Part I: Basic Hacks, Tools, and Techniques
8. Test the aquarium
Before adding fish and a water pump, you will need to
ensure that the tank is water-tight. Take the tank to your
sink and fill it up with tap water, watching for leaks. If
you see any, note their locations with a marker. Dry out
the areas in question for 30 minutes and then add more
solvent. Retest after you’ve fixed the leak.
If there are no leaks, install the filter plate and add gravel
to the bottom of the tank. Install an air pump and fill
the tank with water. Treat the water according to the
directions on the treatment package. Add fish and enjoy your creation! You
should have something that looks like Figure 2-69.
Upon first seeing your new fish tank, most people will probably do a double
take. They might even comment, “I don’t recall the Mac SE having a color
Clean and maintain the tank just like a regular fish tank. And don’t forget
to feed your screensaver!
• In this hack we concentrated on the Macintosh, but it is quite simple
to use the same techniques to modify an old monitor. You will need to
figure out for yourself how to take apart the case. Please be very careful
when handling the electronics and the tube inside the monitor. Follow
the same precautions as were described for discharging the Mac’s pic-
You will have to design your own Plexiglas enclosure following the same
methods outlined in this hack. Get a little extra acrylic plastic to prac-
tice with before starting on the final project.
These tanks can be quite striking when complete. Figure 2-70 shows a
tank that fits inside a large monitor case.
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