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Yo

I was just wondering, if using a fish tank as a reservoir would work,

No fish in the tank, just a big fish tank with distilled water, if so

How would you connect the pump to it and such

Would it have to have barbs on? Or could you simply just leave the tubes hanging in the water and it would pump round

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like so

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The tubes could just be hung into the tank. The huge air exposure though wouldn't be nice on the components. I'd say stick with just a cheap res, they're not expensive at all.
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However, if you sealed the fish tank, the volume of water would actually help keep things cooler because it would be much more difficult to heat up. (in theory you could passively water cool and get near room temps)
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Originally Posted by metroidfreak View Post
The tubes could just be hung into the tank. The huge air exposure though wouldn't be nice on the components. I'd say stick with just a cheap res, they're not expensive at all.
What do you mean by the huge air exposure on the components wouldnt be nice?
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post #6 of 23
You could just stick your whole computer in a tank of mineral oil.
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OOoo, watercooled PC with fish in the tank would be EPIC!!!!!
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Originally Posted by reedo View Post
However, if you sealed the fish tank, the volume of water would actually help keep things cooler because it would be much more difficult to heat up. (in theory you could passively water cool and get near room temps)
For an effective passively cooled rig I think you need like 5,000 Plus gallons. One guy ran his with an old 50,000 Ceptic tank and another did it with his pool and the pool pump.
    
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post #9 of 23
the exposure to open air would be a good spot for algae to form, dust to get in the water, and general mucking up of the loop, not to mention your coolant would become conductive quicker.

(also mineral oil is not actually that good at heat conduction will update with a link shortly)

link: http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...al-oil-vs.html
Edited by reedo - 1/9/11 at 10:05am
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I heard Carp OC quite well..
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