Tv Shelf and Fish tank Stand

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Project by kjwoodworking posted 08-04-2011 06:14 PM 8152 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this fish tank stand and TV shelf to be used in my master bedroom.

I built both using some reclaimed Oak wood and Oak plywood and stained it all with red mahogany and top coated with oil based poly.

I weigh 250 and the shelf can support me so no worries of the TV ending up in the tank. I still need to add a one shelf to the middle of the fish tank stand and it will be finished.

-- Kirk H. --

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 07:11 PM

Nice work, what kind of fish you have? Both look great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 07:37 PM

Beautiful stand and shelf. Don’t know about having electronics that close to so much humidity though…

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 08:01 PM

Nice project, but I too would very much worry about moisture from the hang-on-back filter. One of my tanks is also a 55 gallon and I have a very similar filter as that – looks like a Penguin Bio-wheel – and I get tons of evaporation and splatter/mist.

I would re-plan the top and make it more of a canopy, perhaps moving the electronics some place else and make it a shelf for knick-knacks/storage on top, with lights either in the canopy or suspended from it. If the shelf extended out further over the tank, then perhaps you could safely put the electronics on the top.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 09:34 PM

Ken: Thanks, all I have now is a plecostomus, and an African Cichlid. I had more but have died and or been eaten by other fish. I have not put the effort into it I should. I use to have another tank with Oscars as big as your hand and bigger along with a gar and catfish but that has been a while ago.

Rex: Thanks too on the compliment. I also wondered if I would have any problems but as of yet none. I have had this set up for over a year now( just slow to post). There is no build up on the bottom of the tv shelf from water evaporating either. I felt sure I would have some. I do keep the ceiling fan running 24/7 and am not sure if that helps or not.

Cosmicsniper: The filter is an old and I mean old Whisper 30-60 something or another that came out before the bio wheel. I also have a Magnum 350 canister filter in the cabinet. The tank is a 110 gallon it is 5 foot long, 18 inches deep and 26 inches tall. I had a 125 that was 6 foot long but it would not fit where I wanted so I had to get this tank and build a new stand. It seems to work alright and was fun to build.

The only problem so far is if the fluorescent light is on it emits interference with the remote for the cable box and will not change channels or volume. I thought of building a box to cover the light to see if this helps. Any ideas anyone?

-- Kirk H. --

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 05:09 AM

LOL! Funny, the proportions look like the standard 55 gallon. My bad. I have a 100 gallon myself…it’s 60×20x20, so the proportions look different. BTW, according to my math, your tank would be a 120 gallon with those dimensions.

My 100 gallon is a high-tech planted tank with CO2 injection and a Fluval FX5. I recently grew out some discus in the 55 gallon and moved I them to the main tank two weeks ago. Picky, finicky fish! They still haven’t colored up well, except at feeding time.

I’d like to build a nicer stand for it soon…yours would suffice!

Now I need to find out something to put into the 55…which I built a stand for last year. One of these days, I’ll actually start posting things like that to the projects section!

As far as the interference issue, that’s definitely a bummer. My only suggestion is to test it by taking the light out of its fixture and experiment with locations and shielding with the ballast. Then, you’ll know more about how you can build a solution to encase the light.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 08:29 PM

You are right Jay. My wife pointed out I was wrong too. Thanks a lot!!!

It is a 120. I had never seen one before this one. I started with a 90 gallon(20 years ago) which resembles a 55 a lot but is 18” deeper. I then moved up to a 125 (6’ long) for a few years now this one because of room limitations.

I have never had any, but Discus are very beautiful fish. I have seen some breading pairs sell for a high price.

As far as the stand, yea it’ll do. It was fun building it. I think I have more fun using old knotty wood no one else wants.

Do post some pics of your projects Jay.

-- Kirk H. --

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#7 posted 02-03-2017 01:42 PM

This is a nice tank stand. I’m in the process of building one myself. My wife wants to do Aquascaping.

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