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Hi Guys,

I am new to the hobby and the site. I started to get interested in aquariums recently and being somewhat 'handy', I decided to have a crack at a unique aquarium build.

I ended up building an aquarium from a full size wine barrel and putting a perspex porthole in the front for viewing.

I'd love to get some feedback from you guys on your thoughts and potential issues going forward just please keep in mind that I am a builder/cabinet maker/creator and not a seasoned aquarium enthusiast. I just had an idea and wanted to get into the hobby.

I wouldn't mind making a few of these for people either, if there was some interest.


Thanks in advance.
(First and last images are of the tank empty)


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is the wood sealed? if not tannins will leach into the water from the wood. good for fish like from the amazon but not for all fish.

did you curve the Perspex yourself?

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Hilarious!  Good work.

Must be quite difficult reaching to the bottom of the barrel for maintenance though.

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Hi all,

It is waterproofed with a pond sealer and yes I heated and curved the perspex myself. That was a mission but next time will be a tonne easier.

I have a vacuum for press that i ended up using to heat the perspex until it was pliable, then i shaped to suit.

I don't have fish in it atm as i tried to aquascape it (unsuccessfully) and have just removed all of the crap in it to go back to a simple setup. I will however probably screw a piece of driftwood with an Anubis on it to the side for a little flare. 

I have a number of guppies (which have just had around 25 fry) which i will most likely put in there.


I also used some devils ivy for a little aquaponic setup to help with maintenance which is running from one of these.

I also have one of these air bubble filters 



Some more images from the build............

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