Junkyard fish tank

So your house looks like a dumping ground for useless junk? Yeah, we know it’s the hacker’s curse… you just can’t stop salvaging stuff. But follow [Pontazy69's] lead by building something useful out of that junk. He took an old polystyrene box and made it into this fishtank. You can see that the sides and back of the box has gone unaltered, but the front wall is missing. [Pontazy69] marked and cut straight lines while leaving a lip around the edge. Silicone was used to glue some acrylic (or perhaps glass?) to the inside of this lip. Once dried he added another bead around the outside to ensure it doesn’t leak. Few fish would be happy here without some type of filter so he built one of those out of an old plastic bottle and some other pieces. See videos that show you how to build both the tank and the filter after the break.

We love aquarium hacks almost as much as clock hacks. So check out the water exchange system, and a couple of different lighting systems. Then document your own aquarium projects and let us know about them.

Fish tank made from polystyrene

Plastic bottle fish tank filter

[Thanks Greg]

Comments

  1. jordan says:

    yes hacking and re-purposing is great, but i will stick to store-bought aquariums…

  2. joe hosman says:

    I did something similar except i haven’t had the time to build a documentation page yet.

  3. woutervddn says:

    Although I’m not a big fan of fish and aquaria I love joe’s hack xD

  4. jeditalian says:

    i should take a picture of the fishes in my ‘commode-aquarium’ hack

  5. andrew says:

    I tried to do this with an MDF box coated with latex pool sealer and an acrylic window. Only problem was that I didn’t build a lip to hold the bottom part of the window and therefore could never get it to seal. :(

  6. Werfu says:

    I’d call that an Hackuarium!

  7. Sigg3 says:

    Please be careful, water damage costs a lot!

  8. Sigg3 says:

    @jhosman: nice!

  9. Pontazy69 :) says:

    Sweet u liked my tank :D

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