Asked on Nov 08, 2015

Wall fish tank -- What to do with it?

We moved into a house that has a built in fish tank in the wall, no fish. I don't really want to focus on paying someone to maintain it or deal with fish. Any suggestions on what I should do with the fish tank. I'll have to drain the water first, but looking for some clever ideas. It's in our main family/media room.
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  • Connie Mautz-Wheeler Connie Mautz-Wheeler on Nov 08, 2015
    It would be a lovely place for plants .. a terrarium perhaps? I assume you can reach it from another room or ??

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 08, 2015
    Just was going to say the same thing a terrariunmnot realizing that was already said.,however that is the first idea that popped into my head.

  • Z Z on Nov 08, 2015
    Is that a reflection of a window or a window in another room? Either way, I'd close it in on one side and make it into a display box or for storage.

  • Renata Renata on Nov 08, 2015
    My first thought also was a terrarium .

  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 08, 2015
    Will a TV fit into it? It won't cost much to fill in one wall, unless it's plaster. Drywall is not very expensive and a handy man can do it for you. Or a good friend or neighbor. Put a flat screen in the other wall.

  • Catherine Morales Catherine Morales on Nov 08, 2015
    I have a fish tank that is HUGE but does not contain any fish - (we haven't refinished the floors so we don't want to have it moved multiple times. I currently keep keepsakes in it as if it were a large display. You can put additional glass shelves in it and the fish lighting lights the displays. I also put my Christmas village inside it (in my case also the top) and it makes a beautiful display during the holidays

  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Nov 09, 2015
    You could put collages of family pictures inside facing out. Use different pictures facing each wall. Place them on something firm before putting up. I wouldn't adhere them directly to the glass. It would look like a frame of family pictures, if you use a a picture mat.

  • Inetia Inetia on Nov 09, 2015
    Cover it with a large photo or painting & use it as a hiding place. If it's not flush to the wall use molding to bridge the gap.

  • Kaioverbeck Kaioverbeck on Nov 09, 2015
    Sorry, I love the build in fish -would like one

  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Nov 10, 2015
    Make it into an electric fireplace...very soothing !

  • Grady Grady on Nov 10, 2015
    I think that you shouldn't pay anyone to maintain it, but your kids might like some fish.

  • Lori Harmon Lori Harmon on Nov 11, 2015
    Is it in a good place for viewing the flat screen TV? I have seen one of these converted into a terrarium if you aren't wanting to remove the tank. But I'm with kaioverbeck, I'd use it for fish - I'd just have to resist the temptation to go saltwater!

  • Hayden Hayden on Nov 15, 2015
    Get an image or semi-transparent painting done on the glass. like a permanent wall picture!

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Nov 17, 2015
    It should be basically just a self-contained fish tank that has been fitted to the wall opening and then trimmed out. I would carefully remove the trim, then slide the tank out. (remove the water first : ) In its place you could put some glass or wood shelving if you want it to remain open and display some of your favorite pieces. Or once its removed, add a piece of wall board on either or both wall sides, tape off and plaster to close up the hole.