The Enhanced MacQuarium

The finished product, complete with fish!

A close-up, showing the photo of the circuit board as a backdrop.

The photos were scanned, then printed on transparencies with a Tektronix Phaser 340 printer (it's got waterproof ink!). They were then spray-painted white on the back, and taped to the sides of the tank. Only after it was filled with water did I find that the sides are not visible due to refraction.

That's the stick-on thermometer, visible through the floppy drive slot.

The circuit board holding the power switch and power cord socket was cut to allow room for the tank. The piece was wired to the light and pump, and then mounted to the side (see the long screws I used to secure it to the case?). Note the standard connectors at the bottom of the picture, attached with the circuit board's original mounting bracket. This allowed the mouse to be plugged in, and looked really cool from the outside.

This is the same piece, showing the positive and neutral through holes used for wiring.

The other side of the circuit board. Note the two jumpers, which allowd the switch to control the light without affecting the pump.

And best of all, there's fish food inside the mouse! I gutted the mouse, then cut a piece of plastic so that it fit inside the mouse "door". I used the same silicone to hold the plastic in as for the glass tank itself. Pour the food into the mouse and bingo! You've got a fish food storage container!

Not shown:

The pump sits underneath the wooden platform that the tank sits on. From the outside, only the Mac's original power cord is visible (no "aquarium" stuff, except that big ol' light on top).

Here are the Original MacQuarium instructions. I've had a lot of fun putting this thing together. If you've found my enhancements interesting, have built your own MacQuarium, or have anything at all to say, I'd love to hear about it! E-mail me.

Why I gave it away:

It was a Xmas present for my brother, who's been wanting to make one for a long time but never got around to it.