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How to Make a Gumball Machine Fish Tank



Aquarium is a simple, relatively low maintenance way to keep a pet at home. If you want to create a fun twist on this aquatic environment, try renovating a gumball machine with special aquarium accessories. Once you have cleaned your gumball machine and made some cosmetic changes, use power tools and sealants to trim and install aquarium flooring in your new tank. Once you've connected the filter and added some fun lights and decorations, you're ready to introduce some fish into your new tank!
. If you are reusing a machine that used to contain different sweets, focus on getting rid of all the extra rubber and sweets. Remove the lid and scoop out any leftover sweet treats until the tank is completely empty. [1]

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  • Square or rectangular gumball machines work best when trying to create an aquarium.
  • While candy and rubber have a fantastic color scheme, you cannot keep these items in your future fish container.
  • Try to use a large gumball machine for this project. The average goldfish is happiest in a tank that is. If you can't find a gumball machine near that size, try using the largest tank you can find. [2]
  • Turn or remove the cover from your gumball machine. Before you start cleaning or adjusting your gumball machine, take a moment to remove the cover from your rectangular or circular tank. If your machine is rectangular, try lifting the lid to access the inside of the tank. If your tank is circular, try turning the lid to loosen and remove it from the gumball machine. [3]
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    • If your gumball machine has a lock on the lid, use a heavy-duty drill bit to work through the metal and break the lock. [4]
  • Wipe the gumball container with warm water. Soak a cloth or paper towel in water and rub down the sides, lid and bottom of the gumball machine. Wipe off any visible surface to get rid of any remaining sugar, dirt or dirt in the tank. Try to avoid using soap for this, as soap residues can damage your future fish population. [5]
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  • Record aquarium supplies for a small fish tank. If you do not know the exact dimensions of the gumball machine, do not sweat it – instead buy supplies designed for a small tank for a small gumball machine. When you are in the delivery shop you can take some aquarium seal, a small filter and gravel, waterproof lamps and other decorations. In addition, visit a hardware or home improvement store to download polycarbonate sheets. [6]
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    • You will make room for a tank filter later.
  • [ Edit ] Modifying the filter cable cover

    1. Sketch out a rectangular part of the cover to remove. Take a ruler and measure the length and width of your new filter. Perform this measurement and mark it along the side of the gumball machine lid. While the filter will be on the outside of the tank, you will not be able to attach the lid properly over the clamping unit. Because of this, you have to cut a small rectangular part of your metal cap. [7]
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      • Depending on the size of the filters, the rectangular section may be large like.
    2. Wear gloves and goggles before using power tools. Before you cut your lid on the fish tank, put on a pair of durable gloves as well as a set of goggles or goggles. Since you are going to cut metal, you do not want any loose spots flying into your eyes. If you want to take extra precautions, also use a ventilation mask. [8]
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      • When working with power tools, always stay in a well-ventilated area. Ideally, this project should be done outside.
    3. Drill along the edge of this sketched rectangle. Take any drill and start drilling holes on the long distance you marked on the lid. Continue to form holes along this area, as it will make the metal weak, brittle and easier to remove. Depending on the size of the lid, try drilling at least 5 holes along the reference line. [9]
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      • Each borehole should be about 4-5 millimeters apart.
    4. The outer edge of the metal is weakened with a hand saw. Apply a small amount of pressure to the vertical lines of your rectangular marker with a hand operated saw. Although this tool does not complete the job, you can use it to weaken the vertical ends of your rectangle. Continue working the saw back and forth until the metal edge feels looser. [10]
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      • The hand saw does not completely remove this section of metal, but it will make the metal come off easier.
    5. Chisel of the rectangular metal piece from the lid. Place a chisel along the horizontal edge of the rectangle next to the holes you drilled previously. Hit the end of the chisel with a hammer to exert pressure on the incisions and cracks that you have already formed in the metal. Continue hammering along the edge of the rectangular shape with the chisel until the metal piece falls off! [11]
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      • Don't worry about grinding this edge of the metal, as you just removed the metal so that the filter could fit properly.

