Well, I have started this thread over in the ideas section not too long ago, and I have started to take it a step further and actually starting on it. It is my senior project for my school. Basically I wanted to make a media center pc that looks very pleasing to the eye, when most people don't even know its there until they look hard enough. I decided I didn't want another silver or black box under my TV. So I figured a fish tank next to it would look nice, and the idea basically started from there.
I started with this 1st drawing.
Then decided I didn't need the LCD off the back because it would be hooked up to my TV. Doh, lol.
Once those were drawn out, I needed to make a shape on how this was going to be, so I started with bringing out 3D sketchup, and got to work. I pumped out this basic first 3D design.
After all of that, I needed to get the tank and start up the cycling of the aquarium. So I bought all of the necessary equipment to get this thing going, and got it up and running.
The tank when I first got it. It is a 26 gallon bow front.
With some stuff (heater, tubing, plants, and chemicals).
There isn't much in it right now other than fish and medicine. But if there was, it would be something like this (most recent picture before fish started getting sick).
Well, as most of you don't know, I need someone in the community to help me with this. Not meaning the area I live in, but just someone out there to help me through the process, and to help to challenge me more and puss my project to the limit but without going overboard. That person is called a community consultant. We have to go out of our ways as seniors and try to find someone willing to take a look at what we want to do, listen to how we think we are going to accomplish it, and give their input. Well I have chosen someone who's company has been on the front page, and he has gladly accepted taking me under his wing, and helping me throughout this whole ordeal. I don't know if any of you guys remember this article, but this guy blew me away when I saw what he did. Here is the article.
Since talking with him, and sharing ideas, my final render on this whole project is basically done. Just some few minor adjustments here and there for it to work. So the drawing board for the project is more than done, now I'm onto the real world part of making this happen. Here are the final renders.
And if you guys are wondering what that big cylinder is hanging off the side of what is supposed to be the "tank", is it an enclosed passive res that will have water from the fish tank flowing over it to keep the water cooling system cool. And if that isn't enough, there will also be a 120mm danger den black ice radiator used if need be. Here are some x-ray shots of the passive res enclosure.
On the longer tube that is going into the tank, there will be a pump that flows the water upward and into the top of the cylinder, and that water will then flow downwards over the fins of the passive res, and hopefully cool the coolant down effectively. I am really getting into this project. All comments and constructive criticism is wanted here. I am wanting as much help as I can get here. So guys, tell me what you all think.