View Full Version : JB's 60-gal

08-08-2012, 12:23 AM
A couple weeks ago, I worked a deal with Stuckinthemiddle to pick up the 60-gal breeder he had bought from Liz. I absolutely love the dimensions on this tank and just happened to have a stand I had built a while back that was adjustable, so I was able to quickly adjust the stand to make it fit this tank (48L x 24W x 12H). This stand is relatively cheap to build, and is very strong! The wood is finished to a furniture grade, but with the galvanized corner brackets, it has somewhat of a raw, industrial look, which I really like...it's different from any other stand I've ever seen.




Here it was when I first set it up...


Well, I decided I wanted to put a canopy on it, and I wanted to keep the "raw industrial" look going with the canopy. Tonight I finally got around to finishing it up and mounting it on the stand, and if I may say so, myself...it looks pretty darn cool. Let me know what you think about the look.







08-08-2012, 06:47 AM
I like it JB, you did an awesome job with it. Love how you thought out of the box with the design. Maybe some metal lathe or something like it to skirt the bottom to hide the filters. But I like it!!!! What kind of fish??


08-08-2012, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the comment, Jim. My plan is to put some black curtains around the bottom on the inside of the wood to conceal the filtration.

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08-08-2012, 06:03 PM
To be totally honest, these pictures make that setup look pretty crappy. It is so much nicer in person.

08-08-2012, 09:04 PM
Super nice build. Maybe instead of black curtains, you could use some corrugated galvanized steel. Just slap on a couple layers of clear coat to prevent any rusting. It would really keep up the industrial look.

08-08-2012, 09:40 PM
Mad skills! Keep the updates coming - I'm curious what you are going to do with it.

08-08-2012, 10:07 PM
I love the rustic look to it !
Just out of curiosity, are the pictures on the wall your own photography ? I was thinking of framing some great pictures but im not sure where i stand on taking pics online and printing them for the frame.

08-08-2012, 10:35 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. Not sure if I want to take the industrial look quite that far, nor do I think my better-half would go for it...it is a cool idea though.

For now, I've got my Keyholes and four of those Geophagus I got from you in there. For smaller fish, I've got a couple of Rummy-Nose, some Denison Barbs, and some Emperor Tetras. Plus a couple of BNs and a couple of Clown Plecs.

08-08-2012, 10:36 PM
No, the pics are just some I found online that I liked.

08-12-2012, 07:21 PM
Awesome looking tank as always JB

08-12-2012, 10:16 PM
Thanks, Joe...apparently my Keyholes like it too, I just noticed this afternoon that they've spawned in one of the corners. :thumbsup:

08-14-2012, 12:04 AM
gorgeous tank!!!

08-14-2012, 01:44 AM
Nice tank as usual J.B. You know me I'd have to go Tangs with that tank. I'd love to have a big square tank that is is short like that. I'd do sort of a fresh water reef in the center. Love it though.

10-03-2012, 01:03 AM
Love the stand and hood. How do lift the top on the tank, though?

10-03-2012, 10:35 PM
Love the industrial look.

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10-03-2012, 11:45 PM
Thanks, folks! I was trying to video how the canopy works, but I cannot get my video camera to link up to my computer for some reason.

Anyway, I'll try to explain with the written word...

The canopy is mounted above the tank with " galvanized pipe, as can be seen in my first post. The two 90* couplers on each side were not tightened down tightly, so they can swivel. The two uprights on either side are fastened to the stand using saddle-clamps, that are just tight enough to hold the pipe in place and still allow the " pipe to rotate freely. So, this allows me to push on the canopy and swivel it to the right, which affords me some working space in the tank, while still providing light to work by. It gives me about 8" - 10" along the front of the tank and about 6" - 8" on the left side of the tank. From the front, I can get to the back right corner fairly easy.

I'll try again with the camera and see if I can get it to work.

10-04-2012, 08:18 PM
I got the video to work, so here goes...


I also took some video of the inside of the tank with the inhabitants...enjoy!


10-06-2012, 10:01 PM
Great job with the canopy, that's super cool. That one keyhole looks amazing.