Random Bits of Projects

August 13, 2008

Build a Strong, Inexpensive Aquarium Stand

Welcome!!

This is my most popular post. Thanks for visiting!



Most recent update: March 2011. An idea for hiding cords and a suggestion for leveling the tank has been added. The bulk of this was written a few years ago.

Fish keeping can get to be an expensive hobby. I recently, at the time of this posting, had to upgrade to a 55 gallon aquarium on a very limited budget so I needed an inexpensive stand. For my smaller tanks, I managed to use furniture on hand but this was not possible for a large, heavy tank.

I looked at stands for sale at pet shops and was horrified by the quality of the stands for the price that was asked. They did not look like they would last long. After checking out reviews online, it turns out many of them do not if they should get wet.  If you are like me, I tend to get sloppy during water changes no matter how hard I try to keep the water where I think it should be. Also, any doors and other accessories tended to come apart with regular use.

I decided to look into building my own.

Note: I do respond to comments on old posts. 🙂

(more…)

August 4, 2008

Fish: Black Ghost Knife

Close up of the BGK head

Note 1 US gallon = 3.79 liters. I keep meaning to convert throughout the text in these posts and hope to do so soon. But here is the formula for those who need it in the mean time. 🙂  Hope it helps.

Jan. 2010: For those of you using clear plastic tubes for your fish but need some shade, break clean, red clay flower pots (never used) in half as best you can and place them over the top of the tube. You can still see the fish from the side but it will get some shade from the lights. A quick fix if you do not mind the look. Ours is loving it.

Oct. 24, 2009. A paragraph added near the end from someone talking about his 16 year old Black Ghost Knife!

Sep. 2009. She is now around 12 inches!

Note: I do respond to comments on my old posts.

OK, finally the post…..

One of our favorite fish in the house is our Black Ghost Knife (BGK) named Rain. We do not know its sex but we decided to call it a “she” to be different.