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Here's my DIY 10 gallon hexagon lamp aquarium.

I decided to make one for 2 reasons.
I had some scrap 1/8 inch glass laying around and i went with the lamp idea because my husband said you don't have anymore room for aquariums. I figured he is out of town so he can't stop me, and it won't be taking up anymore room since we already had a "regular" lamp in it's place.
I made a diy internal filter so there's nothing hanging out tha back and i also have my co2 going through the internal filter. Once the plants grow you shouldn't be able to see it.
Let me know what you think, whether good or bad.

here's my diy 10 gallon hexagon lamp aquarium
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lol, great idea. =)
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I love it.
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Any issues with heat from the lamp part?
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Any issues with heat from the lamp part?
Not at all. The lamp part doesn't raise the temp at all.
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Oh, man, that is cool. Has the husband figure seen it yet? If so what did he say? If not, you have to tell us what he says when he does see it .

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That looks pretty nice, but I would prefer a square cross section tank instead of the hex, to get a more unobstructed view of the tank dwellers. And, another way to do it would be to leave the tank open on the top, and use the lamp to act as both a table lamp and tank lamp. Working out how to handle the suspension of the lamp over the tank and the electric cord routing could be a design problem though. This sure gets me to thinking! (Is this a way to get a nano into the condo without wifely objections?)

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What did you use as the frame for it?

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What did you use as the frame for it?
It actually is frameless and rimless. I just glued some ribbon fabric on top and bottom to add some color to it.
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That looks pretty nice, but I would prefer a square cross section tank instead of the hex, to get a more unobstructed view of the tank dwellers. And, another way to do it would be to leave the tank open on the top, and use the lamp to act as both a table lamp and tank lamp. Working out how to handle the suspension of the lamp over the tank and the electric cord routing could be a design problem though. This sure gets me to thinking! (Is this a way to get a nano into the condo without wifely objections?)
I was actually going to do it the way you said by using the light from the lamp for both but I have some very high light plants in the tank that need more light then what the lamp gives off.

If I would have made the light for both the tank and the lamp I would have drilled a very small hole through the bottom of the tank and used a small tube, either out of glass are plastic in the middle of the tank to run the cord through.
I went with the hex tank because i have soooo many square, rectangle tanks already, not to mention I thought a hexagon tank would be more challenging to make and I had a bunch of small pieces of glass and didn't want to spend more money to buy more glass to make the square tank.

Hoppy I also think if you made the tank and set it all up before your wife knew what you were doing she would be happy with the end result.

My husband won't be home till the 9th of Nov so he doesn't know yet. I know he will give me that " oh god" look and then get over it He doesn't care much for fish and the tanks
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