    [ Edit ] Creating a waterproof seal

    1. Cut off the central metal bar with a rotating tool. Use a handheld rotary tool to cut away all metal blends in the center of your tank. Try to remove as much of the rod as you can so that you can cover its base with a piece of polycarbonate foil later. If you do not remove this metal piece, you will not be able to seal your tank properly. [12]
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    2. Track the perimeter of your rubber ball machine on a polycarbonate sheet. Put a sheet of polycarbonate material on top of your fish tank. With a permanent marker you can trace a rough line around the edge of your fish tank. Aim for your sketched lines to be almost accurate with the actual circumference so that the polycarbonate can fit into the tank. [13]
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      • The polycarbonate will serve as the base for the aquarium.
      • It's okay if your polycarbonate section is slightly smaller, because you will go over it with sealant for a moment.
      • If your machine is circular, trace the rounded opening on top of the tank.
    3. Cut your contoured shape with a hand-held rotary tool. Take your electric rotary tool and saw in a slow, even motion around the contour you drew. Try to keep the edges as even as possible so that the sheets fit comfortably in the tank. Since you will place this at the bottom of the gumball machine, you do not need to grind the edges. [14]
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      • Ideally, you don't want any jagged cuts or edges on this polycarbonate sheet.
    4. Cover the bottom screws of the gumball machine with aquarium sealants. Find all screws that secure the tank section of the gumball machine to the lower mechanism. Then open your sealing bottle and squeeze a large drop of product on top of each screw to prevent any leaks around these areas. [15]
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      • Depending on your gumball machine, you may have four or so screws at the bottom of your tank.
    5. Press a sealing line around the bottom of the rubber tank. Take the tube and apply a sealing line along the linear or curved edges of the tank. If you have a rectangular gumball machine, focus specifically on the corners and other straight edges that look fainter and less waterproof than the others. When working, try to keep the sealant as close to the edges and corners as possible. [16]
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      • If the sealant is not flushed along the edges and corners, your tank may not be waterproof.
      • This sealant helps to attach the polycarbonate sheet to the bottom of the tank.
    6. Press the polycarbonate sheet firmly on top of the sealant. Take your mounted sheet and center it along the bottom of the tank. Then arrange the edges along the sealant and then press the sheet into place. Use a high pressure when doing this to ensure that the film is safe. [17]
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    7. Add a second row of sealant along the top edge of the sheet. Take your sealing tube and squeeze another product line along the edges above the installed sheet. As you did before, keep the sealant close to the tank's edges, as this provides an extra layer of waterproof safety to your aquarium. Use this extra layer to fill in any spaces around the foil. [18]
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    8. Wait 2 days for the sealant to harden and set. Instead of changing the lid on the tank, let your gumball machine stay open on a flat surface. Let the sealant dry for at least 48 hours, otherwise it will not block the water properly. Keep track of the date you sealed the tank so you can add water later in the week. [19]
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      • Do not add any decorations to the tank until the sealant dries.
      • Meanwhile, focus on getting your other decorations and supplies into the tank.

