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Thanks for making this contest! Now I'm motivated to finish the project I started last month. :-D
I'm from NYC living in studio and I wanted another aquarium in addition to my 5g. I wanted an aquarium for the corner of my studio and thought this IKEA vase would be perfect. Who knew I would be making an aquarium from IKEA vase, but that is what I'm doing... I'll post some pictures of supplies I used. I should be done soon (just waiting for couple of more items) and will post the rest.

IKEA BLADET VASE (I GOT THIS FOR $15 FROM CRAIGSLIST)
Diameter: 10 ¾ "
Height: 25 ½ "




IKEA BJURÖN PLANT STAND



DEEP DOME




MOGUL SOCKET



CFL FROM HOME DEPOT



WIRE



FLEXIBLE EXTENSION PIPE



MOGUL SOCKET ATTACHED TO FLEXIBLE EXTENSION PIPE




THREADED PIPE



CLAMP



PLUG



IKEA LACK SIDE TABLE (ONLY USED THE TOP, NO LEGS)



PENN PLAX 2WAY GANG VALVE



10G TETRA WHISPER AIR PUMP (LOVE THIS ONE, BETTER THAN RENA!!)



IKEA TÄNDA (TIMER, I'M TOO LAZY TO TURN THE LIGHTS ON. :-D)




TOP VIEW




FRONT VIEW



SIDE VIEW



CLOSE UP #1



CLOSE UP #2



CLOSE UP #3


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That is all for now, I have great plan to hide the airline tube and I'll be replacing the current filter. Don't like it very much... Hope to have more photos by early next week.

Thanks!
 

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Whoa.... that is so unique. How much water does it hold? What are those little fishies you have in there?
 

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its between 8 and 10 gallons depending on how big the base glass is
 

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Whoa.... that is so unique. How much water does it hold? What are those little fishies you have in there?
Right now I have close to 4g water, not sure about the maximum. I would imagine like 5g... Proud father of white cloud minnows :-D.
 

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Thumbs up to you. :thumbsup:
 

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very interesting take on a simple vase =)
 

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yeah it's a buterfly betta
 

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So after couple of weeks of thinking on how to hide the airline tubes, I've finally come to conclusion. At first, I thought using java moss was the answer, but I'm lazy and don't want to deal with that! While at the flower district here in Manhattan, I found this really long bamboo (about 15 feet and little more than 1 inch in diameter). I asked the guy to cut for me every 28 inch, and came home with 6 1/2 bamboos.

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I had to make the holes inside for the airline tubes. Good thing I had my threaded pipe
and banged it in with hammer.




Cut the top to my taste



I'll do some test and more pics to come... Thanks. Let me know your thoughts.
 

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I think using bamboo to hide the tubing is a great idea!

Thanks Aunt Kymmie! I hope the end result will be good! You know, sometimes you have a great idea, but when you do it and just looks terrible! It ends up becoming a bad idea, but you learn... =)
 
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