Acrylic Cabinetry

In addition to wood cabinetry, Midwest Custom Aquarium offers stands and canopies built entirely from acrylic. It offers a more modern or sleek look and with it you have a material that is impervious to water. All acrylic stands have at least a 3/8″ thick top and bottom which is beveled and polished and have lips that extend past the tank and stand bottom for beauty. Acrylic canopies are lightweight and may be hinged via custom acrylic hinges, so that the whole canopy flips up and you have access to the entire top of the aquarium. Standard acrylic cabinetry is gloss black, though we have built sets in a variety of other colors.

Acrylic stands and canopies can also be laminated with plastic laminate to match any decor, there are literally hundreds of styles to choose from. Plastic laminate is extremely durable and is not affected by moisture. We use laminates from almost any manufacturer, including Formica, WilsonArt, and Nevamar. Most of the examples below are laminated in plastic laminate if they are not black. Acrylic cabinetry may also be laminated in real wood veneer of almost any species imaginable including oak, maple, black walnut, cherry, mahogany, birch, alder, pine, and many more.

One of our specialties is the FilterStand, a practical option that takes any acrylic stand and builds the sump and filtration right into it. When you open up the doors, one or more of the interior sections in it will have 4″-8″ of water in it and will be your sump. One of the wet sections will also have a trickle filter with bio-balls and a pre-filter drawer built into it also. If a reef tank this is usually replaced by a refugium. Any other filtration that is dry goes into the adjacent dry section and is connected to the wet compartment via bulkheads. This saves you from having to purchase a sump or trickle filter. Because the bottom of the stand is actually the sump and has water in it, you do not have to worry about drips or spills.

Access to all filtration is very easy through the stand doors. FilterStands have ventilation holes drilled in the back to allow moisture to escape and prevent salt creep on marine systems. Protein skimmers and other components may simply be set inside one of the wet sections. If it is a component that does not sit in the sump it can also be plumbed through a divider wall and connected to a wet section via bulkheads. Filter Stands can be built for aquariums of all shapes. The basic concept for all Filter Stands is the same, but each ends up getting set up a little bit differently due to differing aquarium shapes and to accommodate the equipment being installed inside it. Almost all acrylic cabinetry is ordered with the FilterStand option. Some examples are shown below with a brief description. All will have FilterStand option built in.


Corner pentagon with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry.
Corner Pentagon Aquarium
Corner Pentagon Aquarium


Half cylinder with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry.
Half Cylinder Aquarium
Half Cylinder Aquarium


Bowfront with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry.
Bowfront Acrylic Cabinetry
Bowfront Acrylic Cabinetry


Rectangle with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry, closed. Tan color is removable protective paper still on.
Closed Rectangle Cabinetry
Closed Rectangle Cabinetry


Rectangle with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry, open. Tan color is removable protective paper still on.
Open Rectangle Cabinetry
Open Rectangle Cabinetry


Detail of stand showing the lip that extends past the top and bottom on the stand.
Acrylic Cabinetry Detail
Acrylic Cabinetry Detail


Small bullnose with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry.
Small Bullnose
Small Bullnose


Front view of a flat back hexagon ready to go. Hinged canopy with retrofit lighting.
Flat Back Hexagon
Flat Back Hexagon


Rear view of flat back hexagon showing built-in trickle filter and some plumbing.
Built in Trickle Filter
Built in Trickle Filter


Rectangle with laminated acrylic cabinetry. (we didn’t pick color).
Half Cylinder Cabinetry
Laminated Acrylic Cabinetry


Corner pentagon with laminated acrylic cabinetry.
Corner Laminated Acrylic Cabinetry
Corner Laminated Acrylic Cabinetry


Larger half cylinder with laminated acrylic cabinetry.
Half Cylinder Acrylic Cabinetry
Half Cylinder Acrylic Cabinetry


Flat back hexagon with laminated acrylic cabinetry. Flat Back Hexagon Cabinetry
Half cylinder with laminated black acrylic cabinetry.


Half Cylinder Acrylic Cabinetry
Half Cylinder Acrylic Cabinetry


Double bullnose (racetrack) with laminated acrylic cabinetry, protective film still on.
Double Bullnose Cabinetry
Double Bullnose Cabinetry


Black acrylic wrapped around steel frame. Held in place with Velcro so the whole works comes off for access. This example obviously would not have the filtration built in. You are looking at the back in this picture.
Back of Black Acrylic Cabinetry
Back of Black Acrylic Cabinetry


Custom acrylic stand with chiseled acrylic to look like ice.
Custom Acrylic Stand
Custom Acrylic Stand


Bullnose aquarium (just filled) with standard gloss black acrylic cabinetry.
Bullnose Aquarium with Black Cabinetry
Bullnose Aquarium with Black Cabinetry


Rear view of a Filterstand for a reef aquarium while running, with refugium.
Rear View of Filterstand
Rear View of Filterstand


100 gallon half cylinder with black acrylic cabinetry set
100-gallon-cabinetry-set
100 gallon half cylinder with black acrylic cabinetry set


Rear view of acrylic Filterstand showing a simple freshwater filtration system. Right half is the sump.
aquarium-filterstand
Rear view of acrylic Filterstand showing a simple freshwater filtration system. Right half is the sump.

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