Originally Posted by gilpi
This might be out off topic, just throwing in my 2 cents... I started building a stand for the 40 breeder and halfway through the build I discovered the Brooklyn stand at a nearby Petco regularly selling for around 50 bucks on sale for much less.
I couldn't be happier with the purchase, clean looking, strong and room for another tank on the bottom.
Again, this might not be what you want at this time but the money and work I saved were enough for me to decide on it.
As for your question...
I have used deck sealer on previous diy stands that I happened to have left over after I did my deck, water slides and beads off of it.
Good luck with your project.
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I have the Brooklyn stand for my 55g and I do like it, it's probably the best stand on the market in terms of price and quality. However I wanted to try my hand at making one myself. Also the fact that I got the wood today and the screws for less than $20 saves me about $20, I'm also broke and it's a stretch to even buy the stuff for the DIY stand but this hobby is an addiction that must be fed!
I figured some kind of outdoor wood treatment would be the obvious choice to waterproof the stand.
I also just learned that the 2x4 I bought is actually 1.5x3.5, I randomly measured it after the first cut and am glad I did or I would have screwed up the sizes of the frame.