MCM aquariums

Show your stuff or ask questions about housewares, ephemera, books, artwork, furnishings.

Moderators: I_LUV_POWER!!!!, Joe, moderns-r-us, Tony, Futura Girl, sean, nichols, Java

Modern Master
Posts: 121
Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 5:00 am
Location: MI

MCM aquariums

Postby tomb » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:19 am

Is there such a thing?
Ive seen the terrariums, which are neat, but what about FISH?

I am an aquarium hobbyist (african cichlids mostly) and am hopefully moving into a 60's ranch soon. I've been looking for any info on Mid-Century aquarium installs and am coming up empty.
Does anyone know of era inspired fish tanks?
I am coming up empty. I think a nice big tank would be an excellent feature of a mid-mod place, am I all alone here?

Im asking because my setup (cabinet mostly) most certainly does not have the right "look" and will probbaly eventually have to change to be either custom built, or built in, but time will tell...

User avatar
AJ Fisher
Modern Master
Posts: 102
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:52 pm
Location: Eugene, Oregon

MCM Aquariums

Postby AJ Fisher » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:13 pm


You are not alone.

I built this custom stand a few years ago for my 55-gallon goldfish tank. I have 6 goldfish, a couple Bandit Cory's, a frog, and some snails.

The stand was inspired by pedestal-style chairs and tables from the mid century. It's not as elegant as I would have liked, but I had to use pretty thick steel tubing (2") to support all the weight of the water.

I have seen mid century aquarium stands in the thrift stores before. They were simple, black metal stands for a 10 or 15 gallon aquarium. They often have hairpin legs.

Last edited by AJ Fisher on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Modern Socialite
Posts: 58
Joined: Fri May 12, 2006 6:40 am
Location: Atlanta

Postby valery » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:30 pm

I have some wall mounted fish bubbles. I'm under contract on a house that I'm closing on in the middle of August. I hope to have a whole wall display of these when I get the house... only had room for three of them in my apartment.

Modern Master
Posts: 121
Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 5:00 am
Location: MI

Postby tomb » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:56 pm

Wow AJ, that a really cool stand, i like it alot.
Is that tank acrylic? I like the "no edge" look.
Thanks for the pics! I see where you were going, and considering the weight, i think you did good!

Valery, those bubbles are neat, is there any source for air/filtration, or are frequent water changes neccesary?

Mondo Lounge Lizard
Posts: 1671
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:25 pm
Location: Long Beach CA

Postby egads » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:24 pm

Here's another idea. I had a neighbor do this. He would convert old TV cabinets into aquariums. So what you need is an old Danish modern console TV.

User avatar
agent lemonade
Modern Fan
Posts: 13
Joined: Mon May 08, 2006 8:13 am
Location: sacramento, ca

Postby agent lemonade » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:41 am

Has anyone seen the hanging fish globe? I've only seen two, one was for sale at a mcm shop and one was owned by a girl I knew. Basically it hangs from the ceiling like a pendant light but it's for the fishies! :D

Special Secret Modern Agent
Posts: 506
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:43 pm
Location: Long Beach

Postby BOXOUTBM » Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:12 pm

Those pendant Light Fish bowls are really great. When I used to Live in Chicago, there was a Bar in the Wicker Park / Bucktown area that hd them all over. The bar had "Kitty" in the name

User avatar
Mondo Lounge Lizard
Posts: 1504
Joined: Sun Dec 24, 2006 8:45 am
Location: wesley hills,NY

Postby rockland » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:47 am

I did a bunch of research last year and found many choices on a google search.
And around the same time a friend was getting rid of a giant traditional rectangular
model. I considered building it into a set of entry shelves. Our lower entry, where
the coats and crap collects. A separation wall of shelves, to give my studio
a bit of privacy. Nice idea, didn't do it.
Like the 'fish bubbles'! Did a google search and found three styles. One even suggested
a suction cup to mount it on a mirror (!?) not sure i would trust that. Unless the
technology has improved 10 fold. Those things barely hold a washcloth.

What is in the bottom two Valery? Is it a once a week rinse? Worth the visual i
suppose. Looks great. (i want one, or nine)
One in the bathroom would be a good place to start.

I've not seen the pendant ones!

mr. and mrs. meow
Modern Socialite
Posts: 85
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:02 pm
Location: long beach, ca

Re: MCM aquariums

Postby mr. and mrs. meow » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:28 pm

not very MCM, but definitely modern:

Image Image

more info here
available at Overstock!
it's good. ...for now.

User avatar
Slim and Gabby
Special Secret Modern Agent
Posts: 833
Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:33 am
Location: San Leandro, CA USA

I've got info on a great vintage Popular Mechanics fishtank.

Postby Slim and Gabby » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:40 pm

I couldn't get the scan to look even halfway civilized on flikr....

But I have an article on fishtanks from a vintage Popular Mechanics book. There are corner sets, a great wall mount and my fave is the MANTEL piece one. I travel waaay too much on business to keep fish, but if I did, I'd be building one of those puppies.

Send me a personal message and I can email you the scanned docs....

They're pretty swell.
Pen-gu-ins is pracatically chickinz, and I hates to see chickinz cry so much, I has to put’em outta ther mizzery!

Modern Master
Posts: 121
Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 5:00 am
Location: MI

Postby tomb » Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:45 am

Not really MCM, but I just saw this while perusing Craigslist...

Pretty fun Tiki Idea, should be easy to replicate if one were so inclined...

heres a pic for posterity:

Return to “Modern Collectibles and Furniture”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests