Introduction: Lantern Fishbowl

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The Lantern Fishbowl is a dead simple IKEA hack for making a fun stylish fishbowl. Basically, it involves removing the protective inner glass and replacing it with a vase. This simple mod allows you to add some life to your domesticile.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

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You will need:

(x1) IKEA SOLMYS Lantern
(x1) IKEA CYLINDER vase set
(x1) Fishbowl gravel
(x1) Fish

Step 2: Remove

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Take the glass shield out of the lantern.

Step 3: Add

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Pour the gravel into the bottom of the medium-sized vase from the set.

Step 4: Fill

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Fill the vase with water.

Although I use tap water in the picture, you should really used steam distilled water from the grocery store.

Step 5: Insert

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Put the filled vase inside the lantern.

Step 6: Fish

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Put the fish into its new home.

Step 7: Close

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Put the lid back on the lantern.


twocvbloke (author)2014-07-13

Use tap water, but add some off-the-shelf dechlorinator to it to remove the chlorine they add (unless you're on well water, in which case you needn't bother with it), that'll keep the fish happy, just don't put goldfish in there as they'll be going belly up in a week... :)

Phoenix Flare (author)2014-07-09


ratashunke (author)2014-06-29

if you were a fish, would you like to be the one fish put in such a tank with no plants, no other fish (and sooner or later no more oxygen)? i don't think so.

so please stop tormenting animals.

mazzola (author)ratashunke2014-07-02


This is an beta fish hahaha it has lungs!!!!!! and also a very agressive behavior, killing any other fish in same water...

Constructed (author)ratashunke2014-06-29

If you were a human would you stay inside, hiding behind a computer and criticizing people? Go outside and have some fun, Build something, Learn something new, Explore. After clicking on your profile I see that all you have done is criticize others.

I think this tank is awesome. Your Betta will love this randofo

(Betta fish care sheet, Read the background information)

jolasaba (author)2014-06-27

That's really smart it can be used as a container so when your traveling you can your pet fish with you

tweedle1127 (author)2014-06-24

Nice job, very creative.

chucksfc (author)2014-06-17

Great idea and nice execution! One note - you may not want to "pour the gravel" into the empty vase - the glass can chip or develop cracks that will later fail. My recommendation is to fill with water, pour in gravel, drain water and then fill to level wanted. Water softens the blow of the gravel and will give the gravel a rinse.

You should not use distilled water for fish. Fish need minerals which distilled water lacks.

billbucket (author)2014-06-16

Almost looks like a fish in a blender :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-16

That is just so cute! Such an easy thing to put together too :)

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