DIY Betta Bottle Fish Tank

After one of my boyfriend’s keggers, we had these giant 60 oz glass bottles! We wanted to put them on display and what better way than to make them fish tanks!!

We’ve had these fish for just over 4 months now and they are still fighting fit! The red one is Charmander and the blue one is Squirtle! (original I know, haha) Steps after the break!

What you’ll need:

  • A 60 oz of your drink of choice (anything else would be too small and cruel for the little guys)
  • Pebbles (stones, ect anything to put at the bottom)
  • Living plant (optional)
  • Betta fish (we got beta fish because they are super strong and they don’t need a big or always clean tank)

Steps:

  1. Clean the bottle!! Make sure there is no alcohol at all!! Very important!
  2. Put in the pebbles – rinse them first so there is no dust or dirt!
  3. Add in the plant, using a chop stick to get it planted in the pebbles
  4. Then, carefully put the fish with the water into the bottle. Follow the instructions given to you for water and your betta fish!

Tips:

The tank is a little tricky to clean! so be very careful when pouring out the fish to clean it!

The plants add more algae into the water, so after a while we just got rid of the plants

We found that the betta fish like the pebble food over the flakes and they love blood worms!

Do not put the the tanks together!!

Total Cost: $50 for two fish, two plants, pebbles, drops, and food

The bottles were $50 each, but the kegger covered the cost of that.

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34 Responses to DIY Betta Bottle Fish Tank

  1. A.Y. Daring says:

    Why can't you put the tanks together?

  2. Vanessa says:

    haha because they are beta fish!! they will try to fight each other

  3. Tyutyunnik says:

    Ha when I first looked at the picture I thought it was gonna be "how to make your own vodka", but this is good too!

  4. Vanessa says:

    ahhaha is that even legal??

  5. matt says:

    i made this for my girlfriend thankssss for the idea I hope she likes it

  6. Vanessa says:

    I hope she likes it too!! :)

  7. Joe says:

    How is your betta doing? I can’t seem to figure out how you manage to get the fish out easily but I want to try this

  8. Anonymous says:

    what do you use to clean the bottle?

  9. Tip says:

    You can siphon the bottom of the bottles & change the water using a small airline tube. Just place one end in the water, suck on the other for a moment and then let it drop down into a bucket. No need to “Tip” the water out.

  10. b says:

    Stunningly beautiful creatures trapped in the ugly by-products of the advertising and alcohol industries—why is this amusing? Why be proud of such a selfish, offensive idea?

  11. John says:

    Realky cool idea I actually started googling about this as I thought of the idea when I found an old whiskey bottle in my lift… Just one question- how do you keep the temperature at 25-30 degrees ?

  12. Izabela says:

    You really should give them more space. These fish can live up to 10 years in the right conditions but , unfortunately, people keep them in cramped conditions where they cannot thrive. I love the blog but this is really disappointing. Please reconsider your fish homes!

  13. Omigod says:

    This is like how-to, to make sure those fish live unhappily and die slowly.

    There’s no way you can keep a tropical fish in cold water, in a narrow-necked bottle, without creating a whole lot of stress and suffering for that poor animal, and shortening its life by a LOT.

    If you don’t believe me, try looking up a betta-care forum, for how to properly care for these beautiful fish. Tell them you’re keeping your betta in an unheated vodka bottle and check out the horrified reactions.

    Please don’t support this cruelty. Even if it looks ‘pretty’ and the fish don’t die right away, it’s still a very bad environment.

    • Ugh says:

      I agree with Omigod. People really do not understand bettas. It’s a shame that fish stores leave betta buyers uneducated, and even sell products that house the bettas in a poor manner, “betta bowls”, “betta cubes”, etc… If anyone reading this is thinking about getting a betta, please take care to read up on owning a betta. It’s not as easy as you may think to keep a HEALTHY betta.

    • Cory says:

      I sure hope you are a militant vegan otherwise your a huge hypocrite. Have you seen the conditions our live-stock live in/are transported in before slaughter??? probably not, but you want to comment on how bad this FISH is being treated…hmmmmmmmmmmm

  14. anonymous says:

    If you want a low-cost low maintenance fish then stick to sea monkeys! They are the only creatures that will be happy living in a vodka bottle. It’s neither safe, sanitary, or humane to keep the beta in such a small space. Betta fish actually need 5 gallons of water and should be in an aerated tank.
    Be the cool kid with the sea monkeys not the jerk torturing a Betta.

  15. shauna regan says:

    You’re stupid for putting your fish in bottles. No fish should have such a low air supply..PERIOD. good luck trying to clean that VODKA bottle without harming your fishy. more bacteria will grow in that bottle and will be even harder to clean out. Sorry for your fish.

  16. shauna regan says:

    I think i will put you and your friend in a bottle and give you just enough room to breath….your fish are lucky that you’re not daft enough to put the effin cap on your vodka bottle.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Stupid, horrible, torture jar.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    all of you suck this is a great idea. you buy bettas for like 3 bucks at the store. get over it if there’s 2 less in the world you crybabys. kudos to vanessa for the idea.

  20. Debs says:

    This is very cruel…. Maybe you should look up how to look after Betta NOT torture them. A 5 litre tank is really the minimum you should use. Come on guys, get a proper tank!!!

  21. dorksanonymous says:

    i guess you think this is ‘witty’… not an appropriate ‘faculty’ for any fish.

    (people, please, do your best NOT to follow this person’s idea… it’s atrocious!)

  22. virginia says:

    this is so sad

  23. Alyce F. Clarke says:

    You are my hero,. I got into this fishgardening by accident and love it. I ordered a new STRANGE Betta today and recycled a prayer plant and root system. So I’m on a new adventure. Such fun. Thanks for the vodka idea. Alyce

  24. Katie says:

    all of you guys are complete fucking assholes. if they want to make that their fish bowl thing then let them or fuck off, its a really cool idea and its not them being ‘selfish’

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