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Aquarium Modcase

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the getting-the-machine-running dept.

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zeptic writes "How about an aquarium in your running computer? This casemod shows you how it's done. The cool pictures can be found on the same site page, and there is an English summary on the last page."

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Yummy Goldfish for dinner. (1)

lostindenver (53192) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690662)

Do they come in the pretty colors.

Re:Yummy Goldfish for dinner. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690968)

Feers norp Feers norp Feeersky Deersky do Feers norp neer Feers norp neer Feers norp! norp! norp!

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690663)

first

Better have a high-quality surge suppressor... (5, Funny)

AEton (654737) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690670)

Fishy go BZZZT!

Re:Better have a high-quality surge suppressor... (2, Insightful)

SubjunctiveSam (669606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690703)

Really, if it's not completely insulated, you're asking for dead fish. I've had lots of cases that had stray voltage in them, and I got quite a buzz just standing with barefeet on unfinished concrete in my old basement touching the cases.

Re:Better have a high-quality surge suppressor... (5, Funny)

alib001 (654044) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690929)

.

Oh no! Not dead plastic [thinkgeek.com] fish?

Seriously, did you really think the whole case was filled with water?

Re:Better have a high-quality surge suppressor... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690933)

You really should RTFA. The Aquarium is not a real aquarium. The fish are plastic.

This is cool BUT? (1)

dirtydiaper (697253) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690671)

This is really neat thing to do.. For all who do mod up there pc box they do look cool. BUT.. is it just a waste of money.. I guess it is depnding on how many people look at your computer.. i don't know i wanted to buy some PC light of Think Geek.. But no one looks at mine but me..

Re:This is cool BUT? (2, Insightful)

JeffTL (667728) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690748)

I say that as far as computers are concerned, I spend my money mon the inside. A high-end graphics card (and if you already have that, the full four gigs of RAM and if you already have that there's always room for more drives, more speakers, and a big LCD) is a better use of your money. With functional hardware you actually improve your performance.

Overclock your CPU and GPU... (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690673)

Overclock your CPU and GPU and get free fish soup! Just add carrots!

dun..dun..dun, oh another IIS bites the dust (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690674)


crushed and waiting for a mirror

Great... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690682)

This puts a whole new spin to Netscape's Amazing Fishcam. [netscape.com]

Re:Great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690750)

Yep, we can get the fish, in full animation with 100% realistic graphics without even having to go to netscape.com. And it doesn't even take up space on the screen.

Screen Saver Specialized Hardware: (0)

Erik_the_Awful (675368) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690763)

Yeah! Now we can have our screen saver and Applications running at the same time! WooHoo! And the Screen Saver won't take up any CPU cycles. Too bad we can have something other than fishies :>

Watch out for Power Surges... (1, Funny)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690683)

For some reason, I just have this image of something going wrong, with electric current flowing through the water and frying whatever fish are in the case...

On the plus side, it would be a quick and easy way to make dinner. George Foreman, eat your heart out...

Too bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690684)

...it's not really possible to make a "stable mod" where your case would host a stable with a mare inside :)
Maybe with some old glassfet computers, but not the small modern ones.

More living things in computer cases (5, Informative)

mr.henry (618818) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690686)

This guy put an ant farm in his case [techtv.com] .

Re:More living things in computer cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690802)

Actually that seems like a lot cooler idea than a fish tank. Just add neon and you'd have a really interesting mod. Less cleaning involved I imagine as well.

Re:More living things in computer cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690977)

I tried the ant farm case mod too, but it really didn't cool the CPU nearly as well as the fishtank mod.

overclock your fish! (1)

joeldg (518249) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690687)

woowoo That site is loading slow and getting /.ed but this picture ( http://www.hardware-test.dk/images/litteratur/th-2 013-14.jpg ) Is worth checking it out... That just looks *COOL* Though, I wonder about algae growth due to heat.

Re:overclock your fish! (4, Funny)

wpmegee (325603) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690709)

No, no you route your watercooling system to use the aquarium water. Keeps the fish warm and your processor cool (tropical fish like warm water). And you can get fish to eat the algae.

A P4 could... (5, Funny)

xanderwilson (662093) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690688)

boil a fish in twenty seconds.

Fill it with grease and you've got yourself fried flounder.

Say hello to the new dorm microwave.

Alex.

poor HTML pages (-1)

ClickWir (166927) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690693)

What is with their page? The popups for the pictures are either super small and can not be resized or is super huge and still needs to be resized.

