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Ron99
06-15-2009, 01:50 AM
I'm getting a slow start but better late then never :biggrin:

Here is the "cabinet" for my tank:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReefCase.jpg

And the left over "guts" that used to inhabit it:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReefCaseGuts.jpg

And the cardboard mockup for the tank:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Mockup.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Mockup2.jpg

I'm just waiting for my acrylic to be cut and mostly assembled. More to come soon I hope...

christyf5
06-15-2009, 02:44 AM
:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: I can't wait to see this build. Love the idea!!! :biggrin:

BlueAbyss
06-15-2009, 05:53 AM
I remember seeing something like this years ago. Awesome idea to use an iMac!

VFX
06-15-2009, 06:01 AM
I love these!

A buddy of mine had a while back.

He got it as a kit from this (http://macaquarium.com/deluxeeyemacaquarium.aspx) place.

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banditpowdercoat
06-15-2009, 07:00 AM
NICE, wana see more

belzebuth
06-15-2009, 07:33 AM
Great Idea...Love it

Snaz
06-15-2009, 12:59 PM
Rust?

JDigital
06-15-2009, 06:03 PM
I love it!! :mrgreen: You've got my vote unless someone builds one inside a new iMac... :lol:

Myka
06-15-2009, 06:04 PM
VERY cool idea!!! Can't wait to see it built!

Ron99
06-15-2009, 06:40 PM
Rust?

I was contemplating that. the only metal is that base the motherboard used to sit on. The rest is plastic. I may try to paint the metal base with some rustoleum of something as it is a perfect base for the tank.

Ron99
06-15-2009, 06:42 PM
I love it!! :mrgreen: You've got my vote unless someone builds one inside a new iMac... :lol:

That I would like to see :lol: May be good for some Pipefish!

sharuq1
06-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Very innovative, can't wait to see how this turns out.

Ron99
07-16-2009, 07:28 AM
OKay, it's been a crazy busy month and a half but I am just squeaking in under the wire. Slight progress but still some sorting of the "cabinet" to do. Here's the update:

The tank was completed but I messed up my measurements/drawings a bit so the front panel did not fit properly. Had to kludge it a bit with some extra acrylic. it's not pretty on the side but it works and it won't be visible when all is said and done.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Tank1.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Tank2.jpg

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Tank3.jpg

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Tank4.jpg

I also decided to make a rock wall for the back. it's made by siliconing rock to a sheet of that plastic mesh used for needlepoint:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/RockWall1.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/RockWall2.jpg

Then the spaces are filled with insulating foam:

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/RockWall3.jpg

and finally the foam is coated with epoxy resin and covered with sand:

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/RockWall4188.jpg

And here it is in the tank:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Tank5.jpg

Ron99
07-16-2009, 07:33 AM
Next up was working on my LED lighting. I am still waiting on my Cree emitters to arrive but I had some cheapo chinese white emitters so they will do temporarily. I'll build a second array and swap in the mix of blue and white Crees when they arrive. Here are the various parts and the little parts box heatsink I drilled and tapped:

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/LED1.jpg

And the completed array powered up:

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/LED2.jpg

And finally the tank filled with water, sand and some rock (which has been in my frag tank and was in my 10 gallon nano before that):

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Full1.jpg

I will endeavor to keep the updates more frequent and regular from now on.

lastlight
07-16-2009, 07:36 AM
Awesome work so far! Only trouble is you're going to get used to having such a sexy caninet. When the time comes to upgrade your next logical step up is to gut a cinema hd display and that's going to set you back some!

Ron99
07-16-2009, 04:16 PM
Awesome work so far! Only trouble is you're going to get used to having such a sexy caninet. When the time comes to upgrade your next logical step up is to gut a cinema hd display and that's going to set you back some!

Thanks. I think maybe you mean the old Studio Display? I think the Cinema HD is an LCD monitor and that would mean a very thin tank :heh:

Here's a shot from this morning now that the sand dust has cleared. Man those LEDs shimmer alot. I'll have to see if I can get some video.

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Full12.jpg

Snaz
07-16-2009, 06:21 PM
Computer shell, custom LEDs, DIY back wall. This tank is going to be AWESOME!

RCFA
07-16-2009, 06:57 PM
This is looking great! Can't wait to see more!

icecool217
07-21-2009, 10:48 PM
oh wow Ron. That's awesome. Lots of creativity and DIY. I assume that powering on the MAC would turn on the lights of the aquarium? ;)

scherzo
07-21-2009, 10:54 PM
Good thing the tank is in a Mac.. if it was in a windows box you'd always have a

tank crash! ;)

plutoniumJoe
07-21-2009, 11:01 PM
Now now Jeff, lets not get political.

