My TV aquarium is in it’s functioning form!
This is my first attempt at art (since mandatory art class, in middle school). Now, I’m trying to learn about the Nitrogen Cycle to tell everyone, “It’s alive!” The nitrogen cycle is the term of finding the aquarium’s chemical balance, namely ridding fish poop in the eco-system.
Fortunately, enough time passed between initially seeing this idea and constructing it so that I could use my own independent solutions (the best way to learn, which includes failures) and finish this project. If you care, this is how I did it:
- Found a free television on craigslist.
- (Let it sit in the front room for over a year.)
- Gutted all the internal components from the case.
- Built a 1″ base that brings the tank flush to the plastic paneling.
- Bought an aquarium with a curved front. I figured this would be cheaper than buying a custom built aquarium, as well as less complex (for a project that already stretches my limits) than building a glass aquarium with curved edges. See * notes below.
- *Hacked off the paneling so that the curved aquarium can bulge out a little bit.
- Cut a section of the top off of the cabinet and hinged it for an access lid to the aquarium.
- *Mounted two “ultra-slim” fluorescent lights on the lid to light the aquarium, due to limited top space between the cabinet and the aquarium.
- *Installed an under-gravel filtering (as opposed to a more modernly conventional side mounted mechanical filter).
- *For visual effect, I draped black landscaping material on the bottom and sides to disguise the wood on the inside of the cabinet, thereby helping to make the aquarium flush to the cabinet.
- Mounted a 6″ fan — which isn’t my biggest fan — to the rear door to pull moisture out which keeps the wooden cabinet from warping, rotting, growing moss-like stuff, etc.
- I stared and watched tv for multiple hours.
*A compromise of buying an off-the-shelf aquarium.
I want to incorporate this fish tank into an eco-system with edible plants and possibly edible aquatic animals, termed aquaponics . .
. . . and take over the world!