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Yes, this could work, but it would require an ENORMOUS aquarium, much larger than those shown, and it would also require fans over the aquarium (gets rid of that whole idea of no fans), and you would need to replace water frequently due to evaporation or add in an auto-topoff system, which would be expensive and still use a ton of water.

I know a lot about aquariums, and using one as an evaporative cooler requires a ton of evaporation that won't be had in a normal size aquarium without lots of fans and surface disruption. If you want to more effectively/efficiently use evaporative cooling, look into bong coolers. They're actually an interesting and effective evaporative cooling solution.
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I wonder if hooking up my 55 gallon fish tank would keep the water nice and warm at 80f.... Then I could throw away the heater!!!
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I wonder if hooking up my 55 gallon fish tank would keep the water nice and warm at 80f.... Then I could throw away the heater!!!
You don't really need 55 gallon water
I believe 20 gallon is more than enough for a typical i7+GTX580 system
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Man, I was actually thinking the other day if it could be possible to have an aquarium as a res. I've always wanted a fish tank lol. I don't imagine it's really possible, though.

But, I'd love to see if someone came up with something.
    
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Yes, this could work, but it would require an ENORMOUS aquarium, much larger than those shown, and it would also require fans over the aquarium (gets rid of that whole idea of no fans), and you would need to replace water frequently due to evaporation or add in an auto-topoff system, which would be expensive and still use a ton of water.

I know a lot about aquariums, and using one as an evaporative cooler requires a ton of evaporation that won't be had in a normal size aquarium without lots of fans and surface disruption. If you want to more effectively/efficiently use evaporative cooling, look into bong coolers. They're actually an interesting and effective evaporative cooling solution.
Why does the water has to be evaporated?
This is exactly like the water in the reservoir. The reservoir is sealed up.
No evaporation can happen.
post #16 of 57
People will be going the huge passive rad route before going with aquariums. Open systems are prone to too many problems. An aquarium is NOT sealed.

Find yourself a heater core or a decent sized AC condenser from a car and run that instead. Some dude on Hardware Canucks did that I believe, worked quite well.
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Man, I was actually thinking the other day if it could be possible to have an aquarium as a res. I've always wanted a fish tank lol. I don't imagine it's really possible, though.

But, I'd love to see if someone came up with something.
I am planning to buy a 50L aquarium this weekend.
I'll post what I will get.
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You don't really need 55 gallon water
I believe 20 gallon is more than enough for a typical i7+GTX580 system
There's no way in heck that a 20 gallon tank will hold the temps of a system like that unless you left the tank outside with fans blowing on it and it was COLD outside.

A 20 gallon fish tank isn't recommended to have more than maybe a 20-30w heater, of which during normal operation the heater rarely comes on. If your room is in the 60s, it may flip on every 20-30 minutes for 10-15 minutes at a time. That system should give off around 300+ watts of power at full blast, which will heat the water tremendously quickly for that small of a volume. For what it's worth, it probably won't heat it to the boiling point, but whatever it is the delta T will be HUGE (15c, 20c? who knows?).

Unless you've got a good understanding of thermodynamics, I'd say this is a terrible idea and is bound for failure.
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Here you go OP this is right up your alley


http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php
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Screw an Aquarium, Im going to hook my pump into the Atlantic Ocean!!!!!!!
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