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DIY 2g Nano Tank with lots of pictures

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.

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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
Silicone - the most inexpensive - 1.90 euros just like the glass. Quite a coincidence.
Tesla Lightbulb 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.
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Wow very well done diy tank. What about the cardboard and moisture issue?
I cant wait to see it planted with your saved blue Betta..
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Yea that's the only thing I am concerned about. But I think that the temperature inside the box will be high enough not to let the cardboard get soaked.
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I bought myself a nice betta fish today.
I think natural looks better than green lighting so I discarded the green sheet of plastic. Also went to some nearby pond and picked up 2 weeds for the tank. It's some sort of Cabomba plant. Only one I could find. In a few days, the water will turn crystal clear, now it is a little cloudy because it's only been set up since a few hours ago.



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Very nice! Thank you for walking use through the process and shwoing us your new fish. He will be happy in that tank. You can cover the top with plastic wrap inside to help keep the moisture out.


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No need to cover the top, there's no moisture. I am not completely satisfied with that cover tho and I think I'm going to make a wooden one.
I forgot to mention that the guy I bought the fish from kept his bettas in plastic beer glasses and he only had males. "Females bettas are ugly" he said. Yea dude, but what about the little dude's needs?!
I'll pimp him some girl soon.
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how did you cut the glass? can you also use plexi-glass
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The guy from the shop where I bought the glass cut it for me. I tried to cut some glass a while ago and ended up cut and with the glass broken. You can use plexi if you like, but it's more expensive and gets scratched on easily.
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Another pic without the bubbly walls

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nice looking tank.. good job!

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Hemorioza?!?! Did you use white silicone, is that the reason for the tape?
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alot of clear silicon starts out white depending on the type. Might be an indoor silicone.
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Bluelobster,
You can build a tank out of acrylic and cut it yourself but you would have to get acrylic cement to weld the seams together, silicone will not adhere to acrylic/plexiglass.

I really do like the tank you built for your betta, I never though about making the tank appear framed by using tape though (neat idea).
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looking nice, pretty fish.
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