Fishies

My new kitchen is looking good, ready for the fish tank to go back into place. I had it in the kitchen temporarily to begin with, but ended up really liking it there. Having fishy company when you’re doing the dishes or baking is really nice.

Last time the tank was just set on the counter, but it got really gungey. It was too heavy to move about to clean behind it as often as I’d like, and trapped all sorts of kitchen yack around the base. I bought a plate stand to try and raise it up onto, but it wasn’t quite up to the job. Instead I decided to try and make something, but was struggling with how to get a neat looking base the right size and strong enough. I mentioned this to my mum and she came up with the genius idea of using the top of the stand that goes with the aquarium! So simple!

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The legs are just from B&Q, they come in different finishes and lengths. Super easy to screw onto the base with a bit of a starter hole.

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I’m not a fan of the printed films you can get for the back of aquariums. They look really good on some set ups, but tacky on mine. I’d been using some fabric taped on the back of the tank, but it wasn’t working too well. It looked really messy from the back and kept getting caught on wires. So I gave an idea I’d read online a go and painted the back with acrylic paint. It took a fair few coats to get it opaque, but it seems to be working really well. The flat colour doesn’t distract from the front and its holding up to drips from cleaning.

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The tank is cloudy here as it’s just been put in place, it’s settled now. Raising it makes it look less like it’s just been stuck in a corner, more of a feature. The legs match the tank nicely too. The wires for the filters, heater etc. are all on an extension hidden behind the tank. It’s easy to clean the bench, and for cleaning the tank I just pull it forward carefully. I really like it. As do the fish!

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