Hi there folks! Father’s Day is coming up on June 16th! If you’re lucky enough to have a Father/Father-figure/Father-of-your-children around to celebrate with you this might be a nice present. I’ve been thinking about my dad and remembering all the great times we had together before he passed away. He was definitely a fish person! I think he may have been a fish in a previous life with how much he loved the ocean, boats, and everything fish! We had several fishtanks in our home while I was growing up, but let’s face it – fishtanks are hard to keep up! I know there are several fish that are perfectly happy in small bowls – I just wasn’t sure which would be happy. I went and talked to the nice lady at the pet store and I recommend you do the same before picking out your new pet!
So, let me introduce you to Ichabod! I named him Ichabod because it sounds like “ichthyology”! 😀
I used instructions from another blogger on how to hollow out a light bulb. I will just add that it makes for easier clean-up if you work over some damp paper towels. The damp paper towels catch everything well and then you just have to fold them up to clean your work space.
I cleaned the interior out and put it through several rinses to make it free of residue for my little friend here.
I very carefully buffed the opening so he wouldn’t get hurt on his way in his new home.
Put him in gently with a teaspoon!
He’s so tiny, he could even swim in the spoon a little!
I’m setting aside special water for him so I can change his water frequently and keep it aerated.
BONUS! – Light bulbs cast light really well and the little rays of sunlight that stream through cast an Ichabod-shaped shadow on my wall!
He seems really happy “hanging out” suspended over my desk.
However, there is a separate larger bowl ready for him if he doesn’t continue to do well in there.
I hope to have time to post better instructions later.
The best part is that this project is really cheap!
Burnt-Out Light Bulb: a single light bulb is somewhere around 50-90 cents to begin with, and if you’ve already got one burnt-out that’s best!
Natural Jute Twine: you can get a roll of about 100 feet for less than $2.00, but you’ll only be needing about 20 feet – the roll I got was $1.39 at the hardware store. I used 5 pieces of twine at about 4 feet each to macrame around the outside.
Small Fishy Of Your Choice: Ichabod was a cool 13 cents + tax.
Fish Food: whoa now big spender! This is what kind of blows me away about this project. I wasn’t going to skimp on the food because I want him to have all the vitamins and nutrients he needs to be happy and healthy. I already had the twine and burnt-out light bulb, but even if I had purchased them for this project I still would have spent less than $2.50 on the whole mini-tank AND the fish! A small canister of fish food (that will probably last me a long time because he can barely eat one flake at a time) was $2.57 which puts the grand total cost of this project around $5.00 dollars. It costs more time than money. It took me a few hours to clean it out really good and put it all together.
P.S. Take the advice of the blogger with the light bulb instructions! I used eye protection and gloves and I’m glad I did because a rogue glass fragment bounced off my goggles! Be safe!
UPDATE (added June 13th, 2013): I’ve posted an update on Ichabod and some tips for keeping your new friend in the lightbulb bowl here.