And this is with IE and Konqueror.

I thought (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690696)

I thought someone actually put an aquarium in their case, instead of that cheesy ass storebought Lian-Li side panel.. That 3dhardware guy (the guy with the video reviews) did one of these a long time ago... for shame zeptic

Think Geek (5, Informative)

macragge (413964) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690700)

You can get the kit for this mod at Think Geek: http://www.thinkgeek.com/pcmods/cases/6151/

ThinkGeek is for tools and retards (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690836)

The day they fold and their awful banner ads vanish is the day the civilized world will rejoice. FUCK THINKGEEK and their OVERPRICED NERF GUNS and CAFFEINE PILLS! FUCK THEIR PATHETIC NICHE MARKET!

Re:ThinkGeek is for tools and retards (1)

gfody (514448) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690908)

how else is the oss community supposed to raise funds to pay their developers?

Toxic Parts Kill Fish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690702)

Well, this is a fast way to find out how toxic your computer components are.

Also keep in mind some while water does not conduct electricity (chlorine and other city additives do) some of the waste products produced by marine critters will short circuit your gear eventually.

This probably is a good idea for freshwater fish only. The salt from marine water will likely kill your gear.

Nice job to all. Haven't we all thought about trying this?!

Nothing to kill. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690755)

They are made of plastic.

Can't we just agree ... (1)

LordKaT (619540) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690708)

Can't we all just agree that every single interesting case mod has already been done to death and not post them to slashdot every time somone finds a copy of HTML for Dummies?

--LordKaT

FAKE FISH (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690710)

That's a fake plastic fish aquarium! Now show me a REAL one and it might be interesting...

Re:FAKE FISH (1)

oolon (43347) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690746)

That was exactly my thought, there was me hoping to see how they waterproofed the mother board then used the heat (with liquid cooling) to run a tropical aquarium. But it was just a flat panel fake fish tank oh well next!

James

Re:FAKE FISH (4, Informative)

Pompatus (642396) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690810)

I believe this [nobispro.com] is what you are looking for. I thought about doing it, but $700 is a bit much for a computer case, no matter how cool it is.

Very efficient! (3, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690711)

You know, if you used the aquarium as part of your cpu cooling system, you can have pre-cooked fish for every meal! Very efficient, cost-effective, and downright healthy!

Not real fish! (1)

sych (526355) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690714)

They're plastic fish! This is nothing new, you can buy these cases off the shelf.

Re:Not real fish! (1)

Anders (395) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690946)

They're plastic fish! This is nothing new, you can buy these cases off the shelf.

The article is in fact a review, not a show-off.

Better get some tropical fish (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690715)

Because they're going to have to like warm water.

Re:Better get some tropical fish (1)

Mooncaller (669824) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690951)

Most tropicals come from shady jungels. The average tempurature that tropicals like is 25C. There are quite a few exceptions, but in general most fishes in the Aquarium hobby should not be kept in water over 27C. Guppies are one fish that like it warm. Neon Tetras do not. Put them in 26C water and they will wilt.

faraday cage means nothing anymore ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690720)


I thought a PC case was a metal box to stop EM radiation/interference etc surely cutting huge holes in your case isnt going to do much other than piss off the local Taxi firm,ham radio,cb,baby alarms,ambulances,fire tenders,baby alarms,police oh and probably kill the fish.

why bother having interference laws and emission regulations egh ?

My new case mod! (2, Funny)

phzr (692768) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690731)

You wouldn't believe it. I'm going to turn my case into a hampster cage! That's right, wheel and all. Bernards water bottle will be hooked up to my water cooling system. It's going to be soo cool.

Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (5, Informative)

ithicine (692742) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690740)

Thinkgeek [thinkgeek.com] has been selling these very things for ages. Same case, same aquarium kit. Did he buy the thing from Thinkgeek? (apologies if it says in the article... my German is just a little rusty ;))

Re:Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690801)

Right, you german is rusty, but your danish is definately worse than your german ;-)

Re:Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (5, Funny)

Nodatadj (28279) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690890)

"my German is just a little rusty"

Its very rusty.
The article is in Danish for a start.

And hey, maybe it was just another one of those Thinkgeek product placements that seem to have been appearing on /. over the last few days.

Re:Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (1)

ithicine (692742) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690919)

"my German is just a little rusty"

Its very rusty.
The article is in Danish for a start.


So's my Danish

Re:Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (1)

Anders (395) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690910)

Did he buy the thing from Thinkgeek?

