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Topic: $7 Lamp/ Fish Tank crazyness! (PIC OBESE!)  (Read 5604 times)
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« on: May 04, 2008 11:49:08 AM »

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by, here’s my lamp/ fish tank:

One lamp, 3 ways of using it!
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Just the top on:


Fish-less:

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So I wanted a cool lamp for my mini desk but felt totally bad about  having to move Mr. Moncho (the fish) from the desk. What to do? Make a lamp that is also a fish tank! So I hit the dollar store and found a box of popsicle sticks (1,000 sticks) = $4!!! And  a plastic container = $1! And some LED lights (not pictured) =$1, Bamboo skewters= $1. Total spent =$7
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popsickle sticks:


So I began staking the "tower" of sticks until I reached the height I liked:

The bottom of the tower was completely covered with sticks, but I forgot to take a picture Tongue
Then I filled the tall tower of sticks with colored Christmas lights I had around:

Checked if the lights work:

Now to "cover" the top, must be very sturdy and hard since the fish tank will be on top of this. I left a little triangle open to let the light come out into the tank. Also the cable of the lights must be covered in electrical tape (black thing) :

Then start making the little tower that will be on top of the fish tank. After it was finished I started working on the inside. There has to be a division of where the lights from the top are and where the fish tank starts. I made a rectangle of sticks:

The glued it to the bottom of the "top" and kept building the tower up:

When It was tall enough I placed the LED lights inside and closed up the top completely. Heres the top being closed:

Now it was just a mater of gluing the bamboo sticks to the bottom of the "top" to be able to suspend it over the fish tank:

Close up:

So Mr. Moncho was placed in the plastic container:

The lamp was put together:

the top is easily removed to feed Mr.Moncho and to clean the tank (which is removable too.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008 12:25:52 PM »

what a great idea! I like it
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008 01:52:50 PM »

Cute idea...looks like you put a lot of hard work into it.
Do the lights get real hot though?
I'd be afraid I'd boil my fish  Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008 04:11:28 PM »

No I checked first, I was gonna use some bigger lights but those got hot!
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008 04:15:15 PM »

This is such a neat idea and there are so many variations you could make.  I'll be hording popsicle sticks starting now!
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008 07:25:50 PM »

This is so cool! Also, I love you avatar everytime I see it I go "Awwwww"
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008 09:53:00 PM »

Hey that's really cute, great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2008 11:25:31 PM »

Thats a cool idea. I'd love to have fish, but the kitties would probably eat em up....well and I have one kittie that is a water freak and she would definitely knock that over to get at the water.
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008 10:36:12 AM »

This is such a cute idea and it looks awesome!  Grin

The only think I'd be worried about is how much space your fishy has to swim about...the general rule is one gallon of water per inch of fishy (as a rough guide). Does he have room to move around okay?
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2008 03:41:04 PM »

This is such a cute idea and it looks awesome!  Grin

The only think I'd be worried about is how much space your fishy has to swim about...the general rule is one gallon of water per inch of fishy (as a rough guide). Does he have room to move around okay?
Id say he has was more than that! When he was sold to me he came in a tiny bowl, maybe just 3 cups of water , he could barely swim. But the container I got at the dollar store is 3 gallons. Actually the lamp is pretty tall, but its hard to tell in the pictures  Undecided
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