A proper aquarium stand is a crucial component of an aquarium to prevent a cracked aquarium. A 60 gallon fish tank can weigh over 600 pounds. When available, choose a fish aquarium with stand combo to ensure proper fit. Place the aquarium stand on a level surface, then check the fish tank and stand again once filled. A ¼" difference on one corner can stress the aquarium seams. Shims or slats and/or an aquarium leveling mat can help ensure the stand and tank are level. Consider using a drip tray or absorbent mat under the stand to reduce damage from spills and leaks. Metal aquarium stands are now popular, both for their looks and for their ability to support heavy weights.