24 DIY Fish Tank Projects You Can Build In Your Free Time

What do you love about aquatic life? They are a good sight to watch and they provide a level of serenity to the environment they are in. Now, imagine having them in your own house! I did some research and came up with 24 DIY fish tank ideas that can be built easily from home.

All the projects listed in this article are easy to build and cheap, you won’t have to rob a bank to build any of the projects listed below. Just choose your preferred DIY fish tank and start the building process.

24 DIY Fish Tank Projects You Can Build In Your Free Time

1. How To Make A Fish Tank Using A Plastic Bottle

Do you have some plastic bottles of different sizes and some minutes? If you do, let’s follow the steps given by this instructor to make a fish tank together. The first step required in the making of the fish tank according to this video is to make holes in the bottles.

2. How To Build A Glass Aquarium

Here is how this glass aquarium can be in your possession; You will need silicone, glass, glass cutter, sandpaper, and painter’s tape. Though you have the chance to choose either painter’s tape or electric tape, the instructor decided to choose painter’s tape because it can be ripped easily. And if you’re carrying out this project alone, it’s a good option for you as well.

3. How To Make A 2.5 Feet Aquarium

The best thing about this 2.5 ft aquarium is the clear silicone and white adhesive tape used for the assembly. Both materials make the aquarium as neat and visible as possible. You’re going to like your aquarium once the project completes.

4. How To Make Your Aquarium

I love this aquarium! The reason being that as neat and beautiful it is, it can be made for as little as $30. You can get all the links to each material and equipment used in the process of making it in the link below.

5. DIY Glass Aquarium

5. DIY Glass Aquarium

This aquarium is made from glass. Though the process of handling the glass can be challenging, it can also be fun once you follow the steps in this guide and handle the glass carefully.

You can start by determining the size of the aquarium you want then take the proper measurement of the size.

However, I will advise you to get all the materials and tools before starting the project to make it less challenging.

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6. How To Build An Aquarium At Home

6. How To Build An Aquarium At Home

If you are a nature lover like me, especially nature in water, you need to try out this beautiful aquarium as I am penning to you now. The aquarium is very functional and can be sitting magnificently at one corner of your living room or any other place you want to place the aquarium. By following the instructions in this guide, you will be able to build it with ease.

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7. DIY iMac Fish Tank

7. DIY iMac Fish Tank

Sometimes, the limitation to our desire is money. Therefore, if you are trying to consider your budget, this iMac fish tank is for you. The major materials needed for this fish tank is acrylic sheet and a lesser cutter, though they might be difficult to get, it is very essential.  The total cost of building this aquarium tank is approximately $160.

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8. DIY Fish Tank

8. DIY Fish Tank

This is absolutely the easiest aquarium tank to DIY. All you need to do is to get a plastic bottle, divide the bottle into three sections (top, middle, and bottom) and cut out each section. Remove the middle section and join the top to the bottom. By this, you have your mini aquarium.

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9. DIY Plastic Bottle Fish Tank

This is a very easy DIY fish tank.  To make this, you need to get 2 big plastic bottles and 1 small and narrow plastic bottle. Cut off the bottom and top of the narrow bottle, make a hole at the bottom side of each of the big bottles. Then attach the narrow bottle to the big bottles through the holes and seal it with glue.

10. DIY Aquarium

At the beginning of this, I know you will be wondering what is happening here. As I am right now. However, you will surely like the outcome of the project. The one thing that makes the project so fun is the process of mixing the cement and dipping clothes inside to mold a cardboard box.

11. Homemade Fish Tank

I like the fact that the instructor in this video flame polished the cutter before using it on the plastic bottle, this will give it a smooth edge. It is very simple and inexpensive.

12. DIY Plastic Bin Fish Tank Setup

If you are like this guy in this video who will do anything to rescue the tiny aquatic life, then you will find this project interesting. He started by picking out the materials required for the fish tank from the store and then assembling the tank. He then places each material in the right place in the tank.

13. DIY Mini Aquarium

13. DIY Mini Aquarium

This is one of the simplest and quickest DIY aquariums you’ve ever seen. It is made from a plastic container, seashells, aquatic plants, and gemstones. All you need to do is to put the seashells and gemstones inside the container then fill the container with fresh water. After this, let your fish into the container and close the container.

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14. DIY Cardboard Fish Tank

14. DIY Cardboard Fish Tank

This is how to craft an aquarium for the kids using a cardboard box. After cutting the box into pieces for the craft, you need something to support the aquarium from the back to make it sturdy. The flap of the box can work well in this area.

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15. DIY Fish Tank

15. DIY Fish Tank

If you want just a decorative aquarium with decorative fish, this should interest you. It is made using the Crayola model magic, construction paper, and washable paint.

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16. How To Setup A Fish Tank

16. How To Setup A Fish Tank

Just like you and me, the creator of the fish tank is a first-timer. Nevertheless, with optimum patience and understanding, he was able to make the aquarium.  Following the steps and materials he used in the link below, we should be able to make one as well.

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17. How To Make A Multi-Level Fish Tank

Before anything, you can decide to draw the plan of the aquarium as the creator in this video did. This will make the process easier and faster. Also, you must be very cautious while cutting the glass in order not to shatter the glass.

18. Monster Fish Tank DIY

This fish tank was built for some baby monster fish. It’s a big project which means it requires a higher cost than a usual fish tank. Although it is very simple to set up, due to the bigger nature of the materials, you might need a second hand to help you out.

19. DIY Fish Aquarium On A Budget

What is your budget? The creator of this aquarium tank put you and me in mind while building the aquarium. All the materials used are cheap and yet functional. Let’s follow the guide to build our fish tank.

20. DIY Robotic Fish Tank

20. DIY Robotic Fish Tank

From a mere look, this fish tank speaks class! The mode, the design and the LED light make it so unique. It doesn’t require a heater and it looks cooler with the integration of the LED light.

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21. DIY TV Fish Tank

21. DIY TV Fish Tank

This Panasonic tv fish tank is another way to upcycle your old tv frame to make something new. In handling the old tv, you should be mindful of high voltage hazards. Because a TV left unplugged for a long time can still hold high voltage.

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22. DIY Fish Tank Coffee Table

22. DIY Fish Tank Coffee Table

When you see the price of a fish tank in the store, you will be convinced to build one by yourself. check out this amazing fish tank. The organization of the creator of this fish tank is second to none. All the materials used were carefully selected to complement the furniture of the house.

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23. How To Build A TV Fish Tank

23. How To Build A TV Fish Tank

Why get rid of your CRT TV console when you can just turn it into an amazing fish tank?

Here is how you can make that happen:

Disassemble the TV console using a wooden hammer. After this, you need to reassemble everything using a screwdriver, hose, and pocket hole jig.

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24. DIY Fish Tank

This fish tank is inexpensive and simple to set up. Because of how delicate the glass is, you can lay it down and you will be the one moving to and fro while assembling the tank.

Conclusion

There you have it! 24 different fish tank/aquarium ideas that are fully functional and inexpensive. Feel free to make adjustments where you deem fit. I hope you had a great time reading this article, thanks for stopping by!

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