So just like in The Fishtank Rebuild Project, and in Aquariums are the best … I like fish.
This is the story of how I ended up with a monster under the house.

Well, lets just start with a picture of the monster !!!

Let’s begin - The idea hatches

So Helen started employment this year, so her clinic room got turned into a “Helen hobby” room.
I think she has settled on the name “The loft”.
She plays piano, meditates, does some yoga, etc etc.

Of course I want a room a too 😂

So Helen and I hatch a plan to turn a lean-to, ex-carport, half finished, under the house room, into a Den.
It started as a room with two walls (not four), a dirt floor, and an iron roof.

The hardwork over 3 months

So 3 months of hard work !!! Concreting, building, gibbing; all stuff I have never done before.
Nor has Helen!!

We learnt how to mix and pour concrete, drive diggers, build internal walls, hang gib, do electrical work, install a door.
Like … crazy man! 🤪

The initial Goal

So to start with I wanted somewhere I could play guitar, loudly, and get myself a monster aquarium.

I planned to build an aquarium from scratch, maybe a plywood aquarium, but there was a tonne of research!
During my research a 1400L glass aquarium came up for sale, for less cost than the cost of materials!
So of course I bought it.

Fortunatley Helen and I had finished building the Den when this tank came up for sale.

The Move

Moving a 2400mm x 1000mm x 600mm size fish tank is quite difficult!
So I rope in help from Matt again, hire a truck, and head to Auckland to pick up this monster tank.

A few guys turn up in Hamilton (which I don’t know!) to help move the thing into place. great!!!!

It’s heavy !! like really heavy ! .. 260kgs of glass !! that heavy !

Status update

the room has been running for a while, as has the tank.
I’ve had some deaths 😢 (A Delhezi, and an Arowana .. my absolute favourite fish in the hobby 😞 😭 )
I’ve had some troubles with filtering. The tank came with a sump that wasn’t quite good enough. I now have a Fluval FX6 working along side the sump.

I’m starting to play with other ideas to make the room cool.
One idea (because I love gadgets and tech) is to install some wifi smart bulb thingees for some cool lighting, that feels very “Paul”, and a bit nerdy 🤣

Monster Tank video

Here’s a video for you video watching pleasure !! (My Arowana, that died yesterday is in this video 🥺 )

Monster Tank video Update

And here’s a video in October 2019 just before I had to sell it because I left Helen (and therefore the house / Den)

Here’s some pics for you enjoy

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