Hey all. I made myself a nice nano tank and I had the inspiration of taking a few shots during the making process. Since this is the coolest fish forum I know, here goes:
This is my first attempt of building an aquarium. It's not rocket science, tho it took me a whole day from the raw materials to the finished product. I had a medium tank of about 80 Liters (~20G) for like 8 years, but it has become too much as I began to have less and less time for myself. So I gave away the big one and made this little one and I plan to put a nice blue betta fish in it.
Step 1. Buying stuff.
Glass 3 mm thick
- 3 pieces of 20X20 cm + 2 pieces of 20x19.4 cm so it's a 20X20 cm cube - 1.90 euros
- the most inexpensive - 1.90 euros just like the glass. Quite a coincidence.
17W (Output 75W) - 1 euro
Cable, Plug and that thing where you screw the lightbulb
- 1 euro
That's about it, so a total of 5.80 euros.
Step 2. Taping glass with masking tape.
Removing silicone from glass being rather difficult, i masked the glass with tape, leaving just the contact area open.
Notice the glass with orange juice on the corner of the table
Orange juice glass gone. I accidentally tipped it over the edge. My bad.
Step 3. Putting it all together.
No need to be careful about messing up the glass with silicone. The masking tape does it's job.
Step 4. Making the Lightbulb Box.
I found a shoe box in the closet just perfect for the job.
Made it look nice by applying some thin white cardboard on it.
A little spray paint... and that's all.
Step 5. Making the light look green.
Just added a green piece of plastic foil taken out of a document folder. I couldn't decide for green or for blue. Both colors look nice for an aquarium and I could change it very easily.
Since I do not intend to plant it, I don't care if the green foil blocks most of the light so I am just interested in the aspect.
Step 6. Taking pictures of it on my desk.
I think it looks nice with that white tape all around the edges.
Tomorrow, after the silicone dries well, I'll go buy myself a nice Betta fish.
So that's it no air pump, no CO2, no filter.
I'll put some pictures when I have the fish and it's all set up.