I picked up a decent 65 gallon fish tank off CL last week. I have some large goldfish occupying a pond in the back yard that are going to need a winter home soon. The tank itself is in decent shape, a little scratched and worn, but it will work. The base is a different, ugly story. Pine, 2×4s, rough. Rusted hardware, mildew inside.
I have cleaned the tank and stripped and put new silicone in the joints, so that is basically read. I now have disassembled the base and will be giving it a face lift. No plans drawn out, but will be building some new doors, re-facing the sides, and giving it a white finish to match the built-ins in the basement that it will be next to. Also, because the light fixture on top is so darn gorgeous I am hoping to build a top case that will just rest over the tank to mask it, with a hinged half-roof for feeding. That’s the only piece I don’t have a clear vision in my head for, but I am going to tackle the existing base first. Hoping this can be done quickly, goal in to be done in a week.