My final project is the upside down fish tank. The idea came up because I saw a picture of a fish tank upside down inside of another. The water level was above the water line and it allowed the fish to swim up to a “lookout tower.” An image is shown below.
- Acrylic or Glass? Thickness?
- Design? Needs to have an upside down aesthetic
- Project needs to have a moving part?
- Drawer to hold fish food
- What kind of fish?
- Freshwater because it is easier to clean
Top 5 Constraints
- The acrylic has to be thick enough
- The shape of the fish tank must both be sleek and provide the upside down aesthetic.
- The drawer will be furnished nicely to match the sleek fish tank.
- I would like the drawer to function without handles
- Both the fish tank and the drawer must fit together nicely in some way or another.
Acyrlic Fish Tank
Acrylic is lighter and easier to manufacture.
½ inch acrylic will be used to provide enough support for the water pressure
A wood drawer below the fish tank will give a nice aesthetic feel.
I decided to create my physical prototypes out of cardboard and acrylic. These are scale to model.
My other prototype includes CAD.
Materials and Manufacturing
I bought the acrylic from Colorado Plastic and the wood from Home Depot. I then used the ITLL woodshop and the project depot to work on my project.
Budget & Time
Estimated -> Actual
Acyrlic Fish Tank (10 hours -> 5 hours)
$100 -> $150
Wood Drawer (10 hours -> 15 hours)
$80 -> $80
Aquarium Materials (2 hours -> 10 hours)
$80 -> $250
Total (22 hours -> 30 hours)
$260 -> $480
Acknowledgements of Assistance