It says that it is a Lian Li PC-6010W which apparently by default includes the aquarium [lian-li.com] option.

Re:Thinkgeek has been making these for ages (2, Flamebait)

tmark (230091) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690998)

In other words, you mean this august website just linked to another website showing how some guy followed the instructions on how to put his case together ? Bwahahahaha. This place kills me. What's next ? An article in Finnish showing some guy installing a CD-ROM ?

Running? (4, Interesting)

Bobman1235 (191138) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690745)

From the pics it doesn't look like this "computer" has any computer components in it. Like, drives, a motherboard... anything? He mentions having a hard drive mounted on the bottom, and I see that picture, but other than that... Is this a case mod or a fish tank in a computer case? I'm not very impressed by the latter.

I suppose this could be better explained if I could read German.

Re:Running? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690817)

Danish! Even the .dk domain could have told you that - besides, Danes have cute plastic fish, the Germans would have been electrocuting fish just for the fun of it.

Slashdot == ThinkGeek (1)

msheppard (150231) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690773)

This product is available from thinkgeek.com - a company owned by the same company that owns slashdot I believe.

Excellent product, I thought of buying it. Might still, my daughter's clunker is boring as anything.

But should slashdot be pushing product like this?

M@

Re:Slashdot == ThinkGeek (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690928)

Seeing they didnt actually link to thinkgeek or even mention them, i dont think they're trying to push the product.

Remember, slashdot editors dont even read their own site so im sure they dont check out thinkgeek or the thinkgeek slashbox

i was gonna get 1st post with a link to thinkgeek but i started looking for pr0n while i waited for the story to go live then when i came back it was live for a few mins and someone beat me, argh damn porn

What I would Actually like to see. (5, Interesting)

SubjunctiveSam (669606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690776)

Yawn.

Here's an idea for a casemod that would actually impress me:

Get some expensive pure water, some with NO corrosive dissolved oxygen, and completely electrically neutral, meaning no OH- and H+ ions. I realize that water is self-ionizing, so the removal of these ions might need to be continuous.

Unpack, assemble, and run your awesome computer in a container full of this stuff.

I don't care how expensive or chemically unfeasible that would be, but that would actually be impressive. I've heard of computers running submerged in vegetable oil before, since vegetable oil is made of large covalent molecules, but I don't care. I want an underwater computer.

Re:What I would Actually like to see. (2, Funny)

dirtydiaper (697253) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690823)

Or I just dare someone tostart playing quake on a laptop and then jump into a pool... Make sure another one of your dumb friends are taping and then come back to /. and give us the url.. I bet you will run with a better fps rate :D

Re:What I would Actually like to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690834)

There are always OH- and H+ ions in liquid water.

Re:What I would Actually like to see. (1)

SubjunctiveSam (669606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690944)

Wouldn't it be like, 3.32 X 10^-8 parts per billion though? I'm no good at chem, so please correct me. Do you really mean to say that there is no chemical way to continuously remove H+ and OH- ions from water? Would the natural desolved ions in water even be able to carry enough current to disrupt computer operations?

Re:What I would Actually like to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690835)

Dude... it's called H20, meaning 1 OH- and 1 H+ together. Are you a fucking dumbass or just trolling?

On boring nights....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690789)

Now I'm going to stare at my case rather than my fishy screen saver.

Yeah, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690798)


The pages aren't in English, so who in the world is going to read them?

ooh - fishies in coolant? (1)

holt_rpi (454352) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690804)

What if you combined this with another project [slashdot.org] ?

I suppose all of that Fluorinert [3m.com] probably wouldn't be too good for the fishies, though.

Hypothetically, could oxygen even be dissolved in Fluorinert? (I'm thinking not as it's probably a nonpolar fluid, but whatever)...

Re:ooh - fishies in coolant? (1)

SubjunctiveSam (669606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690855)

I didn't think that dissolution of air in liquids was a phenomenon involving chemical reactions, but one involving physical reactions, rather. I've only had high school chemistry, so I would appreciate someone either confirming or correcting me.

Haven't read the article but that won't stop me. (1, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690818)

"How about an aquarium in your running computer?"

How about not?

New & Inventive Cruelty...Whee! (0)

webwalker (15831) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690822)

Note: site is /.ed so claims of plastic fish are questionably.

Before the heat question, did any fool consider what the hell being that close to that much EM is going to do to the fish? All fish use (to a greater or lesser degree) a lateral line system (a series of sensors embedded in their scales running horizontally along their bodies) which uses EM fields for navigation. Fish like The Clown Knife and the Elephant Fish are nocturnal hunters and use their LLS exclusively.

