Introduction: Homemade Mini Aquarium From Lamp Bulb

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in my home many old lamp bulb, and i have idea to recylce that to make a aquarium for Betta fish.

and i gift for my younger brother. maybe that look like special. :)

Step 1: Material and Tool Needed

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Material and tool needed easily obtained

Material :

1. old lamp bulb

2. plywood

3. hot gun glue

Tool :

1. pliers

2. hacksaw

3. plywood saw

Step 2: Make Hole on Top Lamp

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warning. !!

you should do this in sink in the kitchen cause it's make you easily move crack glass to trash and make you safe if the lamp bulb crack.

first time cut the edge top lamp bulb using hacksaw and then after opened, use pliers to cracked valve (view picture tag red circle). after crack valve make the hole bigger, if you have glass cutter that make easily but if not have you can use pliers to make hole bigger by way in pliers the edge very carefully. after make hole bigger get out parts of lamp bulb and clean white coating using old tuth brush or whatever you can use, and then keep a safe place.

Step 3: Make a Box for Holder

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for holder lamp bulb i'm make a box cause easy.

before make a box you must first measurement lamp bulb and design a box what you like, and then cut plywood, make hole and raft with glue, in my case i use hot gun glue because practically. now is the time to buy Betta fish.

Step 4: What You Like to Place.

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you can place on the table or you can place in a corner of the room, whatever you


Builders Shed (author)2016-02-21

Poor Betta :( .. You shouldn't put a fish on that bulb.. Ikan nya kasian :(

Scotte678 (author)2016-02-19

For a fish no, for Mabey like one of those see through shrimp, yes

William930 (author)2016-01-03

poor fish

Kreat0r (author)2016-01-03

more like a Micro aquarium..hwo s the fish gonna move in it man.

Pantsformer (author)2015-12-30

I've done these before. And please, under no circumstance, put a fish over an inch in there. It would be a cruel and horrible life for the fish, but i do suggest small brine shrimp, snails, and other small aquatic animals and plants.

Naturelover64 (author)2015-12-25

Really hard to understand, because the wording and the one continuous sentence. Plus, the poor fish has no room. Maybe an underwater terrarium?

MatthewS3 (author)2015-12-15

This will kill a fish. Do not build this for fish. Might be great for plants though.

jakesplacebc (author)2015-12-13

Absolutely cruel. No fish should ever be put into an environment this small for any period of time. Betts fish for example should never be placed in an aquarium less than 5 gallons. It's like putting a baby in a playpen for years.

silent1mezzo (author)2015-12-13

This is horrible and should be considered animal abuse.

gorziks (author)2015-12-12

Haha sorry dude I just have a fish tank and care about fish, it was just a suggestion i didnt think all these people would get on your case

gorziks (author)2015-12-11

Thats cool and all, but the poor fish has no space

ir_One (author)gorziks2015-12-11

no the space for fish not poor, i'm use lamp bulb bigger. high 7 inch and diameter +- 3.35 inch. and my little fish free

ashleyjlong (author)ir_One2015-12-11

Sorry, but these commenters are correct to state that this is not enough room for a fish to live a quality life. My mom has had an aquarium business most of my life, so I'm familiar with appropriate gallons per fish. Experts and hobbyists alike agree that one beta needs at least 1 gallon of water. Living in a bulb (even one that is 7 inches) would be like confining you to a bathroom for your whole life.

I appreciate the aesthetic and the creativity, but this is not proper animal care. Consider using the bulb reuse idea for an enclosed aquatic plant ecosystem instead :) That would look very nice!

mrsnone (author)ashleyjlong2015-12-12

I like that idea.. with the aquatic plant or terrarium of some sort.. but wonder if the glass would be heavy enough to support all that?

ashleyjlong (author)mrsnone2015-12-12

Sure --valid concern. Not a full environment, but something simple like moss balls or small herb clippings that take root in water.

ir_One (author)ashleyjlong2015-12-11

thanks for suggest

End3rS14yer (author)ir_One2015-12-11

What? Dude, first off, how did you even get that poor fish in there? Second off, how do you filter the water? The waste will build up eventually. It was a nice idea, but maybe put something else inside. Also, it's much easier to clean the inside of the bulb with just some warm water.

mrsnone (author)2015-12-12


Gilo (author)2015-12-12

BTW, that bulb looks like a mercury vapor lamp bulb. Can you determine if there are no significant traces of mercury left in the glass?

Gilo (author)2015-12-12

The bulb provides very very little surface area for an adequate atmospheric air exchange/absorption. Bad for the fish. Same reason why fish bowls are not good to keep fish in unless there is some kind of active aeration.

useful_things (author)2015-12-11

this is cruel

Pearlin84 (author)2015-12-11

That is nice little aquarium,

ir_One (author)Pearlin842015-12-11

thanks, if you create it i suggest to think of space for fish. so not only look like good but make fish free.

soundlessfootsteps (author)2015-12-11

Flagged for cruelty to animals.

i'm use bigger lamp bulb high 7 inch diameter +- 3.35 inch and my fish maybe 2.5 cm. i see my fish free. i also think of space fo my little fish.

timmg08 (author)2015-12-11

bettas are tropical fish and should be in heated water. and just because they can survive in conditions like this does not mean they should be kept like that. it would be much happier in a larger tank with aeration and filtration and a heater. there is a reason why, when you see them at the store in their tiny cups, they are half dead.

ir_One (author)timmg082015-12-11

thanks for suggest, in here no needed heater because i,m live in tropical climates.

i'm use lamp bulb high 7 inch and diameter +-3.35 inch and my fish maybe 2.5 cm, i think my fish free

End3rS14yer (author)ir_One2015-12-11

Okay, by that logic these statements are also true:
1. Because I live in Texas, I will never need a heater.
2. I am 6'9" tall, with the same wing/arm span, so I only need a box that is 7'4" tall and wide to live comfortably.

Now do you see your error(s)?

cowboyathome (author)2015-12-11

I applied your innovation but that's just terrible for a fish to live in.

ir_One (author)cowboyathome2015-12-11

if you think that terrible. i suggest you find lamp bulb bigger. in here i use lamp bulb high 7 inch diameter +- 3.35 and little fish arround 2.5 cm. or you can make it for indoor garden

That should read apluad not applied.

Pearlin84 (author)2015-12-11

That is nice little aquarium,

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