About this project
**UPDATE** - Big thanks to everybody who has become a backer! There are still iMac Aquarium and Kit rewards available, let's see if we can spread the word and double it to $10,000 funded! I've also created a new pledge amount and reward for international orders of complete aquariums, but please message me before you pledge so I can confirm that I can ship to your country. The estimated delivery date for rewards will also be much sooner than December!
My name is Jake, and I give new life to discarded computers by turning them into aquariums! The G3 Apple iMac had a revolutionary design, but these computers are sadly out dated and on their way to be destroyed at electronic disposal facilities when I purchase them. In my shop I disassemble the iMac, modify the case, and install a custom designed tank, light, and filter in place of the screen. I then polish the cases to a lustrous shine and soon it has a new purpose as an aquarium in someones home or office.
I built my first iMac Aquarium 4 years ago, one thing lead to another and I am now receiving requests for them faster than I can build them in my spare time! My goal is to transform this hobby into a business. I already have a sufficient supply of discarded computers, now I need to purchase materials for the tanks, lights, filters, and other expenses. My goal is to reach $5,000 in pledges. Upon reaching this goal I will be able to purchase the required materials in bulk quantities and streamline production workflow. Upon success of this Kickstarter Project the business will be able to sustain itself.
iMac Aquarium Kits
I have also developed a Do-It-Yourself iMac Aquarium Kit. I heard from people interested in building an aquarium out of an iMac that they already have. They had the appropriate tools and handy skills but didn't want to attempt the daunting task of building a reliable tank to fit inside. For this reason I decided to offer my pre-built tank in a kit.
The kit includes the tank, light, filter, and all other hardware necessary to turn your own iMac into an aquarium. It also includes detailed instruction videos on how to disassemble your iMac, modify the case, and reassemble using the Kit. The kit is listed in one of the rewards to the right.
Aquariums are not the only item on my list of things to build. Upon success of this project I have plans to save many other items from being trashed by giving them a new purpose in a home or office. Lamps, clocks, night lights, mirrors and more are on my list of possible uses for discarded electronics. Would a flat screen computer monitor make a good ant farm?...Hmmm...
Every item I can give a new purpose to is similar to pledge. It may not seem like much to one person, but every little bit counts and collectively it adds up to make a huge difference.
To this point I have created every bit of this project myself. From the design of the aquarium, gathering of materials, building and production, sales, shipping, photography, video shooting and editing, website creation, and everything in between. I have literally done everything myself.
Now I want to share this project with you! Make a pledge and join me on this journey, I'd love for you to be a part of it. I have some exciting rewards prepared for you in return for becoming a backer, you can see them in the column on the right.
Feel free to visit my website for more information and follow my journey on Facebook. I love to reply to questions and comments, so feel free to ask.
Website - www.jakeharms.com
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to your support, it truly means the world to me.
Pictured below is the fish fridge magnet that I make described in reward #3. The rest of the photos are of finished iMac Aquariums. iMac Aquariums do not include decorations so you are free to decorate however you wish.
Available colors may include Blue, Aqua, White, Smoke, Red, and Orange.
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