    [ Edit ] Filling the tank with necessary items

    1. Insert waterproof lamps under the lid of the gumball machine. Take a self-adhesive light and attach it to the underside of the fuel cap. In addition, look for long, horizontal lights that you can attach or connect to the inside of your tank. If you are trying to create a fun color scheme, you can consider buying lamps in different fluorescent colors. [20]
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      • Don't worry if you have extra wires hanging from the fixture fixtures. Keep a power strip on hand so you can handle all the cords with your gumball machine aquarium.
      • Use low wattage lighting for your aquarium, as most fish do not like excessive brightness.
    2. Squeeze the filter along the side of the tank. Take your simple filter and secure it with a clamp along the outside of the container. Arrange it in the same place where you cut an opening in the metal lid so that the lid will fit properly later. Be sure to connect the filter to a socket or power strip so you can keep the aquarium water clean. [21]
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      • You can arrange your filter before pouring into the aquarium.
      • Some filters have special tubes and other miscellaneous parts. Read the instructions that come with your filter to make sure you are installing the device correctly.
    3. Line the bottom of your tank with aquarium gravel. Pour at least some gravel along the bottom of your fish tank. Arrange the gravel before placing other decorations, as it forms the bedrock for the rest of your tank decor. [22]
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      • If you want to go for a colorful theme in your tank, buy light gravel at your local pet store.
    4. Arrange various plants and decorations in the tank. Take fun plants and supplies and place them along the bottom of your aquarium. Try choosing a fun selection of different items, including rocks and other items that the fish can swim through. When you decorate the tank you will create a fun and engaging environment for your future fish. [23]
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      • Avoid using plastic and ceramic decorations as these can damage your fish. [24]
    5. Fill your tank with water. Take a pitcher of filtered water and pour it into your gumball machine aquarium. Aims to fill at least 80% of the tank so that the space is less or less at the top. Turn on the power outlet or outlet to power the filter, and your tank will be ready for new fishermen! [25]
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      • Check the instructions that came with your filter and see if the unit needs to run for a certain amount of time before you can add fish.
    6. Use your tank lights and filter with a power strip. Check that all filters and wired lamps are connected to a power strip. Make sure the power strip is on so that the filter works and actively cleans the water. Every time you clean your fish tank, make sure this power strip is turned off. [26]
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      • If you do not have many cables on hand, feel free to use a wall socket instead.
    7. Put a small number of fish in your tank. Go to your local pet store or fish delivery store and look for a small fish that is right for your tank. Look for smaller fish that don't take up as much space as neon tetra. Unless your gumball tank contains at least water, just add 1-2 fish total to your aquarium.
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      • Talk to the animal or fish supply companies' colleagues to see what types of fish are swimming together, and if there are any predatory fish that you should watch out for.
    8. Replace the cap on the gumball machine tank. Secure the lid or "cap" on top of your gumball container. Always keep the item in place so that the fish are not tempted to jump out of the water. Since you have a waterproof light attached to it, hold the lid in place to give an even glow in your tank. [27]
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    Edit ] Things You Need

    • Hot Water
    • Paper towel or cloth
    • Electric drill
    • Handsaw
    • Hammer
    • Chisel
    • Small handheld rotary tool
    • Gloves
    • Safety glasses
    • Aquarium seal
    • Fish tank holder
    • Polycarbonate aquarium sheet
    • Aquarium Plants
    • Waterproof Tank Lights
    • Power List
    • Ventilation Mask (optional)

    [ Edit ] Tips

    • Some manufacturers sell fish masses for gumball machines. If you are in a hurry or do not want to go through the construction process, consider buying one of these.
    • This gumball machine should be quite large (at least 2-3 gallons) as a small machine will not provide enough space

    [ Edit ] References

    1. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=1m57s
    2. http: //injaf.org/aquarium-fish/the-goldfish-section/what-size-tank-for- goldfish /
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    4. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YxA9S8Ln6sA&t=0m39s
    5. [1945 https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean- a-fish-tank /
    6. https://users.cs.duke.edu/ ~ narten / faq / hardware.html
    7. https://m.youtube.com/ see? v = _ylinGb7F1E & t = 5m44s
    8. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-028.pdf
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    12. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=6m55s
    13. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v = _ylinGb7F1E & t = 6m19s [19659128] ↑ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1waODrTf9H8&t=1m46s
    14. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E = 8m10s
    15. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Meyb2JYCU&t=7m41s
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    17. [1945 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=8m53
    18. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=9m1s [19659128] ↑ https://users.cs.duke.edu/~narten/faq/hardware.html Tu 1919919035] https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=10m14s
    19. [1945 https://users.cs.duke.edu/~narten/faq/hard ware.html
    20. https://ve tmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/betta-fish/strong19659138vard↑ https://www.fishkeepingworld.com/10-things-you-shouldnt- put-in-your-fish-tank /
    21. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_ylinGb7F1E&t=11m57s
    22. https://m.youtube.com / watch? v = _ylinGb7F1E & t = 12m11s Chapter19659141 Edin ↑ https://users.cs.duke.edu/~narten/faq/hardware.html

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