Top Fin® 10Gal Aquarium Stand
Very nice stand (assuming the parts are correct)
I recently purchased this stand in a store that, lucky for me, had two in stock. The first stand had a deficient board E that was missing the 4 cam lock drill holes as well as the 6 other holes. It's very clear from my experience and from reading the other reviews that the prepacking Quality Assurance is not all that great at the manufacturer.
I reviewed the rest of the part list and verified that everything else was correct before returning to the store. The manager was great and allowed me to swap out board E with the other one in inventory. The other board E was correct and I was able to complete the stand.
My finished stand looks fantastic and is both sturdy and level which was important since I was putting a Fluval Edge on it.
I would give this product a 5 if it wasn't for the poor manufacturer prepacking QA. I wouldn't recommend ordering this online, but instead recommend buying in store and opening it in the parking lot to check each piece is drilled correctly before taking it home. You'll likely save yourself a return trip.
December 29, 2014
Pain to put together but happy with the end result
This stand is a HUGE hassle to put together. The cam locks are very hard to deal with and some of the black pegs didn't want to line up with their holes. This is definitely easier with two people!
The end result looks good though. The side and back panels are not quite flush so some light shines through the back but other than that it's fine. The doors open and shut nicely and it seems very sturdy. My significant other had to bounce on top of it to get the top panel flush with the other panels, if it can take his weight then a 10 gallon aquarium will be no problem.
December 25, 2014
Hard & Confusing to Assemble
Just bought this stand for a new 10 gallon aquarium. My husband was so frustrated trying to figure this out, I had to get my brother-in-law to finally complete it. He also had trouble with assembly. However, he finally finished it & it looks nice with my aquarium on it. Like the color, the style & it's sturdier than it looks. Will be looking for baskets to fit in the cubby holes. A nice stand but really confusing to assemble.
October 22, 2014
Not the easiest assembly
I got this stand in preperation of getting a new 5.5g aquarium. I'll echo what others say about some flaws. The cam locks are an awful design. I've put together multiple do-it-yourself furniture and I've never seen a cam lock quite like this one. Most cams have a full size "cross" for easy access when tightening with a flathead. These have tiny little phillips head thingies and they have a small hole opposite it for no obvious reason. Have a flashlight handy because once you put the top on and then go to lock the cams you can not see the ones that are to the back. And yes there is some seperation between the back panels and the side panels. Just enough to see light. One plus is that the back panels are made out of the same material as everything else. Unlike every other DIY furniture that gives you a piece of board that is about 1/16" thick and a slew of nails. Once together it is a nice little stand. When I put a level to it it is 100% level on all sides and in the center. And it sits solidly on my carpet.
July 14, 2014