Good thing the tank is in a Mac.. if it was in a windows box you'd always have a

tank crash! ;)

Ron99
07-21-2009, 11:12 PM
Good thing the tank is in a Mac.. if it was in a windows box you'd always have a

tank crash! ;)

Either that or you would look in the tank and see nothing but a wall of blue :lol:

Snaz
07-21-2009, 11:14 PM
oh wow Ron. That's awesome. Lots of creativity and DIY. I assume that powering on the MAC would turn on the lights of the aquarium? ;)

What would also be nifty is if pressing the on button would play the old school MAC boot sound. There are greeting cards you can buy now that contain onboard chips that let you record a short personal greeting that plays when the card is opened. I smell a hack!

Ron99
07-22-2009, 01:06 AM
What would also be nifty is if pressing the on button would play the old school MAC boot sound. There are greeting cards you can buy now that contain onboard chips that let you record a short personal greeting that plays when the card is opened. I smell a hack!

I just might have to use that one :biggrin:

Myka
07-22-2009, 02:42 AM
Really enjoying this build. I love the originality.

Ron99
07-23-2009, 07:15 AM
Thanks everyone. My Cree emitters just arrived so I will try to get the final lighting up and running tomorrow.

subman
07-23-2009, 07:31 AM
I love the idea can't wait to see it with the new LED's!

BlueAbyss
07-23-2009, 08:08 AM
I love a good LED build :biggrin:

Ron99
07-23-2009, 04:30 PM
Here's the completed LED array. Made with 2 scrap yard CPU heatskinks, 2 Cree XRE white LEDs, 4 Cree XRE Royal Blue LEDs, some scrap acylic for splash shields and a few nylon and stainless screws. The heatsinks were drilled and tapped and the LEDs are held on by the non conducting nylon screws.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/CreeArray1.jpg

Total cost of the lighting was 6 LEDs at USD $5.25 each, probably about $1.00 for the heatsinks, USD $20 for the buckpuck driver and $18.90 for the 24v wall wart. Oh yeah, 24 screws at about $0.07c each. Grand total is about $78.

And here they are fired up:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/CreeArray12.jpg

It's fairly blue with this mix of LEDs. Probably close to 18,000K or 20,000K.

I'll get a shot on the tank later when my daughter drags her butt out of bed as the tank is in her room right now :smile:

Ron99
07-23-2009, 09:34 PM
Here's a shot of the tank with the new lighting. It looks more blue/purple in the picture than in person. I will have to try to figure out the white balance for LEDs:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/FullTankShot1.jpg

BlueAbyss
07-23-2009, 09:58 PM
Are you planning on adding a fan to cool the heatsinks?

bignose
07-24-2009, 01:26 AM
How do you access the top of the tank when it is inside the computer case?
Are you planning for a access panel on top?

Ron99
07-24-2009, 05:14 PM
How do you access the top of the tank when it is inside the computer case?
Are you planning for a access panel on top?

The entire top of the case will be removable. But the front bezel overlaps the top in front so I am engineering something for that.

Are you planning on adding a fan to cool the heatsinks?

Shouldn't be necessary as I am only driving the LEDs at 350mA (the blues are rated up to 700mA and the whites up to 1000mA). I lose a little in light output but they run far cooler. The loss in lumens is not a problem in this small tank. The heat sinks get warm to the touch but not hot. I will probably run one fan in the case just to draw warm air out when everything is closed up.

BlueAbyss
07-24-2009, 07:46 PM
Ah, I see. I understand the Cree XR-Es are still quite bright at 350mA, you should have plenty of PAR yet. They will outlast the tank itself, too :biggrin:

christyf5
08-16-2009, 04:48 AM
FTS due!! :biggrin:

Ron99
08-16-2009, 05:16 AM
Slow progress but here it is.

Got the tank in it's cabinet now :-)

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef6.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef5.jpg

The back of the case and front bezel come off for access to the tank.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef11.jpg

Here you can see the rear chambers with heater, ATO and Minijet 606 return pump.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef2.jpg

And I cut and hinged the top of the front part of the frame for access into the tank itself.

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef3.jpg

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef4.jpg

I added a bit more rock and a couple of frags. one small piece of tree coral that came off a larger one I had and a few zoa frags. I had two snails but they died. I think maybe something was leaching out of the rock wall as the pH was a bit low and the frags all closed up but two 100% water changes later the corals seem happier. I want to get it stable and make sure the coral frags and snails are happy before I go with any other type of livestock.

Anyhow, here is a shot into the tank.

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/iReef7.jpg

Pazil
08-16-2009, 05:26 AM
Dude that rocks!!!:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

BlueAbyss
08-16-2009, 08:22 AM
Looks pretty sweet... I don't really like the rock wall look, but yours is pretty great!

