I found two 5 gallon plastic water jugs in the trash some time back.  Now I could have simply returned them for the deposit at the store, but that wouldn't have been fun or original.  Instead, seeking to furnish my home (a bit of a man cave, occupied by my teenaged son & me) and bring a bit of the outdoors inside, I turned these jugs into something completely different and unique.

This project uses the "body" of the water jug as an aquarium, while using the neck of the water jug to mount a lamp.  Inside the aquarium is an undergravel filter using a silicone baking pan as the filter base and PVC pipe as the riser tube.  The PVC tube continues above the aquarium section of the water jug and conceals the wiring for the lamp, which is mounted to a large PVC pipe bushing that fills the neck of the water jug.  The lamp makes use of conventional lamp socket and wiring.

The following is list of things you need for one aquarium/lamp:

5 gallon water jug
1 1/4" slip in-glue on X 1/2" threaded female PVC bushing
9" round silicone flat bottom baking (cake) pan
Approximately 15" of 3/4" PVC water pipe
1" X 1" X 3/4" PVC tee fitting
3/4" X 3/4" X 3/4" X 3/4" PVC cross fitting
3/4" X 3/4" X 3/4" PVC tee fitting
3/4" to 1/2" PVC reducer fitting
1/2" threaded male to 1/8" threaded female reducer bushing - either galvanized or brass
1/8" close (short) threaded nipple - brass
lamp socket with switch
lamp cord
lamp shade harp
lamp shade
3 or 4 6" plastic cable ties
airline tubing (standard aquarium type)
small airstone (standard aquarium type for undergravel filters, sized to fit into 3/4" PVC pipe)
aquarium air pump

List of tools needed:

Dremel tool with rotary file or sanding drum
hole saw set - 4" hole saw, 1" hole saw (DON'T make a major investment in a hole saw set - I purchased mine on eBay for less than $12)
3/16" or 1/8" drill bit
electric drill
some tool to cut PVC pipe - either a ratcheting pipe shears or a hacksaw
deck03073 years ago
why an aquarium drink from it!
Soksume4 years ago
would definitely suck if you ran 120V through your fish :(