Making a working
0,975 L aquarium in a wineglass
As I got it the 4,3
L bowl to work, I looked for the next challenge: Femto! I saw a video online with a guy using the plastic-box from a Go-Pro camera:
but I failed to get my hands in one. Plan B became a large red wine glass. Read about the build under the photos.
A large wineglass; 0,975L
A single magnet to attach the light, and hold the background
A transparent dish for
The background is common linden; Tilia x europaea
The lit is 1 mm thick, oval glass
The light is a singe LED on a wire,
glued to a washer
sphagnum for the
branches are corkscrew hassle; Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
As this is my second aquarium this millennium, I already
had most I needed.
I found some real rough
linden bark at the local cemetery for
the back, along with some smaller corkscrew hassle branches. They have been laying there for quite some time, and the sap
has gone. I pinched a handful of sphagnum, for the pot to the Bladderwort. I use some of the larger black granite stones to attach the plants to,
and hold the sphagnum.
As it is a small
container, I will not have fish, only tiny water-bugs - mainly
because I can't find some Paedocypris progenetica. The animals are from the ponds in the local park
(and a pair of young Taiwanese shrimps at first, as I couldn't get through the ice on the ponds). We have quite some odd looking bugs in the wild, and I
my try some locals. There are so many other interesting bugs, but they are all carnivores, and I can't be bothered catching then food all the time.
The plants are from around the world, bought in pet-shops. Besides from the plants I already had, I
added a Lesser Bladderwort and a Marimo ball, which I intend to grow flat.
The lit is from a picture frame, made a bit oval, to let some air in.
The button is a small plastic bowl, which can be removed, cleaned and cut "on land".
The water is rainwater (actually snow),
which some of the plants prefer. I add eggshells to the shrimps.
To free some room on the button, the
background is attached to the back with a magnet. The magnet doubles as the
holder for the LED light, and is glued to the outside of the glass. The light
can be turned to the side, giving room for maintenance.
The bark have a pair of hassle branches screwed on. It actually only fill a
third of the glass, but due to the magnifying effect, it appears to fill the
entire back (see the two pictures to
A small transparent plastic-bowl stands on the bottom, and filled
with sphagnum, it makes up the pot for the Lesser Bladderwort. One branch have Java Moss on, the other Marimo
The expenses was keep to a minimum, as most was recycle. I spend €2 on the
light, €2 on the 5V transformer, €7 on the Rosendahl wine glass, €4 on the lit, €3 on the 2 shrimps and additional €7 on the
2 new plants = €25. And while
I was at it, I made Femto #2