Saturday, December 02, 2006

iMac Aquarium


iMac Aquarium, originally uploaded by Wahj.

This is my first Macintosh computer, an iMac DV from the year 2001. I still have fond memories of it. A few years ago, it broke down – not irrepairably, but I had moved on to a second-hand Titanium Powerbook, and thence to my current iBook.

It's been sitting in the storeroom for a few years, and instead of throwing it out, my wife and I decided to make an aquarium out of it, as we'd seen reported many times on various websites (check this page out to see a host of iMac aquaria).

It's taken a few weeks – gutting the internal components, getting an acrylic tank custom-made to the internal dimensions, sealing the tank, and printing the taskbar, dock, icons and (if you look really carefully) the mouse cursor to decorate the screen, but the iMac aquarium is finally complete.

Now we just have to buy a fish ...

We're taking suggestions from anybody who has a better knowledge of piscean husbandry than we do. Bear in mind that the last fish we owned (5 guppies) died terribly (in a mixture of tragedy and farce: one committed suicide by jumping out of the tank, two died slowly of disease, and the last two mysteriously disappeared after we adopted our first cat. Patch won't talk about it of course, but she still gets that vaguely guilty look in her eye whenever we mention fish ...). Bear in mind also that whichever fish we buy will live in a house with 3 very, very inquisitive, determined, and intelligent cats (the good thing about the iMac aquarium is that the tank sits in the shell of the iMac, protected, in theory, from all intrusions).

So, any suggestions which fish(es) should go in the iMac-quarium?

6 comments:

said...

salt water or fresh? =)

wahj said...

Freshwater = )
The local aquarium shop (along Jalan Kayu) happens to specialise in marine tanks, and he advised against a saltwater aquarium for such a small tank.

tscd said...

I suggest Zebra or Leopard Danios which grow up to 5cm each, so you could get 3 or 4 for your tank. I've got them in my tank and they are the only fish who haven't died yet. They are fun to look at and they are really fiesty (which means they may tolerate cats a bit better). Plus, they don't seem to make much of a mess which means you may not have to change the water as often.

Anonymous said...

Neon Tetras are pretty. They're small and agile and would probably stay out of claw's reach... :) 33

Packrat said...

Tres tres cool!

I suggest guppies (cheap and expandable) as well as neon tetras as well...

Next game should be at your place so that we can check out the aquarium.

Anonymous said...

I love your iMac Aquarium. I have one myself but I didn't build it, I don't have the tools or time. I bought it from a guy who makes and sells them.

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