back and enjoy my fish without worrying. Then, I took the word of the LFS
guy when it came to buying the stand itself. Huh. Hindsight is 20/20, eh? I won't blame him, it's my job to be a smart consumer.
I can't figure why particle board stands for tanks this size are so popular - or at least so much more common then solid wood. I do appreciate a cheaper option that allows those of us without a limitless budget the chance to own a larger tank. But when you consider the possible consequences...this is not where you cut corners. I'll get my tank decor from my yard (I did that, ha) before I cut corners on something this important. Who can keep their stand completely dry at all times? That's like using my new couch as patio furniture in the summer because it shouldn't rain "that much" in August.
I'm looking online now and all wood stands are big bucks. Any recommendations? Any chance I'll find a good quality, decent looking one with a canopy for under $650 or so? Why are you laughing?
I'm thinking of all the times I've watched water drip down the front of the glass and didn't catch the drops before they made it to the unfinished inside lip and settled between the tank's frame and the particle board. Ugh.