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RandallW20 02-20-2009 04:47 PM

My Aquarium Stand
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) :wink:
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. :wink: 8)

Tell me which metal piece ya'll think would look the best.....

onefish2fish 02-20-2009 04:55 PM

i really like your stand. the first one of the metal signs is prob my fav.

i think YOU should pick which one YOU like as it is YOUR tank. that is unless you cant choose. i cant really either they all look pretty cool.

have you thought about a matching canopy?

Twistersmom 02-20-2009 05:23 PM

Looks great! Cant decide between the first two. They all look nice.

RandallW20 02-20-2009 05:24 PM

I was going to do a matching canopy but the stand is already too high and my wall that it is on is too short, I wouldn't have room to put up my framed flag if I made one.
BUT, what I may do is make a small frame piece (one fence slat width) that wraps the front / side and covers the black strip around the aquarium. It will probably help to blend it all in and look even better.

Actually I'm wanting to find an art piece like that first one above except the shape of Texas instead of the star in the middle if I can....

wendex 02-20-2009 05:44 PM

Well nice! look forward to seeing all the fish in.

I like the second star the best - but yeah they'd all look good which ever u choose.

aspects 02-20-2009 06:24 PM

unfortunately they will quickly outgrow that tank

squidward 02-20-2009 07:08 PM

Wow! that looks great! I like the first one too.

Great Job!

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