Did you ever want to build your own wall fish tank after seeing one in the store, but you’re not sure how to go about it? The process itself is surprisingly easy and it doesn’t take a lot of know-how to complete. This easy to follow do it yourself wall fish tank build will not only save you time and money, but will also teach you how to install LED’s in the bottom and top of your fish tank to light it without the use of an outlet.
Materials for this project
*Solar LED lights
*Metal cutting saw or handsaw
Creating your wall fish tank mount
Before beginning the creation of your wall fish tank mount you need to locate an area of your home that has three to four studs spaced evenly apart. Mark where each stud is located and measure the gap in between each stud. Once completed measure the height and length of the tank you wish to mount. It is important that the tank be no longer then seven feet and no wider than four feet as it can get fairly heavy with the added water weight. You can mount a larger tank, but be sure to consult professional advice before proceeding. Once you have the tank measured cut a metal rod for each stud in the wall that you are able to use. In calculating the length for each rod, go as far up the wall stud as possible and cut the rod at a length in which it can be bent to support the underside of the tank. Mark on each rod the distance required to account for the width of the tank and place the unmarked end into the vice. Wearing the proper protective gear, heat each metal rod with the blow torch until it glows a bright orange. Take your hands and grasp above the heated area, bending it toward you at a ninety degree angle, allowing it to cool before continuing. Continue by using the measured space in between each stud in the wall to create three small metal rods to act as the joint to connect the larger pieces together for each metal stud mount created. Weld the small pieces in between each larger piece and ensure a secure weld by using your body weight to test. This will help to disperse the weight of the tank after it has been placed upon the wall.
Completing your wall tank
For the metal rods that will be up against the wall studs drill as many holes as possible, spacing three inches in between each hole. Drill a screw into each hole, separating it with a small washer to ensure a better hold and easier removal. Take your empty fish tank and place it upon the wall mounts, filling it with gravel and rocks and then slowly with water, checking to ensure that the wall mounts will hold. Once your tank has been prepared and your animals transported to it, plug your filter into the solar outlet and ensure that everything is running properly. To construct the Solar LED lighting for your tank, cut two plastic tubes that match your tanks perimeter. Take your solar LED lights and feed them into each of the plastic tubes, leaving enough space for them to be sealed together with the help of rubber silicone. Form one tube into a rectangle and seal it, placing it inside your fish tank and weighting it down with a little gravel. Take your second tube and feed it around the inside of the fish tank, applying rubber silicone as you go and sealing it completely at the end. This will allow your wall mounted fish tank to run completely on solar energy and also allow you to place it in an area that does not have access to an outlet.