Saturday, April 3, 2010

Apple iMac turned into an aquarium

Turn computer into Aquarium
An iMacquarium is an Apple G3 iMac which has been turned into an aquarium.

This is a fun and challenging project for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. This is not a full set of instructions, but a brief guideline to follow when building one. Pre-built iMacquariums are available at www.jakeharms.com

To build an iMacquarium you need an iMac, preferably one which is on it's way to the junkyard. A good place to find one would be at your local electronic recyclers. The CRT monitor inside the iMac may hold an electronic charge! MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE CRT MONITOR DISCHARGED BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL! There is a risk of serious injury or death if the electronic charge passes through your body.

Once the CRT has been discharged it is safe to disassemble the Mac. Further instructions for disassembly can be found online. When the iMac is fully disassembled you can then design your own tank, lighting, and filtration.

It is best to use acrylic vs. glass to construct the tank. Use the correct glue for the joints and be sure to seal them with a bead of aquarium silicon. Design your tank to fit inside the case of the iMac. The case will need to be modified so you can open it for feeding fish and cleaning the tank.

The light should not produce as little heat as possible as not to overheat the water your fish will be in. Use an aquarium thermometer to monitor water temperature. Be sure all components of the lighting system are protected from any water contact!

An in-tank filter will help keep your tank clean for longer periods of time. Again make sure all electrical components are protected from water contact.

Some fish such as goldfish need a bigger volume of water to stay healthy. Talk to an aquatics specialist to determine which fish will live happily in your tank.

It will take a lot of work, experimenting, and time, but when you are finished you will have a one of a kind aquarium and a great conversation piece.


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