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Duplex: Bird Cage & Fish Tank

I don't know where you could buy this, but it's actually really nifty. The metal edition, if safe, is fairly practical other than being round. I think it's neat that the birds have fish to watch right in their roof

http://www.constanceguisset.com/inde.../objet/duplex/



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Thats so cool. If you could take a dome top off a square cage to put the fish bw; in the would be kind of neat. I may have to try this. lol

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Am I the only one who thinks it is very unsafe? Not only in case it happens to break or fall through the cage but also for the animals involved, the shape and style is no good for birds and certainly no good for fish, where would the filter go for starters?

I have done projects on these when I was at college and it shocked me the amount of them made and the different styles that are simply impractical for the health and safety of the animals involved.

If however they were used solely as a decoration with fake animals used then fair enough but not live ones.
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I'm sure you could make some kind of tank and cage put together for small birds but in a more safer way

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Yes, the design on this is impractical - you would have to put betta fish in the top because they don't need the filter. The round cage is not good for the birds. I thought the concept was more interesting than the overall design on this one. It's an art deco piece, she made a one off of each model. So I doubt it's in use as anything other than decorative, esp as there's only one photo with a real bird. It's more "high fashion" than anything else.

I think it could be made as a practical design. You would have to use acrylic for the top for the weight, you would want a rectangular cage, perhaps a flight style cage and a 20g long aquarium but you would need a custom molded aquarium to allow that indented area for the bird to go up to "fish" level. You could in theory put a tank on top of a cage, but any fish tank needs substrate, so they wouldn't see the fish. Someone who is handy at it, or someone who makes custom aquariums (like the show Tanked) could probably make it work and be practical - custom mold the bottom of an acrylic aquarium to have an oval shaped indent with a perch attached in it for the bird to reach, then maybe hang a boing off the perch for the bird to climb up to it. Make it a shallow tank - probably betta fish would be best, because they don't need a huge tank, keep it shallow so it's not too heavy, and just put a small filter on it because bettas do best with minimal water flow. Put a few fake plants, some gravel, and voila. A shallow nano-reef would look AMAZING up there, but adding the live rock may be too heavy. But if you were going all out to make a custom cage like this, you would in theory have the money to custom build the bird cage, perhaps in stainless steel, strong enough to support the weight. You would probably want to put support bars under the tank, say where the substrate is, to support both the weight and provide places for you to hang toys. It could be done properly, if you have the money or materials! lol



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I think it was more for an art purpose But it's soooo cool!

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Yes, the design on this is impractical - you would have to put betta fish in the top because they don't need the filter. The round cage is not good for the birds. I thought the concept was more interesting than the overall design on this one. It's an art deco piece, she made a one off of each model. So I doubt it's in use as anything other than decorative, esp as there's only one photo with a real bird. It's more "high fashion" than anything else.

I think it could be made as a practical design. You would have to use acrylic for the top for the weight, you would want a rectangular cage, perhaps a flight style cage and a 20g long aquarium but you would need a custom molded aquarium to allow that indented area for the bird to go up to "fish" level. You could in theory put a tank on top of a cage, but any fish tank needs substrate, so they wouldn't see the fish. Someone who is handy at it, or someone who makes custom aquariums (like the show Tanked) could probably make it work and be practical - custom mold the bottom of an acrylic aquarium to have an oval shaped indent with a perch attached in it for the bird to reach, then maybe hang a boing off the perch for the bird to climb up to it. Make it a shallow tank - probably betta fish would be best, because they don't need a huge tank, keep it shallow so it's not too heavy, and just put a small filter on it because bettas do best with minimal water flow. Put a few fake plants, some gravel, and voila. A shallow nano-reef would look AMAZING up there, but adding the live rock may be too heavy. But if you were going all out to make a custom cage like this, you would in theory have the money to custom build the bird cage, perhaps in stainless steel, strong enough to support the weight. You would probably want to put support bars under the tank, say where the substrate is, to support both the weight and provide places for you to hang toys. It could be done properly, if you have the money or materials! lol
The other issue with having anything moving above the birds is they are prey animals, it will no doubt unsettle them to have something constantly moving around above them plus water can distort the look of things.

With fake animals I'm all for it just not real ones lol.
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