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I build iMacquariums out of G3 iMacs.


One day at work 3 years ago we had a snow iMac that died. My boss

asked me to take it out and throw it away because it was beyond

repair. I couldn't bear to throw it away so I just took it home

figuring I could do something with it someday. A while later I came

across a picture of an iMacquarium that someone had made and I knew I

had found a use for my iMac friend who would have been on his way to

the junkyard. Fast forward through a bunch of planning and design

changes and I finally had a working iMacquarium. Everyone who saw it

thought it was awesome and soon I was building them for family and



The tank is by far the hardest and most expensive part to construct. A square tank would be no problem but my tank

design was far from being square. It had to be as wide as the screen

in the front and taper back to fit the shape of the iMac. I also had

to curve the face of the tank to fit where the CRT monitor used to be

to eliminate the gap that would be there if it were flat. I took my

tank design to a local custom plastic manufacturer and asked them if

they could duplicate several tanks matching my design. When they said they

could I knew I was going to be building a lot of aquariums.


I started collecting dead iMacs from local recyclers, invested in all of

the materials and supplies I would need, and started building

iMacquariums in my spare time. I designed a little website in iWeb (www.jakeharms.com) and soon I had my first iMacquarium sale to a man in Florida.


In the last 3 years I've built about 100 iMacquariums and shipped them all

over the world. It's a great feeling to take something that was on

it's way to be destroyed and transform it into something that will be

admired in someones living room or office again.


Let me know what you think.

For more information and pictures visit my iMacquarium Website.















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That was a really interesting story! Thanks for posting that, your work looks great :) We used to have G3 iMacs in our music room at school, it's a shame they were thrown away when they became useless, they were about 31 of them :(

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