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I know, I know, there are already two instructables (to the best of my knowledge) about making a light bulb aquarium, but mine has step by step instructions with pictures for every step
 
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Step 1: Get your Materials

you will need:

MATERIALS

1 globe light bulb
1 coat hangar
1 4" long peice of 2x4
.25 lbs of aged aquarium gravel
1 bottle water conditioner
1-3 ghost shrimp

TOOLS

1 Hammer
1 pair of needle nosed pliers or tin snips
1 screwdriver, or skinny scissors

Step 2: Copper Connector Removal

Use your needle nosed pliars or tinsnips to remove the copper connector on the end of the light bulb

Step 3: Break glass

On the end of your lightbulb, there is black glass. The best way to get that out, is to put your screwdriver or skinny scissors into the little indention where the copper connector used to be, and twist back and forth to crack the glass. Be careful, the glass shards are extremely sharp, and extremely painful once they are lodged in your hands.

Step 4: Break Glass

After you have removed all of the black glass, look into the stem of your lightbulb. You will see two things. A skinny long tube, and glass covering the stem. Point the stem away from yourself, and gently, with the screwdriver/skinny scissors, break it. It is pressurized, and will, on ocasion send a shard flying. then you can insert the tip of your tool, and give it a gentle rap with your hammer to break the glass that seals the lightbulb.

Step 5: Remove protrusions

Remove the extra points and protrusions on the inside of the stem.


NOTE!: do not attempt what i am doing in the picture. It is extremely stupid, but it was the only way i could illustrate the point that there was a lack of obstructions in the stem.
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I was thinking about doing a similar design using a larger transparent light bulb and a female beta (siamese fighter fish)

hi, I have just made one one of these and I was wandering how you would put the shrimp in:-) thanks

ewalsh59 months ago
This is a cool idea. But instead of shrimp, could small snails work too. And if you can put snails in ,
How many is to many
miwin10001 year ago
I like the idea of putting plants in it, hydroponics is great. Not live creatures tho...too small, not enough air, hard to clean...just not right for the living. Maybe a worm or snail...
But thanks for the instructable tho...I like it
sonny08jms1 year ago
i was starting a project yesterday and i just used a few sheets of toilet paper & the bulb 1/2 full of water shake well and rinse it out and it removed all of the dust
Concerning the coloring dust;If you don't have an old toothbrush, or want to make it easier on yourself, get some salt (about half to a whole teaspoon, put it inside the bulb, cover up the end with a paper towel or the like, shake, then add water, then shake again, and most, if not all except around where the thread mount is connected, should come off.
taria2 years ago
I think you did a great job. Very good intructable, very well written, despite the comments below.

I think this would make a great herb display. put a couple along a board and put some herbs into them. Nicely done. Giving me plenty of ideas to work off of.
Umm I know this is kinda obvious, but how about just use a clear lightbulb?
you do have a valid point but some don't have the clear ones at home and I think this person was just letting you know that if you don't have the 'clear ones' you have a way of cleaning it out as an option. :)

I know for myself I have no clear ones at home and really don't want to go buy a clear bulb just to try it out. :)
SIRJAMES092 years ago
on another instructable, there was a guy who used sand & water to "scrub" the inside of the light bulb to get the white film out. you may want to try that next time,,,

