$8 Betta Fish & Flower Vase

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This is a great gift idea that costs only $8! Thats right! Everyone who has seen my vase has wanted one and they are super simple to make!

You will need:

- *1* Betta Fish $2.99 Petco

- Peace Lily $3.99 Safeway

- Vase $1.00 Dollar Tree

- Stones or colored marbles $1.00 Dollar Tree

- Blue Gatorade $1.00 Dollar Tree

*Note* Betta Fish fight to the death. Only one per vase. Also. Don't cross them.

*Note* Blue Gatorade is the best flavor

*Note* Glacier Freeze is not blue Gatorade. Glacier Freeze is a mountain flavor.

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Step 1: Wash You Stuff

Wash your rocks / marbles and your vase! Who knows what kind of chemicals have been in there! The rocks and the vase should be clean so that your fish is happy and healthy!

Gently place some stones / marbles at the bottom of the vase. Don't drop them in. It could break your vase!

Now fill up your Vase a little bit with some lukewarm water to for your fish.

Step 2: Clean Your Peace Lily

Clean off all the dirt from your Peace lily. This can be done with a hose. Massage the roots gently as you spray the dirt away. Take your time and be patient. The cleaner it is the happier you will be in the long run. Trust me it is worth the extra effort to get every little piece of dirt you can.

Step 3: Create Your Plant Holder.

Take your Gatorade. Chug it. This is the only way your project will be successful. *Important* Robots should use caution with this step.

Now we will form the rock catcher at the top of the vase. This will hold the plant, the rocks, and positions your plant how you like it.

After washing out your Gatorade bottle tip the bottle upside down and put it in your vase to see where the best place to cut your bottle is. This should be about 1.5 - 2.0 inches but it really does not matter as long as it does not come over the vase. Mark it with a black sharpie as I have done in the picture. Now cut it off with some scissors. Also be sure to off the top part right below the orange band to make it look good. If done right it should look like the second picture. I used some heavy duty scissors and a little saw.

Step 4: Put It All Together

1. Pour your fish in the vase

2. Put your Gatorade rock catcher at the top of your vase so it fits snug.

*Optional* You can buy water drops for your betta fish.

*Optional* Don't be afraid to trim the roots back if they are too long. Don't worry they will grow back!

3. Slip your plant into the vase through your rock catcher.

4. After it is snug and where you want it add rocks to help position the plant upright.

5. Fill in any extra water needed, but keep a little tiny bit of air at the bottom so that the water can get a some oxygen.

*Note* Make sure you feed your fish.

Congratulations Human or Robot you have done it! I really hope you enjoyed my Instructable!

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    25 Discussions

    About this being a slow death wrong , Instead of a Peace Lilly Look up about carrying for a beta they ve come a long way plants feed fish and fish feed plants and vegetables they all grow in water or ponds but done GREEN. And as far as the fish resting by betta leaf at petco. study before preaching only people that act before searching every ave. need to get a new neighorhood of bad energy. Light, love, Listen and share the good and not the negative .

    2 replies

    Reply 19 hours ago

    Bettas are carnivores in nature. They only eat plant material if they're starving.
    This is a slow death.
    Do some Actual research before you correct people with bad advice.


    3 months ago on Step 4

    if you get a betta from a pet store and i've seen this in many different pet stores, They are ALL living in their own small sour cream size clear plastic container with a plastic lid with holes punched into it. Im an avid animal lover, and, while im sympathetic to the "small space debate being hurtful", IT IS what they are accustomed to. I do hate to see them in those tiny containers, but the size of the vase is about 3 times the space as their original pet store home. The vase can offer water plants, hammock, much more stimuli than sitting on a shelf in a pet store, and, they like to watch tv, yes, ive done my research...bcuz i do wrestle with the theory of smallish container vs.2-3 gallon tanks too...... does that change anyone's mind on the pros and cons?

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    Reply 19 hours ago

    Those cups are very temporary. A few weeks maximum. Bettas need so much more space than this vase. Five gallons is reccomended but 2.5 gallons is considered the minimum.


    19 hours ago on Step 4

    Great way to improperly care for a betta! This is similar to buying a dig and keeping it in its kennel all the time. Bettas need space (2.5+ gal), a filter, and a heater. They're tropical fish that need stimulation and the mentioned components to live their proper lifespan (3-5 years average; Ive had one live for 7).
    Source: I've worked in Aquatics for quite a while, as well as being a hobbiest for ages.
    Do some research and stop spreading improper care. It's animal abuse


    4 months ago on Introduction

    “Happy and healthy” sorry but I don’t think that poor fish is happy and healthy in a vase that small! Breaks my heart.

    I remember years ago when this was Popular I am glad I found this for part of an Idea Im creating . Ive been looking on internet a long time thank you this will help complete my task

    1 reply

    I truly hope you did more research on this type of fish and decided against doing this. Bettas need at least 3 gallon long-style tanks that are filtered, with lighting and heaters. They enjoy plants and caves to hide in, as well as places to lay around and rest on. Being out in the open makes them feel exposed and stressed out.


    4 months ago on Step 4

    What is size of Gatorade bottle. 32 ounce? What is height of vase? Do you have the catalog number from dollar tree?


    Tip 6 months ago

    Please, If you truly care about these beautiful animals, would you consider taking this post down? It looks beautiful but that’s way too small for any fish to live. It’s a misconception that Betta are happy in cramped spaces. Also, Gatorade will still have residue inside the plastic of the bottle which can be toxic for fish. Please be responsible with caring for any fish and do research to make sure they have enough space for a good quality of life. These fish if cared for and treaded right will live 4-5 years.

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    Tip 6 months ago on Step 2

    I thought it was a joke when I heard about a "leaf hammock" for Betta. Don't have a picture on this phone but it really works!

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    Reply 6 months ago

    Plus the Betts doesn't have to struggle to the surface all night to get air.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Please,remember that bettas in small vase miss space,(one Betta should have at least 3-4 gallons ), oxygen, food, and heat (since thy are tropical fishes they need at least 74° Fahrenheit)

    3 replies

    This is false. Betta fish can live in very little space. In fact sometimes they are sometimes sold in fish tanks that are incredibly small. They do not require oxygen, only air. You are absolutely correct. Food is needed and they are tropical fish 74 degrees is a good number.


    Reply 6 months ago

    This is false. All fish need at least 2 gallons per fish in a tank. A five gallon tank is perfect for one Betta fish. Real plants and adequate water temps are best. (It is a myth that Betta have a great quality life in extremely small tanks and glasses.) Please don’t do it. :(

    While bettas are widely believed to be able to live in small spaces in actuality it will result in a shortened and uncomfortable life for
    the fish; the smaller the container, the faster the fish's natural waste products, ammonia, will build up and can cause burns and
    suffocation and leaves the fish susceptible to infections. While bettas are quite hardy and will often survive such
    treatment for months, it is very stressful and painful for them to
    live in the tiny betta tanks or small vases. They should be kept at
    minimum in 2.5 gallons of conditioned and heated water; please ensure
    any container used for housing your pet fish is at least this large. If a
    cycled filter is not installed, 100% water changes should be done at
    least every other day to ensure the fish is not harmed by the build up
    of its own waste.

    Carol PaulR

    3 years ago

    Holy crap...I was so excited about doing this until I read the comments on how it's a slow death...torture. .for the fish.....ewwwwe. ..forget it now