Since we’re environmentally aware and we really want to recycle as much as we can, we thought we’d show you a little trick for your old TV set – how to turn it into an aquarium. Naturally, the tube will have to come out and replaced with the aquarium. Fish swimming are certainly more relaxing to see than some of the shitty shows and news we get fed on a daily basis. Kitty seems to like it too!

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Posted by JuhAche | August 23rd, 2008 11:06 pm

This is a cool Idea but readers should be warned that the capacitors in television sets are very dangerous. They store an electrical charge long after the television has been unplugged. Anyone wishing to attempt this should take extra precautions to prevent electrocution. (DC current can potentially kill you)

Posted by Marco | August 23rd, 2008 11:43 pm

Some years from now you are going to realize that you have an antique and you wasted and converted into a cheap, bizarre acaurium. Nevertheless, years after that your work will have gained some kitsch retrospective acuarium concept that could get you some money after all.

Posted by Tilly | August 24th, 2008 1:11 am

Cute kitty, good idea. The TV set lid will keep the cat dry and the fish uneaten.

Posted by Anon | August 24th, 2008 1:20 am

Very nice.

Posted by glenn | August 24th, 2008 1:45 am

Buzzkill :-)

Posted by andrew | August 24th, 2008 1:50 am

what if you want to turn it off?

Posted by trent | August 24th, 2008 6:25 am


Posted by Neil | August 24th, 2008 7:04 am

Kinda neat. It’s an even-more retro version of the MacQuarium, which one made with an old Mac – the all-in-one type from the ’80s.

Posted by seymour | August 24th, 2008 11:05 pm

This is very obviously (& poorly) photoshopped!

Posted by jemima puddleduck | August 25th, 2008 1:12 am

you are most definetly retarded that is not ‘ obviously’ photoshopped.
Ive seen it been made before i even saw this article.


Posted by guy | August 25th, 2008 2:28 am

looks kind of tacky…. euch

Posted by Ed | August 25th, 2008 5:33 pm

where does one get a tube tv now-a-days anyway?

Posted by Bob | August 26th, 2008 12:30 am

Simpsons did it.

Posted by | August 26th, 2008 1:38 am

¿Tienes una tele antigua?, ¡esto es lo que puedes hacer con ella! (Fotos)…

Interesantes fotos de lo que se puede hacer con una tele vieja, la imaginación no le falla al ser humano….

Posted by fishtank | August 26th, 2008 1:44 am

maybe it’s just me but I think the working TV was far more interesting. and unless you got the parts to an e-waste center it won’t be doing any good for the landfill.

Posted by kuhsay | August 26th, 2008 1:45 am


I doubt it. A CRT television in not an antique in the sense that the original Nintendo or baseball cards are. A CRT Television is more like an old Apple IIe that your grandmother has in her attic that only displays text in green. Nobody is going to say “Hey, I want to watch a fuzzy picture on that 30 year old TV that weighs 110 lbs.” The only place that would want something like that would be a museum.

Cool project though. Your cat looks hungry. Did it watch regular TV when the set worked?

Posted by Nuno Lagoa | August 26th, 2008 2:03 am

Seriously dudes, the thing you kept – wood – was the only thing that was not dangerous for the environment. If you don’t tell us what you’ve done with the tube and the electronic boards then you can’t really use the ‘I recycle’ card.
I tell you what I do with my old electronic stuff: I just go to a electronics store and ask them to dispose of it properly. Which I know for a fact that they do.

Posted by fuck | August 26th, 2008 3:36 am

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Posted by DR INTERNETZ. | August 26th, 2008 3:39 am

jemima puddleduck needs to LURK THE FUCK MORE!



