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Old 30th January, 2002, 11:13 PM
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PC in a fishtank?

Ok me and dave are going 2 different ways with submergeance cooling... he going the safer route, im going the totally hairbrained route

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1 old p233 MMX complete with hard drive CDROM etc
1 old fish tank
a liberal coating of silicon sealant
a few gallons of water
3 goldfish called bob, dave and radiator


im thinking of waterproofing the fan on the CPU heatsink and fitting it with a working fish-guard! any ideas how to go about this and keep the fan working?
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Old 30th January, 2002, 11:22 PM
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Um. You prolly won't need fans if you submerge it.

What sort of silicon sealant? Bathroom putty's rather too good a heat insulator.
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Re: PC in a fishtank?

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any ideas how to go about this and keep the fan working?
Don't plug it in?
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Re: Re: PC in a fishtank?

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Don't plug it in?

um.... then it wouldnt be working
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Does the fish have to keep working too?
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Old 31st January, 2002, 04:34 PM
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they certainly do! otherwise it wont be quite as rediculous
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um, hopefully you wouldn't kill the fish with the increase of heat.
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Maybe, utilizing the fin movements of the fish, the CPU cooled be cooled even more? Perhaps equiping his fins with harnesses attached to a generator, which would in turn provide power to the CPU cooler?
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hey "organic cooling"

using some form of animal to cool the PC... watercooling = fish, aircooling = budgies?

as to increase in heat... ill have tropical fish
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hey "organic cooling"

using some form of animal to cool the PC... watercooling = fish, aircooling = budgies?

as to increase in heat... ill have tropical fish

what's a budgie? Maybe you could throw a pelter into it to keep the water temp consitent... I'm a bit into fish myself, and you'll need to get that temp completely steady before you put the fish in, which means never turning your system off..not that you would anyway.
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budgie little yellow bird thing

budgerygar or something but i cant spell
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are u seriously going to attempt this thing if you are i would reckomend you doing it on a switched plug. It may be like throwing a hair dryer into the bath
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I'd recommend coating everything with a heavy layer of fiberglass resin, as it is transparent and water proof.

The difficult part will be sealing up the PCI/ISA slots, power supply connector, all I/O connectors, and the ZIF socket. These parts should first be filled with dielectric grease, then painted over with fiberglass resin(forever gluing them in place).

I'm not sure what kind of effect the water will have on the silicone thermal compound, or what kind of effect the silicone thermal compound will have on the fish, so I'd put some silicone sealant around the edge of the CPU were it meets the heatsink.

If you want an easy way to apply fiberglass resin, it can be thinned out with mineral spirits and sprayed from a paint gun. However this application method will require several(3-5) heavy coats.

This will be quite an undertaking, but it is doable . . . .
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I don't suppose I could deter you in this? Perhaps a Fish tank that has a courtyard to place a more conventionally cooled Computer in? You'd have the appearance you want without actually electrocuting yourself or the fish.
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I don't suppose I could deter you in this? Perhaps a Fish tank that has a courtyard to place a more conventionally cooled Computer in? You'd have the appearance you want without actually electrocuting yourself or the fish.
that's what I was thinking. either that or running fish through the water cooling system.
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not quite sure where u r goin wiht this mate!

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What's a budgie?
Another name for a parakeet.
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I think it's do-able...but, I wouldn't go with goldfish.
It would have to be quite a large tank too, wouldn't it?
Goldfish don't live very well in the warm water...they like it cold...I would choose a more tropical fish and preferrably and edible one, because it sounds like you might end up frying/boiling them

This is a pretty good thread though...I like it.
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How about an octopus instead? More arms than fins.
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dont worry about the waterproofing, i can handle that, as to silicon thermal compund... i have no qualms what so ever to using direct die cooling on my Athlon XP let alone my mums old p233MMX which is what will be in the fishtank....... the fish cant be electrocuted as there is no reason for current to pass through em....
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