Aquarium - build the base cabinet yourself

An under cabinet for an aquarium can be built in many ways. For home improvement, both wood and Ytongsteine ​​are ideal building materials for a heavy water basin. Here we want to show you how to easily build a base cabinet for an aquarium of aerated concrete blocks.

Substructure for the base cabinet

In order to evenly distribute the forces acting from the heavy basin to the ground, a strong plate should be placed under the masonry part. So you can even wall aquarium cabinet on precious parquet, without fear of annoyance with the landlord. In addition, this cabinet may even be taken during a move.

Build a base cabinet step by step

  • Floor wood panel
  • cover plate
  • Aerated concrete blocks
  • tile glue
  • silicone
  • Seal / color
  • Tiles / grout
  • saw
  • trowel
  • notched trowel
  • spatula
  • mixing paddle
  • bucket

1. Lay the floor plate

The bottom plate should be slightly wider on the sides than the aquarium. Also at the front and the back there should be some air. If the surface is slightly uneven, you can lay out a sound insulation here, as it is used when laying laminate.

2. Plan supporting walls

For any size and shape of aquarium, of course, a different stability must be created. As a rule of thumb, do not set the upright support walls any further than about 40 to 50 inches apart. The outer stands should be as close as possible to the edge of the aquarium.

3. Cut the aerated concrete

Cut all the stones before, then you do not have to mix tile adhesive so often later and can work through in one go. The aerated concrete blocks can be easily cut with an old saw.

4. Stick gas concrete

Place the first layer of stones on the wooden plate on the floor, if possible with silicone, so that the wood is not dissolved by the moisture.

Even if you always speak of the walls, basically this stone is glued. Tile adhesive is ideal for this. Apply it with a toothed spatula in a thin layer and then put the stones on each other. You should scrape out any oozing glue with a spatula.

5. Protect the gas concrete against moisture

With the tile adhesive, the gas concrete block can also be made waterproof. You can spread it over the entire surface of the dried stones and peel it off smoothly or even create a rough plaster pattern. If the tile adhesive is painted after drying, the cabinet looks like a solid wall.

6. Place the cover plate

The cover plate should preferably not be fixed with tile adhesive. Here too, silicone is better because it balances the pressure like a cushion and does not dissolve the wood panel.

Tips & Tricks

If your pool is not too big, a normal living room cabinet can be upgraded to safely carry an aquarium. For this, only inside about two inches thick upright plates must be additionally fed. These should be about 40 centimeters apart. To make the cabinet even more stable, a strong cover plate is necessary, on which the aquarium finds its place.

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