Posted by asshole | August 26th, 2008 4:15 am

You should probably ditch the strip-mined kitty litter too

Posted by cal | August 26th, 2008 4:20 am

Growing up a it more in my childhood im 36 btw my grandmother did this same thing with her old tv set.Ahhh Gram Gram.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26th, 2008 4:35 am

The moisture from the fish tank will soon ruin that lovely piece of woodwork.
Overall, this is a big fail.
Too easy, no real effort, no real thought put into the mod, and a waste of an antique vacuum tube TV set that apparently was in good condition (clean, no corrosion.)

Posted by Hacxzor | August 26th, 2008 4:54 am

photoshopped. i can tell by the pixels and by having seen quite a few ‘shops in my day.

Posted by jt2 | August 26th, 2008 4:56 am

The first thing that came to mind when seeing this was why in god’s name did you ruin a perfectly good antique television set…even if the TV part of it didn’t work the classic wooden shell made it a keeper. And I also agree that moisture will wreck this over time.

Posted by Jim Alton | August 26th, 2008 5:49 am

You might want to be careful when you handle a large picture tube. If you drop it on its neck or tap it just right, it will implode and you’ll be picking glass out of you and the cat for a long time.

Posted by cool to be you | August 26th, 2008 6:06 am

Way to sound like a pompous douche bag over a televesion mod that looks like half assed shit.

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Posted by ionku | August 26th, 2008 9:12 am

the cat is awesome

Posted by Bob | August 26th, 2008 9:54 am

I don’t know. I think my daughter and i had a good time tossing an old monitor on a burn pile, making pretty designs with the tube, and then setting the whole thing on fire.

What?!!?! At least we’ll recycle the glass…

Posted by Jason | August 26th, 2008 12:03 pm

I think this would be so much better for people then staring at whats actually on tv these days.


Posted by jesskat182 | August 26th, 2008 12:41 pm

i love it! i have two different aquariums in my house and they would look so much better if they were displayed more creatively, just like that.

Posted by jesskat182 | August 26th, 2008 12:42 pm

and all of you environmentalists who are bagging on this tv aquarium should just shut up. the world is not going to end soon.

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Posted by L Ron Hubbub | August 26th, 2008 2:56 pm

I like it.
Frankly a B&W tv set like that will not last long if used regularly anyways.
The aquarium looks cool.
You can take the old chassis apart and build a ham radio transmitter.
Now thats recycling.

Posted by Sun | August 26th, 2008 3:13 pm

You are an imaginative and commendable person. Well done!

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Posted by Westchester Computer Services | August 26th, 2008 5:47 pm

Nice TV mod. You should write a disclaimer though, definitely not safe for kids or for people who are not familiar with electronics. I can just imagine some kid using this article as a DIY guide and gets himself killed. Cool mod though :)

Posted by rick | August 26th, 2008 5:52 pm

All of these comments draw a quote to mind:

“Hurr, I argue on the internets!”

Posted by | August 26th, 2008 9:11 pm

¿Tienes una tele antigua?, ¡esto es lo que puedes hacer con ella! imagen…

Interesantes fotos de lo que se puede hacer con una tele vieja, la imaginación no le falla al ser humano….

Posted by john | August 26th, 2008 9:42 pm

wow,amazing idea, ill try it someday with grama tv

Posted by Alex Pacheco | August 27th, 2008 3:56 am

Ducks give me boners.

Posted by Charles MacDonald | August 27th, 2008 4:45 am

Let me chime in with the “what a waste of a Good antique TV crowd. The picture tube will bite if not handled corectly, the chasis has a few places that can Bite also, the water Will not help the wood, and if you insist why not start with a dead TV and not a working one?

All together a “value reduced” project.

Posted by Kmuzu | August 27th, 2008 7:38 am

Charles is quite right. DO NOT take apart an old television set unless you really .. I mean really know what you’re doing. The capacitors can contain a lethal charge for a long time, the CRT can explode, the tubes contain lead and mercury. The whole things is one toxic, dangerous mess.

