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« on: September 16, 2009 09:25:41 PM »

$10 and an old gumball machine.


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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009 09:32:05 PM »

 Cheesy  Awesome!!!!  That is totally rad!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009 09:33:17 PM »

wow that is so cool! would it work with the squareish ones that have like 3 on them? you could put fighting fish in each one!!! this rocks
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009 09:40:52 PM »

this is AWESOME! I have a fish in an old coffee maker, but I don't plug it up! lol
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009 09:57:08 PM »

That is WAY awesome!!! I've always wanted a gumball machine but a gumball machine turned fist tank, Awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009 10:36:00 PM »

now that is cool! great job!
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009 10:47:06 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009 12:12:09 AM »

That's so cool!
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009 02:24:28 AM »

looks cool but how does the fish get enough oxygen and space?
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009 02:34:32 AM »

How did you do this? It's so kool!
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2009 05:39:30 AM »

That is so awesome!!!
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2009 10:46:48 AM »

that looks amazing! my fish is in a regular old boring tank  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2009 09:37:42 PM »

I too think it looks awesome, but I personally think that little guy needs more room.  The myth about the smaller the tank/bowl, the happier the betta is total BS.
Bettas are tropical fish, which means they are happiest with warm water, so they need a heater.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/anabantids2/p/betta.htm
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2009 10:13:14 AM »

A lady I knew when I was a kid had one of these, and I've wanted one ever since! I have not been able to find one though, and had no idea how to go about making one. I know nothing about the inner mechanics of one of these, so forgive the question: how do you keep the water from coming out?
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2009 02:51:14 PM »

I have always wanted to do this!! It's awesome Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2009 04:06:20 PM »

it looks beautiful!  how creative and neat!

a while ago someone else did something like this with a betta in it, and there was a big hullabaloo about it being inhumane for the fishy.  im not sure if its *that* horrible (i mean, you feed it and make sure it has a clean home and all, which is a lot better then what have sometimes had, lol), but, i was wondering if there is another type of fish that would be good for a small space like that?  because i want a cool looking fish tank too!!!
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2009 10:12:13 PM »

Arcticmouse- I pm'ed you.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2009 04:13:21 AM »

I too think it looks awesome, but I personally think that little guy needs more room.  The myth about the smaller the tank/bowl, the happier the betta is total BS.
Bettas are tropical fish, which means they are happiest with warm water, so they need a heater.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/anabantids2/p/betta.htm

Exactly!

OK this may look cool, but it is wrong to keep a living creature in these conditions. In the UK this would be considered unacceptably cruel. I have kept tropical fish for many years and wouldn't keep a Betta in anything that small. My betta tank was 12"x18"x10" and my fish were extremely happy and the male often displayed his beautiful fins instead of having them drooping down like the fish in the picture.
All captive fish require filtration of some kind, they are living beings and should not be forced to breathe their own waste! 
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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2009 10:12:02 AM »

I love gumball machines, very cute!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2009 06:37:44 PM »

I wish i had this fish tank! :] this is awesome
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« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2009 05:17:05 PM »

My aunt has had her betta in a little bowl about this size for 5 years so I didn't know it was bad to keep them in something this small. I have only seen people keep them in smaller fish bowls. If they need more space I can get a bigger bowl. How much space does it need? I didn't know they needed more space than that especially when they come in tiny cups from the pet store. I like fish and I don't want to kill it so I will get a bigger fish tank as soon as possible.
I got the instructions from this site here and made it for my bigger machine-
http://www.addicted2decorating.com/diy-project-accessories-gumball-machine-fish-bowl.html

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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2009 04:12:03 PM »

I don't know how big they need the tank to be (I'm sure they won't ever complain about too much space, lol), but I know that beta fish have to be able to breathe air from the surface of the water. That's actually why they can survive in smaller spaces - they breathe both from the water and the surface air. So make sure that your cute lid still has some air circulation! Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2009 03:15:14 PM »

My aunt has had her betta in a little bowl about this size for 5 years so I didn't know it was bad to keep them in something this small. I have only seen people keep them in smaller fish bowls. If they need more space I can get a bigger bowl. How much space does it need? I didn't know they needed more space than that especially when they come in tiny cups from the pet store. I like fish and I don't want to kill it so I will get a bigger fish tank as soon as possible.
I got the instructions from this site here and made it for my bigger machine-
http://www.addicted2decorating.com/diy-project-accessories-gumball-machine-fish-bowl.html






I would get at least a 3 gal tank.  When I had my Bettas, I bought a tank divider ((at PetSmart)) and had 2 in a 10 gallon tank.  ((DO NOT PUT BETTAS TOGETHER..... SOMEONE WILL DIE!!))  Make sure you have a heater proportionate to the size tank you have. 

http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=32461

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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2010 10:37:16 AM »

This is an adorable idea. Way to go. It looks nice and it looks like the fish is happy.
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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2010 07:04:55 AM »

Alright, as I was recently doing some hunting online I came across an old gumball machine. I have since purchased it, and I will be picking it up today.

Everything I read online says that beta fish need at least 1/2 a gallon of water, but preferably one gallon per fish. I would imagine that my machine will accommodate at least this. If it doesn't I will figure out some other purpose for my machine. After all, a gumball machine is pretty cool all on its own.

One modification I will be making for my tank however, is drilling some holes in the top of the metal cap, and figuring out how to maneuver some sort of filtration system.

Macgirl I will keep you updated on my progress.
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« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2010 12:39:13 PM »

Not a fish fan (issues from childhoold.....don't ask!), but had to leave a comment to say how COOL this is. 
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2010 06:47:54 AM »

My aunt has had her betta in a little bowl about this size for 5 years so I didn't know it was bad to keep them in something this small. I have only seen people keep them in smaller fish bowls. If they need more space I can get a bigger bowl. How much space does it need? I didn't know they needed more space than that especially when they come in tiny cups from the pet store. I like fish and I don't want to kill it so I will get a bigger fish tank as soon as possible.
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http://www.addicted2decorating.com/diy-project-accessories-gumball-machine-fish-bowl.html



Everything I've read and been taught is a gallon per fish. however bigger is better.
I think you could probably find a large bowl to fit the top of the gumball machine and use some sort of adhesive to affix it so it looks like it belongs if that is what you are looking for.

I love your project it's so creative and different! I've seen blenders, coffee makers and t.v.s turned into fish tanks but never something like this so props for originality!
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« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2010 02:19:08 AM »

Haha It's brilliant of you to change a gumball machine into your fishy tank!
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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2011 01:03:12 PM »

This is SO awesome!
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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2011 03:44:37 PM »

Wow! This is a really great idea. Your fishy will be very happy Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2011 03:23:24 PM »

That is AWESOME. That is just so cool.. I love it!
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« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2011 11:49:27 PM »

Bettas can live in a gallon of water, sure. The only problem is that's like you living in a walk-in closet.

Bettas do really well in a five gallon tank. They also need a heater and thrive with a filter, and they do appreciate a light on a regular cycle. My crowntail shares a standard ten gallon with two zebra nerite snails, and they all get to live with lots of space, plants, and hideys. He's a happy boy; he even jumps out of the water for food.
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