In March 2011 my wife bought a couple small turtles from a guy at the local flea market. They came in a small plastic aquarium and she wanted something a little larger for them. A couple of weeks later she found a used 30 gallon aquarium, some fish, filters, aerators, etc online for $50:

One problem she faced was where to put them. She decided her office in the house would be a good place but she needed some sort of cabinet to hold the tank. She looked at some local pet stores but didn't like any of the ones that were available. I told here I could make one for her. The next day I went to the scrap yard and bought some "irregular" 1/4" x 1 1/4" angle iron:

The angle iron was pretty rusty but I hit it with a wire brush and it cleaned right up:

I made two 28" x 16" boxes:

I then welded 36" legs to them:

We painted the angle iron with brownish textured rattle can spray paint:

We laid two pieces of 3/4" plywood in the boxes for shelves. This will give the goldfish a place to live as well:

The turtles seem happy:

After a year we found a new contoured fish tank on Craigslist:

Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.