This idea is about as cruel and stupid as trapping your average socially crippled geek in a cage with the Sunday potluck crowd. How would you feel after the first hour? The second day? The third week?

What cruel and thoughtless stupidity will the human race come up with next?

Awesome (1)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690828)

That is the most killer case mod I have ever seen. If you are going to take the time to mod your case, you might as well make a it a real product of artistic and creative expression and go all out like this.

not exactly seaworld... (2, Funny)

tkittel (619119) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690832)

From the site:

"Sa plumpes de i akvariet, og en god ide er at lade 3 af fiskene svomme den ene vej og 3 de 3 sidste den anden vej, idet de ikke kan vende sig rundt, nar de er kommet i."

Which translates roughly into (its danish):

"Next they are put into the aquarium, and it is a good idea to let 3 of the fish swim one way and the last 3 the other way, since they can't turn after they are put in."

Isn't that slightly cruel?

Re:not exactly seaworld... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690852)

Yes, how cruel! Poor plastic fish!

Squishy fish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690988)

The aquarium is less than an inch thick!

This is nothing more than... (2, Informative)

MoTec (23112) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690838)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/pcmods/cases/6169/

It's a Lian-Li case with a window with fake fish. Nothing too exciting, here...

This is nothing more than...Hologram. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690974)

"It's a Lian-Li case with a window with fake fish. Nothing too exciting, here..."

How about a large hologram of the inside of a computer. Or someone could take a fluorescent nonconductive ink, and outline all the traces on their MB, then hit it with UV (kind of a TRON look).

Or a laser light show controlled by the PC. Shining (from inside the case) onto a frosted window. Maybe even display the stats.

Or maybe utilize all that heat to make a lava lamp in the case. Or maybe make a small kinetic sculpture that's heat-sensitive.

Or maybe going with an "engine" motif. The MB is enclosed in a metal shell (which doubles as a faraday cage), with water hoses translucent (look a bit like those round IDE cables), or maybe stainless-steel leaving going to the radiater (looking like an aluminum car radiator). All this mounted in an acrylic case.

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690862)

You can buy this kind of cases at least from Barcelona (from about every shop in c/ Sepulveda).

Mod? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6690896)

I don't see the point in this article. This is a German review of a Lian-Li case (yes, the case includes an aquarium). There is no modding involved, it's all stock hardware.

Not Exactly an Aquarium (4, Insightful)

Mooncaller (669824) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690907)

I would'nt call a clear hollow panel filled with toys and water an aquarium. Note, if anyone gets the idea to do something like this with real fish, be sure to use a titanium anode to pull the water to ground potential. Transient currents can play havoc with some fishes. Guppies probably would work best. They are pretty immune to current transients and can tollerate temps up to 35C. Guppies are also not bothered too much by light coming in at strange angels. One more point, concidering the small surface area, one will need to turn the water over at least 5 times/hour.

Re:Not Exactly an Aquarium (1)

tmark (230091) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690982)

They are pretty immune to current transients and can tollerate temps up to 35C.

That's not going to help you much if you own an Athlon like I do *rimshot*. But you're quite right, it's not nearly an aquarium, and there is more than one case maker out there selling this stuff. *Why* you would want to do this, however, is completely beyond me.

how about this (1)

W32.Klez.A (656478) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690916)

spray-painted [derekarnold.net] a motherboard, and had some fun running it underwater, going to try some other shit soon... We were talking about using clear spraypaint next time. We also talked about making a fishtank, but as people we don't really give a shit about fish, so we'll just get cheap goldfish whenever we want to show it off.

Finally, a solution... (3, Funny)

Osrin (599427) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690923)

... that will stop the cat from walking on my keyboard. If I can keep him transfixed on the fish he won't bother me.

LinuxWorld (1)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690942)

Saw this at the Nvidia(?) booth at LinuxWorld last week (Moscone Center, San Francisco). Funny.. more interesting than the droid I spent 10 seconds talking to...

geek mods (1)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690958)

Now I consider myself a serious geek, and I seldom ask "Why?", but in this case (pun intended) I think this is truly a purposeless and possibly dangerous mod.

What's next? The urinal case mod?

That's nothing (4, Funny)

feagle814 (640886) | more than 10 years ago | (#6690965)

That's nothing - my friend at college uses the heat in his computer to grow psychedelic mushrooms.

He was going to put a website up about it, but then he got high...
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