This project started out when I went to Petco to pickup kitty litter for my wife's cat & I saw these little Betta tanks on sale for $5., so I picked one up.
The little tank was collecting dust until I went to a black-friday sale at the mall and saw a fountain on a $5. sale table and the idea came to me to use the fountain with the Betta tank.
The fountain was pretty small so I picked up the wood bowel from the same $5. table. You see a theme here?
I cut out a hole in the wood bowl to insert the fountain base.
I then siliconed everything together
I also added a Simple Battery Powered Air Driven Auto Top-Off
to prevent the bottom sump from going dry.
I wired in a power supply along with rechargeable battery's for pump power.
I drilled the bottom of the tank to insert a fitting to attach the pump.
The fitting has to be water tight to prevent the water from leaking out of the tank and flooding the fountain base if the power is turned off.
The 1st test with water.
You can see the water overflowing the front of the tank.
the lighting is a 3 Watt MR16 12 Volt LED lamp
on an old MR16 light fixture for lighting.
Unfortunately the fountain pump died during testing, so I replaced it with a small power head.
Sorry about the poor picture, but I'm also placing a small heater in the fountain base.
I created an island using a mix of peat moss & silicone around a tiny manzanita stump . Talk about a messy adventure.
I have the water overflowing the back of the tank on this picture.