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Old 05-20-2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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My DIY iMac Planted Aquarium

Well today I started my iMac aquarium, this will be a piece for my office so I thought a computer would fit best.

There is a lot more room in the case then I had thought, should be good for a nice 5g tank. Here are a few pics to start off, Ill be taking more measurements and ordering the acrylic today.

P.S. I have NEVER done a FW tank, I have always had SW, so any tips would be appreciated.

Edit: Could someone please move this to the DIY section?
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Old 05-21-2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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Interesting .........cant wait to see how this progresses.
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Old 05-21-2006, 01:27 PM   #3
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*Thread moved to DIY as requested*

That will be interesting. Do you have a particular theme in mind?
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No particular theme in mind, any ideas? I do want plants for sure.
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Old 05-21-2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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The size of the tank will limit your fish stocking options. I'd consider doing a psuedo SA biotope, with a small South Pacific flavor. A few cardinal tetras, a bristlenose (or other dwarf pleco) will probably do ok.

As for plants, java ferns, java moss and probably a compact sword.
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You've probably thought this out already, but using the leg in the back with some supports to make the shell more upright should help with keeping the water line above the screen top but not so pressed against the shell's curvature. Perhaps a main tank near the front of the shell with a sump area in the back, so you use the curve to your advantage while hiding filtration and heaters? Like a nano cube. Ultrabright LEDs in the ventholes and apple logo at the top of the case might be the most elegant solution for lighting.

I have an old Bondi Blue iMac running Debian as a terminal and streaming client in the garage, and also find it otherwise useless: will be tracking this with interest!
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Mine was also a debian server ( IRCd ). But has since been replaced.

Here is the site I got the idea from. There is plenty of room inside there. I plan on having an airpump, co2 reactor all back there. I plan on wiring the light switch to the mouse as well.

http://imacquarium.cool-mac.com/index.html
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Thanks for the link. Mouse as a light switch is extra cool.
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last week, i pulled apart a blue imac to do a nano SW tank. i havent put any work into it since, but ill be keeping an eye on yours in the meantime.

good luck.

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You know, if you have the CPU chasis, you could put gut it and put shelves in it and use it to store your food and equipment.
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