How to Build a Goldfish Dinner Bell

Ever notice your fish frantically trying to get your attention at mealtime? Build a simple "dinner bell" that your goldfish will ring when they're hungry.

Steps

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    Straighten a wire clothes hanger (or 24" length of 12-gauge, or heavier, copper electrical wire)
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    Bend an "S" in the middle of the wire just big enough for one loop to fit the lip on your fish tank.
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    Cut off one end of the wire a bit shorter the depth of the fish tank (this is the bottom half).
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    Bend a small loop in each end of the wire.
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    Attach a weight to the bottom loop and close the loop.
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    Attach a jingle bell to the top loop and close the loop.
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    Hang the completed device weight-down in the corner of the fish tank where you usually feed the fish.
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    Adjust the top and bottom wires so that when fish bump into the lower, weighted wire, the bell jingles at the top of the upper wire.

Tips

  • Copper wire and lead fishing sinkers are better...they won't rust.
  • A very small brass bell with a clapper makes a nicer sound than a "jingle" bell.
  • The bottom weight should be slightly heavier than the bell and not touch stuff on the bottom or side of the fish tank.
  • Bend the wires, as needed, so that tapping the bottom wire will cause the bell to jingle.
  • The lighter and more balanced the top & bottom, the easier it is for the fish to ring.
  • Begin feeding fish near the device...they will learn to ring for dinner!

Warnings

  • Lead & copper will harm most tropical fish species/varieties. Research your fish before adding these metals to the water. Copper is almost always deadly to invertebrates such as shrimp and crabs.
  • Do not use an electrical bell or buzzer.
  • Remove and fold clothing on hanger before straightening hanger.
  • Do not cut copper electrical wire that is plugged in or is part of a live electrical circuit!

Things You'll Need

  • wire clothes hanger or 24-inch piece of 12-gauge or heavier copper wire
  • needle-nose pliers
  • 1/4-to-1/2-ounce fishing sinker or washer or nut or small stone
  • 1 small bell (1/2 to 1" Christmas bells work okay)

Article Info

Categories: Goldfish