PC builder enthusiasts have been trying to achieve the aquarium concept for far too long now. Though the idea appears simple enough but pulling off the technicalities sure is a challenge. The idea revolves around building a computer inside an aquarium by submerging it in mineral oil or some other suitable non-conductive fluid. The mineral oil gives a cool vibe, but it is not just good aesthetically, it also helps to keep the heat at a distance from the components.
This is the major inspiration behind the Rock Pi X aquarium build which you can make yourself. PC chassis manufacturer MetalFish has gone all out on this idea and has submerged a live fish aquarium with a computer case you can build in.
This isn’t entirely new territory for MetalFish. Before this they had a similar concept when they worked on their Fish Cube case. Quite honestly that wasn’t a wow factor with just a custom acrylic tank with a small form factor PC on the side. However, this new MetalFish Y2 tank is most certainly a great piece. At first glance, you might not even tell instantly that it’s a computer. The product images from the company show an RGB cooling fan popping out of the mesh but that doesn’t stand out in front of the aquarium. Even the two front USB-A ports and power button don’t seem too noticeable.
The aquarium’s capacity stands at 13.5 liters which means that it can easily hold in a few small fish. However, it would be wise not to overload the fish tank. You should have some basic knowledge about the condition and temperature of the water and go slow.
Now moving on to the computer component capacity, MetalFish confirms support for micro-ATX and mini-ITX boards. The chassis can also comfortably support graphics cards up to 220mm in length. However, it is advised by the company to keep it limited to 200mm so there’s no conflict with the case fan. The chassis can support a single 2.5 inches drive bay, so PC builders might want to stick to motherboards which come with a hefty M.2 drive capacity to meet their storage needs.
Those who are looking to build their PC aquarium will need to import the chassis from China. It is currently available for 60 USD.