Well, it took me a while to get it all set up because I needed a stand and I wasn't about to pay $300+ for one. Besides that, I couldn't ever find one "rustic" enough for my taste, they were all too "fancy". So, I decided to build one.
I made it out of 2x4's and 2x6's so it shouldn't fall w/ the weight on it. I then framed it w/ weathered fence panels (aka "barn wood"). When I first drew up the plans I was going to put two doors on the front. While working on it, it wasn't going exactly to plan, so I moved the doors to the side and left the front bare.
I left the front bare cause I'm going to put one of those rustic metal art pieces on the front of it. I need one anywhere from 25-30". Now I only have to decide which one I want to use..... (I'm mainly thinking the first one below the aquarium)
Also, I have an old weathered Texas flag that I will be framing in the same wood to match and I will hang it on the wall right above the aquarium. Everything should look good when I get it all put in place.
I'm choosing Rio's (aka Texas Chichlid's) for my fish species cause its going to be my "Native Texan" area of the house.
Tell me which metal piece ya'll think would look the best.....