DIY Betta Hammock: 2 Methods (Pictures With Steps)

diy betta hammock

A betta hammock is a small floating platform or leaf-like structure that is designed to provide a resting spot for betta fish in their aquariums. It also enhances the natural appearance of a betta tank.

Although betta hammocks are very cheap, a creative owner like you might want to create your own betta hammock for your gorgeous betta. I understand that.

That’s why, in this article, I am going to show you 2 methods for creating DIY betta hammock. One method will use a silk plastic leaf, another will use clay. You can choose whichever one your mind cherishes.

Also, don’t forget to email me and let me know how the project went! Do take some pictures of your DIY betta hammock and email them to me for featuring in this post!

DIY Betta Hammock (Method 1) – Using Cheap Silk Plastic Leaf

diy betta hammock Cheap Silk Plastic Leaf supplies
Supplies You’ll Need

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Two Cheap Plastic Leaf
  • One Suction Cup
  • A Glue Gun
  • Silicon Glue
Step 1: Sticking The Leaf Using The Glue Gun

Step 1: Sticking The Leaf Using The Glue Gun

Using the glue gun, stick the opposite sides of the leaf using the glue gun and silicon glue.

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Step 2 (Before Attaching Suction Cup)
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Step 2 (After Attaching Suction Cup)

Step 2: Attaching the stick leaf with the suction cup 

After sticking the two leaves together, let it stick very nicely first. Afterward, attach the final leaf with the suction cup.

Step 3

Step 3: The Final Setup (Leaf in Vertical Position)

Just like the wooden hard base, the suction will be attached to the side glass of the betta fish aquarium and will provide the resting place for betta fish. Betta fish like to snooze in their hammocks.

While a betta hammock might not resemble the hammocks that humans laze around in, it serves the same purpose: A betta hammock provides your betta with a safe spot to rest and relax. It’s no secret that bettas enjoy a good nap.

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DIY Betta Hammock (Method 2) – Using Clay

DIY betta hammock using clay Supplies
Supplies You Will Need

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • Suction Cup
  • Clay
  • Cutter Knife
  • Clay Tool
  • Acrylic Colors
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Step 1

Step 1: Knead the Clay Dough

Knead the dough with the knuckles on your fingers- stretch the dough, knead using the knuckles, then fold and knead again.

Keep doing this until your dough is smooth and pliable. Make a rough figure of the clay where each side’s thickness will be equal. You can use water to smoothen the clay if your dough has become air-dried.

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Step 2

Step 2: Cut the Dough in a Shape of a Leaf

Using the Cutter Knife, Cut the clay into a size of a leaf. You can take any kind of leaf references if you want.

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Step 3

Step 3: The Leaf Shape and the Petiole

After cutting the leaf shape, make a petiole using the rest of the clay. Petiole is mainly the stalk that joins a leaf to the stem.

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Step 4

Step 4: Attaching the Leaf with the Petiole

This time, just attach the petiole and the leaf together which will make it look like an actual leaf.

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Step 5

Step 5: Draw the Veins of the Leaf

Using the clay tool, draw the veins of the leaf. Veins mainly carry food/water throughout the leaf and act as a structure support in a real leaf. To give the proper look of a real leaf, veins need to be drawn.

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Step 6

Step 6: Let the Clay Leaf Dry & Cut the Petiole as per Need

Let the clay leaf dry for about 4-5 hours at room temperature. After drying, just cut the petiole as per need. It will look more or less look like the above picture. After air-dried the leaf will be hard.

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Step 7

Step 7: Color the Leaf

Afterward, using the two different shades of green color, paint the leaf which will give a more real leaf vibe and let it dry again.

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Step 8

Step 8:  Attaching the Leaf with the Suction Cup

Finally, attach the colored leaf to the suction cup which represents the perfect betta hammock of betta fish.

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Step 9 (Top View)
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Step 9 (Side view)

Step 9: The Final Setup

So, this is the final look of the betta hammock made of air-dried clay. The suction will be attached to the side glass of the betta fish aquarium and will provide the resting place for betta fish.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a betta hammock?

A betta hammock is a flat underwater leaf-like surface that sits in an aquarium and attaches to the glass with a suction cup. It is a piece of furniture that provides a cozy bed for betta fish to sleep or take a nap near the top of the tank.

The hammock typically consists of a suction cup that affixes to the side of the tank and a sling- or leaf-shaped piece of material for the fish to rest on. 

Why do you need a betta hammock?

A betta hammock is not a necessity for betta fish, but it can provide a comfortable resting place for them near the surface of the water.

Betta fish are labyrinth fish, which means they have an organ that allows them to breathe oxygen from the surface of the water.

Having a hammock near the surface of the water can give betta fish a place to rest and breathe easily.

It can also provide a place for betta fish to sleep or take a nap, especially if they prefer to rest on a surface rather than on the substrate or plants in the tank.

How high should a betta hammock be?

The height of a betta hammock depends on the preference of the betta fish and the water flow in the tank.

The general recommendation is to place the hammock near the surface of the water, where betta fish can easily access oxygen. The water flow in the tank can affect the height of the hammock, as strong currents may make it difficult for betta fish to rest on the hammock.

In general, a height of 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) below the water surface is a good starting point, but it may need to be adjusted based on the betta’s behavior and the tank’s water flow.

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