No Dad you can't call one 'Fillet'...

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 08-15-2014 04:40 AM 914 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aquariums have always appealed to me so when my son, Paul, expressed a sincere interest in fish I started shopping for used equipment. Of course the really great deals we either ‘just sold’ or I never git a response from the seller to my inquiries. So I headed down to the local pet store and bought a ‘starter kit’ which included all the stuff you need for the aquarium but no stand for the tank to rest on.

This is my fastest project yet…and even stranger I finished it without the traditional prolonged stay on my project ‘staging’ area; the place in my shop where started projects go to pass out if my memory LOL!

It isn’t elegant construction by any means but I promised myself that I wasn’t going to over think it and demand crippling perfection. I just had fun and got it built after getting some advice from fellow LJs (

I am told we are not allowed to eat fish sticks in front of the guppies now:-) and I was not allowed to name any if the fish either LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 10:11 AM

Looks great Mark. It is great entertainment for a cat too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-16-2014 05:52 AM

Thanks Mike, I bet a cat would spend hours in front of the tank, plotting!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 03:39 AM

Continuing on the play of the title & the subject of cats….

I always wanted to get a hairless cat & call him “Chemo”. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist….)

Nicely built stand. I am also building a slightly different “stand” about the same size as yours. I’ve been taken care of a 3rd generation feral cat that “moved in” to the huge raspberry patch in back of my place about 4 months ago & and has since then dropped a litter of three kittens. So I’m building a permanent outdoor shelter for them before the winter comes. Based on plans off the internet.

And after the kittens get big enough I will trap all four of them to get them fixed and released back outside since they are way too wild to domesticate. Mom hate humans completely. The kittens are slowly getting used to coming up to me to within three feet for food as long as I don’t move even a finger, else they run off. It’s become a enjoyable nightly ritual.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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