Jason McK
08-16-2009, 05:08 PM
Wow very cool build, looks great!

J

jakebrake3202
08-16-2009, 05:42 PM
Awesome job on the aquarium! I love the rock wall. can't wait to see it with fish. What do you plan to add?

365seasons
08-16-2009, 05:46 PM
That is absolutely gnarly. Good job on the tank! Excited to see the finished product.
And as stated before, good thing it's a mac. :biggrin:

lastlight
08-16-2009, 05:58 PM
This is too cool! Some amazing DIY skillz...even ATO in the back I love it!

bignose
08-16-2009, 07:17 PM
great work on your tank. Very clean looking.

Ron99
08-17-2009, 03:19 AM
Thanks everybody. It's coming together but there's still a long way to go:biggrin:

Awesome job on the aquarium! I love the rock wall. can't wait to see it with fish. What do you plan to add?

Hey Jake, welcome to Canreef. I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep it inverts only as it is very small. So I was thinking about a couple of sexy shrimp and then either a pair of bumble bee shrimps or maybe a small goby. I would like a greenbanded goby if I can get one but they are hard to get in Canada.

jakebrake3202
08-17-2009, 08:22 PM
One thing I like to do on a few of the iMacquariums that I have built is carve out the shape of the apple logo form the top of the inner frame on the top of the iMac. Use a dremel tool with a small carving tip to carve out the plastic and then when you put the front bezel back on the light from the inside of your tank will shine out through the apple logo on the top.

I have also bought an iPod USB wall charger and mounted it inside the iMacquarium so you can plug in an ipod or similar device to charge it. A small one will fit under the tank where the connection dock on the side of the iMac is. Just carve out the original USB connections and mount the charger in place there. Then wire the charger to your power cord. Then you can plug in any USB device to charge.

Ron99
09-16-2009, 04:30 AM
Another crazy month with not enough time for stuff:biggrin:

But here is a quick update. Everything has stabilized and there are now a bunch of frags in the tank. Livestock includes two small nassarius snails, a cerith snail, a stomatella snail, and a blue legged hermit (which will probably get replaced by some sexy shrimp soon). Our shark nosed goby has also moved in for now as the six line wrasse in the 75 gallon was harassing it for some reason.

So here is the FTS for September:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/SeptFTS.jpg

I'll try to get some more photos over the next few days.

Ron99
09-18-2009, 05:17 AM
More Pics. Still trying to figure out exposure for the LEDs. I think the narrow band of wavelengths they produce makes it difficult.

Here's some of the various zoas. The fluorescence with the royal blue LEDs is amazing. The colours really pop in the tank. It's hard to capture in camera:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas1.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas3.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas4.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas5.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas2.jpg

A tiny Kenya Tree frag:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Kenya.jpg

A tiny toadstool frag:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Toadstool.jpg

A small trumpet coral frag:

http://images53.fotki.com/v1574/fileqsWA/cefdc/7/998787/7644988/Trumpets.jpg

"Zebra" the sharknose goby:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zebra1.jpg

Checking out the zoas:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Goby2.jpg

Snaz
09-18-2009, 05:34 AM
Great pics! The florescence from the LEDs is amazing. What camera are you using?

JDigital
09-18-2009, 05:46 AM
Tank looks awesome! Nice work man.

gbeef
09-19-2009, 08:58 PM
Lookin really nice. I love the the rock wall great work

Ron99
09-23-2009, 06:32 AM
Thanks guys. Camera is a Canon 30D with a Sigma 70mm macro lens.

I'm going out of town for 5 days so hopefully all will be well. I have the ATO and a very experienced tank sitter coming by once a day to feed and check things so it should be good.

Ron99
10-15-2009, 10:33 PM
October Update Time. Not a ton of changes. Added three new friends for the sharknose goby:

http://images50.fotki.com/v397/filePOwo/334bf/7/998787/7644988/Sexy1.jpg

Here's another one hanging out with the ricordea:

http://images30.fotki.com/v39/file1trX/334bf/7/998787/7644988/SexyRic.jpg

Also put my flamethrower mushroom in here:

http://images52.fotki.com/v641/filezRAq/334bf/7/998787/7644988/FlameMush.jpg

And here's a nice shot of some hungry trumpets just before lights out:

http://images47.fotki.com/v1398/fileKxzs/334bf/7/998787/7644988/HungreyTrumpets.jpg

And the current FTS:

http://images51.fotki.com/v730/fileVjBy/334bf/7/998787/7644988/FTSOct.jpg

hillegom
10-15-2009, 10:46 PM
looking good Ron

BlueAbyss
10-16-2009, 08:11 AM
Looks awesome, I love the way the 'screen' glows sort of like what the CRT would have thrown off.