Posted by ron | August 27th, 2008 6:54 pm

I am surprised that nobody came up with the obvious answer. replace the inside with modern plasma or LCD TV electronics . Then you have the old looks with modern functionality & for those without the space somewhere to put it! sell the new tv case & old tv parts at a boot sale & make some money while recycling.

Posted by Ronald | August 28th, 2008 7:20 pm

Why is everyone so butthurt?

I like what you did.

Posted by Roger RamJet | August 28th, 2008 9:09 pm

The kitty is really cool – I think it looked best when kitty was IN the tv playing Rin-Tin-Tin. Perhaps kitty will one day win an ESPY! As for all you tree huggers – I have several old Tube TVs AND radios too for that matter – which one of you Al Gore Suckers will give me $500.00 for one?
Oh…and the kitty was NOT Photoshopped. I have seen a few shopped pictures in my day, and I know from the pixel count to the way the shadows are located that the kitty in the TV is REAL!
I’d give this project a B–.

Posted by Chris | August 29th, 2008 6:23 am

Yeah, I really can’t figure out why everyone is so upset about this either. It looks good. There was actually a pet shop in the town I grew up that had one similar to this, and another one with a rattle snake in it. Always interesting.

As for the people who always shout “shopped!!” I suppose you will see that with any image on the internet.

Finally, just wax the wood with a paraffin or similar wax from time to time to prevent the damage.

Posted by Ash | August 29th, 2008 8:43 pm

Waterproof the wood, and keep a lid and filter on the fishtank, and the wood should be just fine, however, you should have a professional disassemble and dispose of the innards of the TV.

I’ve seen one of these in a few stores, and they’re really awesome.

Posted by Time Tracker | September 12th, 2008 10:21 am

A buddy of mine and I actually ended up making a computer case and monitor enclosure out of an old TV set that we picked up at the Salvation Army. Fun project, and possibly the most unique gaming console I’ve ever seen.

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Posted by WikiLink | October 2nd, 2008 12:47 pm

cat is awesome … LOL

Posted by Pooface McGraw | October 29th, 2008 4:01 am

That cat is definitely photoshopped.

Posted by JAB_au | November 2nd, 2008 3:27 am

Your cat, he is fixing your TV.

Posted by John | November 4th, 2008 9:14 pm

Uhm….so what do you do with the tube you take out? because that causes the most damage to the environment…

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Posted by DougTheBug | March 13th, 2009 4:02 am

First of all, to all the people responding to “Shopped (shooped), I’ve seen quite a few shops in my day, you can tell by the pixels… etc” Its a very tired internet meme. It MAY disappear if noobs like you can stop responding to it.

I hope the person that made this aquarium at least goes through the effort to replace (just glue it in) the knob and vent on the side to make it look at little more finished.

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Posted by patty | June 20th, 2009 3:47 pm

Listen Guys,all I wanted to know is how do I get rid of them . They are 20″ sitting on platforms on the wall . Where do I take them for disposal ? want to replace w/ flat screen

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Posted by sean | October 28th, 2010 7:43 am

I wouldn’t do it but i would have it restored and some old tv’s mite be worth alot of money you just plug a digital tv set top box into it and i see it if it still works just keep it in a spare room to watch sport or let the kidds watch tv. I still have a 14″ colour tv that is about 8 years old the pitcher is as good when i took it out of the box and the focus is perfect it wouldn’t have done 5000 hours it was a bedroom tv

Posted by Heywood Wakefield Guy | January 23rd, 2011 4:35 am

I’ve restored a 1952 Motorola Set. Recycling the chassis, but keeping all the pots that control channel select, picture settings, volume, tone etc…, and remouned them on a small stip of metal so you don’t lose the LOOK of the original knobs. I slightly rebuilt the inside of the beautiful cabinet to accept an inexpensive modern 27″ TV. The set he took apart lookes like a 70’s model. He will be growing weaponized mold spores within the year. Thank god he did’t kill a real vintage set! Reno in Seattle. Say HI to the cat!

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