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  1. #1

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    Post DIY lightbulb aquarium (with pics)


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    Yes folks, thats right, your in for another Matt samms DIY. Sit back, relax, and enjoy seeing me pull the glass shards out of the palms of my hands.

    _________Tools
    1 Needle nosed pliers (or snippers)
    1 small hammer
    1 small screwdriver or skinny scissors
    1 Wire cutter
    1 Saw (optional)

    _________Materials
    1 Globe style light bulb
    1 small handfull of aquarium rock
    1 Ghost shrimp
    1 Coat hangar
    1 2x4
    1 Staple gun

    _________Estimated time to complete
    ~ <30 minutes



    ~STEP ONE~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...rent=Step1.jpg

    Aquire a light bulb


    ~STEP TWO~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=2.jpg

    Use needle nosed pliars or snippers to remove the metal contact on the bottom


    ~STEP THREE~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=3.jpg

    Break the black glass at the bottom with screwdriver or skinny scissors


    ~STEP FOUR~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=4.jpg

    Break the inside tube with the screwdriver or skinny scissors. Rotate scissors to remove any glass edges protruding from the stem.


    ~STEP FIVE~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=5.jpg

    You should be able to fit your finger in the stem. (This is an extremely stupid idea, but i had to illiustrate the lack of obstruction in the stem. DO NOT DO THIS!)


    ~STEP SIX~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=6.jpg

    Wash out the white powder coating. The powder is non-toxic, but it is probobly not good to breathe. So be careful. Rinse atleast 15 times, shaking it before draining it each time.


    ~STEP SEVEN~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=7.jpg

    Remove any stuck on powder (usually close to the stem) with an OLD toothbrush.


    ~STEP EIGHT~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=8.jpg

    Your bulb should be crystal clear. If not, you need to rinse/brush some more untill you can see through it.


    ~STEP NINE~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...&current=9.jpg

    Cut a length (12 or so inches, better too long than too short) of coat hangar wire.


    ~STEP TEN~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...current=10.jpg

    Bend it into a rough shape, like in the picture, make the corkscrew at the top as circular as possible.


    ~STEP ELEVEN~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...current=11.jpg

    Staple the coat hangar to a 4-5 inch peice of 2x4. Make sure you get the little "dog leg" at the end, to ensure that it wont tip over.


    ~STEP TWELVE~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...current=12.jpg

    "Screw" The light bulb into the cork screw. If it isnt a good fit, re-shape the corkscrew.

    ~STEP THIRTEEN~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...current=13.jpg

    This should be your final product. Add your gravel, you should have 1-1.5 inches of gravel. Add dechlorinated water. Add no more than 1 ghost shrimp. There you have it. Your very own ghost shrimp light bulb aquarium.


    ~OOOPS~
    http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t...ent=scraps.jpg

    All of the "mess up" light bulbs.








    Well i hope you enjoyed this diy. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me and i will do my best to help explain something/solve your problem/s.


    Stay tuned, as soon as i get another ultra bright LED, i will show you how to make your aquariums very own light.
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  2. #2

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    I'm sort of speechless... You must have a lot of tme on your hands! Oh and what's going in there... a brine shrimp? :)

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    You could have posted your photobucket site link and we could have viewed your pics as a slideshow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jweintraub
    I'm sort of speechless... You must have a lot of tme on your hands! Oh and what's going in there... a brine shrimp? :)

    A ghost shrimp.
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    yep, ghost shrimp. I would try a Betta but it would be a pain to get it through the little hold in the top.

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    I should try your stand. One of these days im going to smash my head on mine hanging.

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    that's pretty cool. i may make one for my work. good job
    55 gal lightly planted mbuna

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    Ive seen one with bettas, and thats just as bad as the death cups imo. Maybe if you could get a GIANT lightbulb, but only then.
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    i should stick 1 in my school locker

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    lol, mine would get broken in my locker faster than you can say howdy doody.
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