This was my first attempt at building my own aquarium. It isn’t perfect but im pretty proud and I think it looks great. I call it the telarium.
The finished product. The channel display is showing the water temperatire and the power button can turn the lights on and off.I got free scrap glass to build the actual tank. The dimensions had to be a little weird if i wanted to cover the back with the original plastic backing. Originally i was hoping to cut the front of the tube off and use it for the front of the tank but my attempts to cut the thick as fuck glass failed.The silicone work took a little practice but i think it turned out ok. My measurements were a bit large and the back corner was hitting the back cover. My angled panel looks dumb and it’s a messy solution but i was out of glass and it was my best bandaid.Leak test passed!I painted the back and sides black with acrylic paint. A black tank with good lighting is supposed to make shrimp colours more vibrant and since that’s what I want for residents (and i want to hide the tv interior) it only made sense.I used scrap wood to make a solid bottom platform and i removed the little plastic legs. I also used a jigsaw to cut the bottom of the plastic backing out but I dont have a picture of that part. The platform is painted because there is a lip of it on the bottom of the screen that is visible (due to the round plastic frame and the flat tank front).This was a satisfying moment, partially because the tank looked good in the tv and partially because I just took my socks off.I cut out a couple screw holes on the backing into slots so I could hamg it on screws.To make this tank unique I used an arduino to display the temperature on the old channel display. Multiplexing these old LEDs wasnt working so I wired the digital and analog pins on the areduino to control every single segment independently. I got code and libraries nline for the temperature probe but all the other code was original.
I added a switch to switch between Celcius and Fahrenheit and made a startup animation for fun.I know the wiring is nightmare material but it’s all solid and it works dammit.I got some cheap waterproof LED lights and wired them to a 12V plug fron a thrift store. Oh, and the tv power switch. I have future plans to do this again and use RGB LEDs that can be adjusted with the old tv dials.
Here’s a demo of the working LED lights and the power switch.I got an ass load of moss for free and found some not amazing but ok driftwood for my main hardscape. I wanted something stump like so i used silicone and fishing wire to build this.I also mossed a couple rocks with fishing wire.I added some kodamas because I love them.I later added moss to the lighter stick so it looked less out of place.I already have a resident, this little snail hitchhiked on some moss.