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DragonFyre14 03-16-2013 01:49 PM

TV fish tank
So, While my parents were helping my Great Grandfather move to his new place, they found an old TV that they were planning on just dropping off at the dump. My Mom, knowing my obsession with fish, told my Grandfather that I would probably take it to make into a fish tank. So long story short, I seem to have a new project :P. I'm not sure how well it's going to work out and I have yet to begin doing much research on it. So if you guys have any general tips on it that would be cool :)
So far, from my limited knowledge, I intend to take out all the wiring and everything until I essentially have a shell, and I will most likely line the interior with plexiglass or some other material, seal that with aquarium safe sealant and use plexiglass for the front. I'm not sure how I'm going to work around a hood but we'll see what will work once I start gutting it and such.

Ogre44 03-16-2013 04:53 PM

If it is an old Cathode Ray Tube television be very careful of the capacitor at the rear of the electron gun assembly.
These have been known to keep a charge for years, and it can be large enough to kill in some cases.
Do a little research online as to how to safely discharge it before you work on the interior.

DragonFyre14 03-16-2013 06:03 PM

Yeah, I've been doing some research so far and I've read that some of the older tubes can break easily and you can be injured by them. I will most likely have my father help me take out the wires or have someone from my robotics team who knows a lot about wiring and such help me.
I haven't seen the tv in years so I can't really say what kind of tv it is it how old or any thing like that so I guess we'll see.
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Chesh 03-16-2013 06:38 PM

Nothing to add, but it sounds like a fun project! And you have a robotics team??! O.o Nice!

DragonFyre14 03-16-2013 06:43 PM

Yeah I'm part of my high school robotics team. One of like only three girls on the team ;) I'm excited for this project and can't wait to get it done and show my grandfather. He's a bit of a tinker and used to make all sorts of stuff. He didn't even know you could turn it into a fish tank. :)

Chesh 03-16-2013 06:49 PM

haha, that's awesome! Good luck, and keep us posted!

DragonFyre14 03-16-2013 07:18 PM

Thanks, I'll certainly try.

DragonFyre14 03-16-2013 09:46 PM

So, parents just got home with the tv! I have a picture but I can't seem to find out how to post pictures from my phone (there doesn't seem to be an 'advanced' option or anything...) but I'll try and get that on soon. The screen itself is probably around the size of my 29 gallon (for lack of a better comparison). So, since its about that size I'm hoping the tank will be about 29 gallons but I would be happy with 20. The wood around it is gorgeous. It's still shiny with no scuffs, water marks, scratches or anything. I'm a little hesitant to cut off the top so I can put it on a hinge but we'll see.
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iamgray 03-25-2013 09:50 PM

Jealous!!! Sounds like a fun project. I wish I had a robotics team. :-D

DragonFyre14 03-26-2013 06:23 AM

A lot of schools (at least around me) do have them, took me a while to find mine. Apparently Minnesota like has more robotics teams than girls hockey teams. Or something like that. There was an article in the news paper about it
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