Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Whose idea was this?

Since the February winter blahs are upon us, Retired Mountain Man and I had this wild idea.  Let's buy an aquarium and set it on the little buffet.

This is not a really new hobby for us as we have had lots of fish and tanks over the past forty years.  At one time we had a 50 gallon show tank that we inherited from Grandpa Jim and Grandma Lois.  The last aquarium that we had held three-spotted Blue Gourami's, which resulted in hundreds of baby fish, which we sold to the pet store in Sandpoint.  I think that was probably back in about 1990.  Not sure.

Ok then.  We are pros.  This should not be too hard to do.  There's lots of new technology now, better equipment, tanks, etc.  The whole nine yards.

Well, we were wrong.  So wrong.

We headed to Sandpoint to the local Petco and after two hours of looking at all of the various equipment, we had decided on the tank, the filter, the heater, the air pump, the gravel for the bottom of the tank, the startup chemicals and the water scene for the bank of the aquarium. $272.00 and we were on our way home.

Then the real trouble began.  The tank would not sit level on our little buffet.  The big question was, "Is this cabinet strong enough to hold over 300 pounds?"  After a lot of discussion, we decided that no, it was not and we needed to buy a stand. By this time it was 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening.  Enough for today.

The next morning I drove off to the pet store and decided that the only really stable stand was one of the ones made out of steel.  Unfortunately, that didn't make any difference.  The tank on the metal stand was still wobbly.  Retired Mountain man finally came up with two solutions:  1) we would set the stand on a piece of plywood, and 2) we would use two pieces of 1/2"x 4" boards nailed to the wall to keep the tank and stand rigid.  It was a brilliant idea and both of them worked.

We also needed to somehow create two shelves to set inside the steel frame to hold the equipment.  This is what he came up with.

This is the stand without the shelves.


This took us all day.  Tomorrow we will add the gravel and start adding the water to the tank.

As a side note, this is what your living room looks like when you decide to  take on a really simple project.

There's a level in my easy chair.

Boxes and parts and pieces everywhere.

Dinner tonight will be leftovers and we will not be dining at the table.

Everything has been displaced by one kind of small fish tank.

To be continued.......  Day Three......

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