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« on: July 17, 2004 02:11:50 PM »

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20755&item=4313832748&rd=1


^I love that.


Does anyone have a clue how to attempt making one?  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2004 03:17:27 PM »

wow your right that is really cool. I supose to make it though you would have to cut a hole in the wall and i dont think my mum would let me do that!! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2004 05:21:34 PM »

It says you don't have to cut a hole in the wall to do it... It also says that it holds about 6 cups of water, which isn't that much for something as tall/wide as that. So, obviously, the tank is really shallow --- maybe an inch or so deep?

I'm not sure how you'd go about making it, but maybe some silicon adhesive to hold the panels of glass (or plexiglass?) together would make it watertight... You'd have to get two pieces cut the same size, and then narrow strips to make the sides and bottom. If the pieces were cut to fit a standard picture frame, you could just glue that onto the front, I suppose. And you'd have to attach something (paper?) to the back so that you wouldn't see the wall behind it --- you could use a picture of an under-sea landscape or something, or just a solid colour. I have no idea how to hang it to make it stable, though...
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2004 09:27:39 AM »

i wouldn't try making one on your own.  there was an episode of 'changing rooms' on bbc america where they tried to make their own shallow fish tanks and a couple of hours after putting the water in the tank split & burst.  made for good tv - but you probably wouldn't be so happy if it happened in your house.  Wink  i believe they did use just cut glass & silicone.  it just couldn't handle the weight & pressure of the water.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2004 06:00:46 PM »

Hmm This seems similar in size to those little acrylic tanks. Some are marketed under the brand name Critter Keeper and they're less than $10. Plus they come with a lid, so your fish can't accidentally jump out. Theoretically, this is so simple and under $20.
1. Buy mini tank at pet store, Target, etc. (they're everywhere)
2. Buy or make a simple 5x7 ish frame.
3. Make a little wooden shelf about the same size as the tank.
4. Attach the "frame" to the tank with finishing nails (maybe wood glue could work.)
5. Secure shelf/ frame to stud in the wall.
6. Test for stability! Fill tank with water and set on shelf. Slam the door a few times, if the tank doesn't fall, it's fish safe.

It seemed the one in your link wasn't really flat or inserted in the wall. Look at the pics again and you'll see what I mean. You could probably even make the "frame" wrap around the sides too. I suspect it's possible to make an acrylic or glass tank as well. With something this small, there wouldn't be a lot of water pressure. You would have to be sure to use aquatic pet safe adhesive (check the pet store) and test it before adding fish. BTW Acrylic is expensive and hard to cut without breaking.

 A hermit crab would work well too and they're non aquatic so you wouldn't have to worry about leaks. A tiny aquatic frog or a tiny terrestrial turtle would also work well. No goldfish-they're very dirty and require constant cleaning or a filter. I'd love to test my idea, but that's not an option right now. This is a cheap gift idea and it's on my to do list! Please share pics if you do this. (P.S. Please read my "trashy desk" post. I need help!) 

And trufflegirl is really smart! Add some sort of pic behind the "frame".
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