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Picture of The Fishtank Blender.

Is the blending power of your blender not as good as it used to be?  Has your blender stopped working altogether?  Did you get three blenders as wedding gifts?  Then your in luck.  Hear is a very eye catching fish tank that will get your house guests talking. 

 
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Step 1: Will my blender work as a fish tank?

There are some considerations that make a blender a good candidate for making a fish tank.  First you need to make sure there is a good viewing area with the glass so you can see the fish.  The more water that can fit inside, the better for the fish.  If you do not have a blender and want to buy one for this project make sure you consider these factors.

Step 2: List of meterials.

Little is needed to make a tank.  If you don't want to install a pump (and you don't have to) then nothing is needed at all.  Just get some fake plants and drop them and a fish in.  If you want your tank to be more high tech and have bubbles coming from the bottom to stir the water to help with the O2 levels then you will need to install a pump.  Hear is the items you need.
   The smallest pump you can find.  
   Clear tubing
   A bubble rock
   A one way valve 
The pump is stored in the bottom of the blender where the motor is located.  The one way valve is so water does not go back down into the pump and cause a short.

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eliagp3 years ago
http://www.art-in-guelph.com/Pages/FishBlender.html
msminnamouse11 months ago
This still scares me despite knowing it can no longer blend.
SandraDau1 year ago
to mlein: I know what you mean. I had raised fish for a while and I feel like they like a lot of space too. I had a friend who had a fish in a those tiny round fish bowls and I told her I felt bad for the fish in such a tiny amount of space.
dead hawk1 year ago
I think you could improve it by taking the insides of the blender out and putting a air pump in the base so you could plug it in, and the buttons could be switched out for buttons to control LED lights
Rainh2o3 years ago
cool project, might be good for small shrimp and snails..but a little too small for any type of fish
shaggs31 (author)  Rainh2o3 years ago
I have had shrimp and snails in there. This betta in the pics have been in there for about 6 months now and there was a guppy that I kept in there for about 2 years.
I wasn't saying you couldnt keep a fish in there...as long as the water is changed and you feed them there is no physical reason why they wouldnt live, its just to small for their well being that all...its still a GREAT COOL instructible
hhedin Rainh2o2 years ago
I can definately verify the water is being changed regularly I am the lady of the house who does the maintenance care for finny ( the fish) he is fed and water changed regularly.
mlein hhedin2 years ago
I'm sure you take good care of the fish and that is it is physically fairly healthy...but I can't help but think of this: http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/2000584_700b.jpg
I'm sure you can imagine that like any animal fish are best kept in an environment that resembles their natural habitat, which is in a fish' case, rather spacious.

Psychological health is also very important, it would not hurt to size up it's aquarium a bit.
If you like you state care about the fish' happiness why not just try it?
You've got nothing to lose and the fish a lot to gain :3 Won't hurt anyone!
This is not an attack on your personally, like others here we just want to inform you and help you achieve what you seem to think is important, a good life for the fish!

I still think this instructable is great for constructing a humorous temporary tank to put a very limited amount of fish in when their main living tank is being cleaned! Well done!
eschuey2 years ago
It'd be cool to do this with a food processor or somthing, lol
RGalliath2 years ago
I did this but i wired one of the buttons to activate the bubbles. Now you have to hit "liquify" to turn on the bubbles.
RGalliath2 years ago
You should add to more hoses into the bottom and hook them both up to a small filtration system. One tube is the imput and the other is the output.
3leftturns3 years ago
I was wondering when I'd see you post this. You should put an arduino in the bottom and hack into the existing switches to drive some RGB LED's underneath the blender bottom. Add a new label, and you now have "disco mode"
I like that option, it should have disco mode, then its always a party with the blender beta.
DrWeird1173 years ago
Hate to be a Danny Downer, but this fish is unhappy as I would consider a bender a vase.


