Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY Plastic, Easy Cleaning Aquarium

I just love my new fish tank! I saw this really cool No Clean Aquarium online and I wanted one really bad but couldn't afford one so I paid really close attention to the design and made a plastic recreation of one for myself.

To make your own plastic fish tank you will need:

1 pineapple container or deli container
Some colorful rocks or river rocks
A small freshwater fish or two
A small lid
Flexible straw
Packing tape

Cut a small roundish hole in the side of your container at the top edge of the container below the rim. Take your lid and lay it upside down on the floor of the aquarium right  in the center. Cover with the stones you have chosen and place your straw into the edge of your lid. If you need to trim the bottom of your straw to fit better. Feed the straw through the whole and secure around the straw with clear packing tape. Trim the straw on the out side and make sure it is facing down like a spout.  Now fill your tank with filter water until right under the straw at the top. Take your fish and plop them in. Yeah you have a self cleaning fish tank. Everytime you want to clean your tank just pur in about a cup or so of water and pull up another cup beside the straw that is hangin out the whole and watch the yucky stuff come out. I just made mine so it is much like an experiment.

Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you think mine will work in the long run?

Update on Fish tank:

To clean the sides of the tank just get a little tooth brush and scrub the sides and the straw. This will keep the algae down. Then pour about a quart of water in, little by little,  to remove the mess that comes up from stirring up the rocks on the bottom and the algae from the sides. I have three small guppies in the tank and they are happy enough to have birthed a baby while in this tank. I may have to move the baby if it turns out to be a larger guppy but for now it is fun to watch the baby grow.

Has anyone tried my idea?

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Unknown said...

Now that is a pretty neat idea!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks So far so good. I'm only using my smallest guppies for this tank. Also a beta might work.

Debra Kapellakis said...


Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks Debra, I have put 4 small guppies in there and I clean it every couple of days. They are happy!

Zoya said...

Great idea! I think this is amazing to have a self prepare tank at home. Thanks for sharing about it.
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Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks Zoya. The take is still going and doing great. I just have to use my little tooth brush on the sides and pour my filtered water in to clean it up.

Linda said...

That is neat! I just saw the 'NoClean Self Cleaning Aquarium' online and went looking to see if anyone had made one and YEA - you have! I just downsized my Betta to a one gallon jar, now I have to figure out how to do this with glass... or maybe I will get a plastic gallon jug. Thanks!

Jenifer Harrod said...

That's really neat. I'm glad you wrote to me because I have ordered the equipment for making these with glass and I will soon have it and make some of these with glass. I hope to make them good enough to sell them also. I'm really excited about them and I'm sure that if God wills we will have them up for you to see soon.

Linda said...

Looking forward to your results...

Jenifer Harrod said...

I will be posting my glass version of this project real soon, Linda. It should be just the thing.

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