Computer monitor tank

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  1. Barrymore

    Barrymore

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    I made this tank out of the casing of a small PC monitor.

    TV tank.jpg
     
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  3. Algae Wizard

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    Very cool,now the boss won't mind when you tell him that you were working on
    the computer all night.
     
  4. Rory

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    Very cool. Did you just use a ton of silicone to seal it or how did you manage that?
     
  5. dougbb

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    super cool, what resources did you use for your design?
     
  6. SauRoN

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    Hmm, this is much like my Xbox360 Betta tank idea.

    Very cool!
     
  7. Reafer

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    Step
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    Disassemble the monitor. Remove the monitor's face and guts. Do most of this with a screwdriver. Keep the mounting screws when removing the ray tube. The ray tube is the part of the monitor that is attached to the glass.

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    Remove the ray tube from the glass at the front of the monitor. Clean both sides of the glass and reattach it to the face of the monitor. Use duct tape or insulation around the glass to seal it.

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    Measure the inside of the monitor. This gives you the dimensions of the plastic sheeting you need to create the actual tank.

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    Cut the plastic sheeting to fit the bottom, back and sides of the tank. The easiest way to cut it is with a rotary tool. Remember to account for the curve in the front of the monitor. The front of the monitor makes the fourth side of the tank.

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    Form the tank with the plastic sheeting. Use the duct tape to temporarily hold the tank together. Use the two-way epoxy to hold together the three sides and bottom of the tank.

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    Allow the epoxy to dry. Add paint to the back of the tank if desired.

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    Cut an access panel in the top of the monitor. Most monitors have a half circle in the very top. Cut out the half circle carefully so the front still slides on while access to the tank is made easy.

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    Place the sides and bottom of the plastic sheeting onto the front plate. Apply the two-way epoxy. Allow it to dry. Apply silicone caulk around the edges. The silicone caulk needs to be applied to any gaps in order to seal the tank.

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    Fill the tank with water once the glue and epoxy are dry. Check for any leaks. If any leaks occur, dry the area completely and fill the area with bathroom-grade silicone caulk.

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    Add the lighting. Run the wire from the light and through the power socket in the back of the monitor. Duct tape it up the side of the monitor to the very top. Run the filter wire through the same hole and attach it in the same way.

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    Place the tank into the monitor. Attach it to the front plate. Spray the expanding insulation foam into the power cord holes in the back of the monitor's frame to hold the wires in place and to prevent leakage.

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    Attach the filter and fill the tank with water. Attach the light and allow the water to heat up before adding the fish.

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    there is alot out there on doing this this is just from 2 sites

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2093065_turn-computer-monitor-fish-tank.html

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-Your-Old-CRT-Computer-Moniter-Into-A-Fish-Tan/
     
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  8. Sean J

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    Damn, that's a great idea!! Can we see the top of the tank?
     
  9. johan008

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    now thats cool sounds like hard work but still rewarding if you can actually get it to work and not end up having it look like a water fountain with water leaking everywhere

    Great job
     
  10. corylyle1

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    looks really cool. Please could we get some pics of the top?
     
  11. slayer

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    that a neat tank, too much of work into it for me, but all together brillient
     
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    Barrymore

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    I made mine with glass, having first made a cardboard cut out to fit inside casing.
    It is easy to adjust the cardboard sides to suit rather than the glass.
    The top is simply a section of the air vents that can be removed for tank access.
    Corylyle- A pic of the top is not necessary, as the top view is the same as any
    TV monitor's top i.e the entire tank is inside the casing.
    The monitor on/off button is now the light switch.
     
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  13. Gareth

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    It looks really good I might try that some day
     

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