Thought I would share this with you guys, I thought it was pretty neat hehe
|It's a sad fact of life: PCs get old, become obsolete, and you have to buy a new one. Instead of throwing your old one away, turn it into a snazzy aquarium fit for a geek with this guide from DIY web site Instructables.|
There are a lot of materials involved in this one, but you can go as big or small as you want with it as wellâ€"you don't have to have every piece listed. The bare essentialls are a KraftyBlok from Hobby Lobby, as well as a drill, some wood, a saw to cut it with, some paint to make it look all pretty, and any aquarium fixings you want (such as colorful rocks). Optionally, you can also add things like a feeding tube, air pump, and a light for the inside. The feeding tube is merely for convenience, since it's easy to get to the tank any time you want, and the air pump may not be needed depending on what type of fish you have (some people like to use air pumps in Betta tanks, but they are not necessary since Bettas generally live in stagnant watersâ€"you will have to clean the tank a bit more often, but again, it's easy to get to). If you want to go really big, this instructable even explains how to build it so that the PC still works, and that some of the electronics are powered by the PC's power supply.
"But Lifehacker," I can already hear some of you exclaiming, "Putting all that electricity near a tank of water sounds super dangerous." You'd be rightâ€"100 volts of electricity and a tank full of water aren't exactly a match made in heaven. If you want to go for it, you'll need a lot more experience, materials, and guts, and we recommend you follow all of his instructions closely and read all the associated warnings. However, as far as the actual aquarium is concerned, none of the electronics are at all necessaryâ€"sure, the old motherboard you probably won't use still looks cool in there, but you can go ahead and take the power supply out and still have a fully functioning aquarium. Even if you did want a pump and a light inside, you could easily do it the way you would with any other fish tank and just plug it directly into the wall, thus keeping all exposed wires and sockets away from the water and your beloved fish friend. So, while this is certainly an interesting thing to see, your version doesn't need to be nearly as dangerous or as complicatedâ€"and your fish will probably thank you. Hit the link for the full instructable.