Just a thought
beeingdana3 years ago
Sea monkeys (brine shrimp) might be able to find this a suitable home.
I apologize if someone already suggested it.
I've been really interested in making vases/aquariums/terrariums out of bulbs lately. Apparently it looks like fish and/or possibly shrimp are a bad idea as far as living animals go. Does anyone know about, or oppose, tiny aquatic snails for such a habitat?
I thought they might enjoy cleaning the inside glass and or rocks of the globe, under the stem of a bit of Pothos plant.
But I don't actually know much at all about keeping aquatic plants or animals. I'm not sure what these 'aged' rocks are that were suggested either. I'd love a little lesson or more info on any of this if you all would oblige. Personal e-mail message would be great too, even. Since I'm new here, and I don't know if I can subscribe to these comments for email notifications in case of replies.
Write to me here: www.KWightArmstrong.com/contact/send-message
I made the instructible, I found using a very small drill bit, then a larger bit. I then broke the glass with an awl and then finally a really large bit about 1/2" or so. rest And used it to grind out the made taking out the inner glass much easier. Other than that rinsing the inside of the bulb with water took care of the white dust.
 what is the powdery stuff and how is it safe for shrimp
I think that it is powdered aluminum. It should be washed out. You want to see them anyways. :)
can I put a small guppy in one?
I would think so.
EbolaZaire3 years ago
I like the previous suggestion to make this a live plant aquarium. Anybody know of some good small plants to use? Possibly with the biggest lightbulb I can find.
I made this in my spare time today for some feeder fish I picked up. It made for a good 3 or 4 hour decoration piece.
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Robot Lover4 years ago
I have to be honest, I don't care about this conversation. It's pointless, your not going to change peoples minds by commenting, and to that, I don't know why I am even commenting. But, the shrimp living in the lightbulb are most definately better off in the lightbulb than the ocean, because shrimp in the ocean are getting caught and sold for peoples eating enjoyment and they are also getting eaten by other animals. The shrimp in the lightbulbs are gurranteed to get food everyday, don't have to worry about getting caught and especially not eaten. My hat is off to you. Good job!
pkmn4 years ago
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Mjem24 pkmn4 years ago
Agreed.
spongeguau4 years ago
can make small crustaceans?
HubertF4 years ago
the powder (step 6) is toxic!   Not a good idea to put an animal in there no mater how well you clean the thing!
zernie4 years ago
master lurtz is right.

If you can get hold of a tiny amount of concentrated nitric acid, it works wonders on removing just about any encrusted crud from glass and ceramic. I used to use it to clean lab glassware with stubborn burnt on bits.

WARNING You don't need much. But it is extremely corrosive. Not the stuff to get on your skin or god forbid in your eyes.
sdhardie4 years ago
I'm not sure I'd put a fish or shrimp or anything in there, but it might make a great little live plant garden!
 
sibiria5 years ago
I think this just as cruel and wrong as the biocubes or whatever those things are... I breed shrimp and fish and I would never put shrimp into anything without good filtration and in less than 2.5 gallon. I also would not trust any light bulb to keep a living thing in. This is just so wrong in so many ways, then again I just like giving my pets the best life possible no matter how small they are but thats just me.
i agree!!!!!!a, because of the lateral lines and all, and b, because if this glass dust could harm you, and you left some in the bulb, imagine what it would do to a fish/shrimp. i also try to give my pets the best life possible no matter how small they are. you aren't alone...

it's so sad to see people actually trying to do this without any research or knowledge or understanding how it affects the living things they put in there.  :(

I wish you wouldn't put any living creature in this I believe you know about shrimp more than I but I hope it isn't too small :) Thanks for writing "DO NOT even think about putting a betta in this light bulb!" :) Betas around the world thank you :)
exactly!!!!!!!!!do not torture living things and put them in a light bulb!!!!!!!!!!you should not have only written the DO NOT thing for bettas, that should be for all animals. the only thing that should go in that lightbulb aquaruim is plastic animals, or something non-living. ANIMAL CRUELTY ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry, i know im being kind of harsh. but really, it is just so cruel that i cannot stand it.............
darkclaw424 years ago
This might be one of those 'rare instructbales I actually do'. I like it, I just dont know where I'll get the shrimp from. Im Cajun, I never raised any shrimp either, I just ate them. Bet their easy to take car eof though.
kiffer3605 years ago
I am trying this with a much larger bulb, but for some reason, the white powder is well attached to the inside of the glass. I can get it out, but that requires using a toothbrush to dislodge the dust, and the bulb is so large that the toothbrush will not reach the inside curve. I have done this before with a smaller, more normal bulb, and it worked fine. Salt, water, dish washing detergent, and airsoft bb's have all been used by me in an attempt to remove the powder, and nothing works. does anyone have any suggestions?

put salt in the water

He said he used salt....
Get some coarse-grained salt (like kosher salt), and put about a tablespoon of it in the bulb (assuming it is just a standard-sized lightbulb). Then, get some isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%, you want to use the highest percentage of alcohol available, as it will not dissolve the salt), and pour it into the lightbulb, until a slurry is made from the salt/isopropanol. Cover the top of the bulb with your thumb, and shake it vigorously. Pretty soon, the powder will start to come loose. Purge the bulb with water, and if there is any powder remaining on the bulb, repeat the salt/isopropanol wash. It has worked for me every time I've done it.
Acid?
Geosync4 years ago
Be advised, a typical guideline for aquariums is "1 inch of fish per gallon."  This might be a responsible and appropriate addition to this Instructable.
hi i did it
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