MGarito | Design | Mac Monitor Fish Tank
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Mac Monitor Fish Tank 02 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Mac Monitor Fish Tank 03 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Mac Monitor Fish Tank 04 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Mac Monitor Fish Tank 05 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Mac Monitor Fish Tank 06 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

Mac Monitor Tank viewed from the front

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July 2007

In keeping to my fascination with reusing and recycling items to give them both a new design and function, this fish tank is built from two Apple monitors. It seemed like an ideal way to give a new life to these aging monitors that was as unique to them, as they were to the world of computer monitors when they were originally developed. The tank holds approximately fourteen gallons though it has been my experience it is best kept at twelve gallons due to the tendency of fish attempting to jump out when the perforated covers are removed for cleaning.

Due to the curvaceous nature of the acrylic monitor shells, a standard filtration systems was not optional. As a result I built a filtration system that is submerged in the tank, hidden behind the central 'hide'. I did not want the aesthetic of the tank diminished by air tubes running over the side so they, along with the filter's power cord, and the tank's drainage tube are all discreetly ran out of the bottom and through the monitor stand.

The curvature of the tank in combination with the water, creates this unique effect of magnification when view from either end of the tank, where the curvature is at its most extreme. This effect can even make the fish appear to disappear, because when they swim out of the field of magnification they are no longer visible without moving to another vantage point.

Mac Monitor Fish Tank 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 02 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 03 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 04 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Mac Monitor Fish Tank 05 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com