Q: Can I really keep my beta fish in a vase?
A: Yes it can, and has been done however, in order to provide your beta fish
with a healthy and happy life it is recommended against keeping them in a vase.
shaggs31 (author)  DrWeird1173 years ago
Thank you for your opinion but I will have to disagree. Some fish love to be nice and cosy. If you give a beta a rock to hide in he will spend his hole life hiding in it. He makes my son happy when he gets to feed him and that is a good life to me.
Making your son happy is not your fish’s life goal; the fact that you think that is a “good life” is irrelevant as fish cannot speak for themselves. You can keep a betta in a vase, it will survive, but the healthiest environment you can provide it with is a filtered and oxygenated fish tank with lots of vegetation.

I work in a pet store and sell these fish in ridiculous amounts; people constantly buy them with fish bowls or small betta box kits, these fish will live, but not in ideal conditions. The best betta setup I’ve seen so far is a co-worker’s fish, it lives alone in a five gallon aquarium and mostly feeds from aniubias roots as it would in the wild. It’s thriving and wonderful to see.
shaggs31 (author)  vinsslaurie2 years ago
Just so every one is clear I do not care about the happiness of the fish. If I did then I would release him in a lake!
Betta fish don't live in lakes, so that wouldn't do any good. Also, just so everyone's clear, you're an asshole, why would you even get a fish if you're going to treat it that way? They may not cost much or do much, but they are live animals, they can feel pain and discomfort and it's cruel not to keep that into consideration.
Yeah, because he doesn't have enough room to do anything but hide out. A healthy betta fish swims around, interacts with people and other things in its environment, and doesn't just hide in a hole!
I agree completely. Any fish should be kept in a +10 liter tank.
yoshi13 years ago
Don't turn it on!!
Broom yoshi13 years ago
You didn't actually RTFA, did you?
yoshi1 Broom3 years ago
it was a joke
Broom yoshi13 years ago
Ah.

Hard to underestimate the entire internet...
3leftturns3 years ago
This instructable is miscategorized. If the button gets pressed, it should be filed under the "food" section.
shaggs31 (author)  3leftturns3 years ago
waste not
lol
artisandyke3 years ago
Nice idea for a plastic fish, but not for a real fish. This is way too small for a betta. Despite popular opinion, bettas need a MINIMUM of 1.5 gallons of water, 2.5 - 3 gallons is even better. They are tropical fish, and they need a water temp of about 80 degrees farenheit, so they need a heater, and they also need a filter.

kostica13 years ago
The only thing I don't get is that plastic plant. There are many live plants, that don't need maintenance. :?
warning: do not plug in blender fish tank
oops!
Leave the blade in there and you've gotta fishy smoothie! Nothing like drinking down some Betta Fish guts/scales/fins, seashells, rocks, and plants, eh?
No, but seriously nice idea. I'd probably open my blender up a rip the guts out it if I was going to do this (Guts = electronics. Sorry. I'mma tech nerd).

Try hooking up an air pump, heater, and a small filter to the buttons. Small heater, of course. Very low wattage for a one gallon bowl/aquarium. When you want to give it heat, BOOP, push the button and your fishy gets warm. Fishy wants bubbles? BOOP! Bubbles. Dirty water? BOOP. Filtered.
rockerape3 years ago
Juicy instructable!
Very cool idea! I have to agree with Brastic! But adding a sound bite of a motor running when one of the buttons was pushed would be even more hilarious just to see the mortified look on someone's face. LOL!
AmyLuthien3 years ago
Nifty idea! Might be fun to keep dwarf frogs in one of these hehehe! :D
beehard443 years ago
i can just imagine a visitor plugging and turning it on...
Brastic3 years ago
I would install a second air pump that would dump a lot of bubbles if any of the buttons were pressed. It might scare a couple of people who just could not walk away with out pressing buttons.
tkjtkj Brastic3 years ago
Nice addition!!

pork_hunt3 years ago
I had the same idea earlier this year, after we moved house, lost a blender and found it again! Mine has a goldfish, a snail and a real plant. Once I realised the actual level of feed my fish needed (one pinch 2-3 times a week) the water has actually stabilised and very seldom needs cleaning. I was concerned about whether or not this would be cruel on the fish, but after spending the last 4-5 months with him, I feel comfortable that it isn't. YMMV
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