wehtam
10-24-2009, 10:20 PM
This is an awesome idea, great work.. looks good :biggrin:

Ron99
11-16-2009, 04:25 AM
Life is pretty hectic right now. Things seem pretty stable with water changes every week to 10 days. Added a few more frags. Mostly zoas from my 75 gallon. Zoas seem to be dong poorly there for some reason and are much happier in the iReef. Here's a quick Nov. FTS. I'll try to post some more pics tomorrow.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/NovFTS.jpg

365seasons
11-16-2009, 04:31 AM
:jaw: WOW :jaw:

so gnarly

lastlight
11-16-2009, 04:31 AM
That wall looks amazing all grown in like it is now. Can't wait to see those tiny frags fill in and make that wall LIVE.

I felt a little let down when I looked at the other pics of your goby and realized these guys don't have neon green in their faces. Darn reflection of the trumpet coral! How's he liking his new buddies?

Ron99
11-16-2009, 06:25 PM
That wall looks amazing all grown in like it is now. Can't wait to see those tiny frags fill in and make that wall LIVE.

I felt a little let down when I looked at the other pics of your goby and realized these guys don't have neon green in their faces. Darn reflection of the trumpet coral! How's he liking his new buddies?

Yes, I am waiting for them to fill in too. Growth has happened but has been slow with these under driven LEDs. It's a trade off of PAR vs. heat in the tightly enclosed space.

The goby does have some yellow on its face but I think the reflection in that one shot did make it stand out more.

Here's a couple more shots:

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov8.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov4.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov5.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov6.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov7.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov1.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov2.jpg

A little "skin flap" of palau green nephthea. This will look beautiful under the LEDs once it grows out.

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Nov3.jpg

lastlight
11-16-2009, 07:11 PM
As that grows and expands are the green areas that green? Looks gorgeous already.

BlueAbyss
11-16-2009, 07:25 PM
Your rock wall is probably the best one I've ever seen... I don't generally like how they look but yours turned out really nice.

Wow, a Nephthea... pretty cool. Do you need to feed it?

Ron99
11-24-2009, 12:16 AM
I'm not usually a fan of rock walls either but in this tiny tank it makes it look like you're looking at something bigger or at a snapshot of a section of reef etc.

I don't feed the nepthea directly. It is a photosynthetic type and while I make an effort to not overfeed it may also pick up the odd stray particle of food as I do try to leave a few extra bits for the shrimp etc. floating around.

JDigital
11-24-2009, 12:55 AM
Been awhile since I checked in on this tank... Looking fantastic Ron.. :mrgreen:

christyf5
11-24-2009, 01:35 AM
Don't forget you'll need a final pic for December 1, thats next Tuesday! :biggrin:

christyf5
11-30-2009, 08:53 PM
Final tank pic due tomorrow December 1st (if no final pic, the last FTS in this thread will be used).

Ron99
12-02-2009, 04:51 AM
For your viewing pleasure:

A final FTS...

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/FinalFTS.jpg

The Three Amigos

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/3Amigos1.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Flamethrower.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Zoas1253.jpg

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Crabby.jpg

http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Trumpet.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Kenya979.jpg

http://hotimg23.fotki.com/a/70_70/254_23/Hangin.jpg

Ron99
12-02-2009, 05:03 AM
A few more:

http://images53.fotki.com/v420/fileLaPG/a4c08/7/998787/7644988/Sexy.jpg

http://images53.fotki.com/v432/filetjJ6/a4c08/7/998787/7644988/PinkPanthers.jpg

http://images54.fotki.com/v563/fileMxLZ/a4c08/7/998787/7644988/Zoas2.jpg

http://images52.fotki.com/v728/filelfhv/a4c08/7/998787/7644988/Zuma.jpg

http://images17.fotki.com/v28/fileJimU/a4c08/7/998787/7644988/Zoas3.jpg

jakebrake3202
12-02-2009, 01:55 PM
That's awesome! Good pics.

Ron99
12-02-2009, 05:49 PM
Thanks. It's hard to get the colour balance right in the photos as the LEDs put out such a narrow spectrum it throws off the white balance and exposure. I have to spend more time figuring that out.

DCDN
02-03-2010, 04:27 PM
It's looking amazing, you really did a great job.

Snaz
02-04-2010, 06:52 AM
IMHO don't bother with white balance in your what you shoot in a lighted tank, just let Photoshop fix it up with a couple of clicks. These three were adjusted in PS with three clicks each, Auto Contrast, Auto Tone and Auto Colour. Results would be better with originals

http://snaz.com/marine/PinkPanthersa.jpg

http://snaz.com/marine/Sexy1.jpg

http://snaz.com/marine/Zoas3a.jpg