MGarito | Design | G5 Fish Tank
In keeping to my fascination with reusing and recycling things to fulfill a new design and function, this fish tank built from a Apple G5 desktop seemed like an ideal way to give a new life to a dead machine. The tank is completely enclosed within the computer's shell and holds five gallons.
The tank is constructed from 1/4" thick clear acrylic, with additional layering of acrylic in the corners. The water filter is one of the smallest available, which uses the flow of air from the air pump to move the water through the filter. The air pump is discreetly located where the power supply normally would be in a small plenum below the tank. Inside the tank there is additional acrylic which the gravel rest on to create the slight slope below the ship. This allows for less water volume lost to gravel.
The apple in the background of the tank is actually the rear side of the computer shell. After cutting through the 1/8" thick aluminum door to create the window. I used the apple logo from the door panel to create a mask which I then applied to the interior side of the rear wall. I considered positioning the apple so that it appeared to be in the same place that is originally was, but then it would have been mostly hidden, so I chose to offset it to the left.
To make cleaning the tank a bit easier, I added a small drainage tube with brass valve to the tank. When the door is removed the tube can be pulled out and opened, allowing gravity to drain the tank as necessary.