Perhaps you’ve always thought of aquariums as big, heavy, and difficult to take care of. Perhaps you’ve always thought they were totally beautiful, but would be far too much upkeep for you to manage. Well, take one look at your old GoPro and think again.
The last few years have been tough for GoPro. GoPro has been campaigning their newest on-the-go adventure-friendly camera models for some time now – but the buyers haven’t come running.
For one thing, they built their old models too well. They’re still working just fine, so not many people have a real reason to upgrade. And for another…well, new technologies have come in that overlap a bit more with some of their best features, and make them a little bit less relevant. Drones have revolutionized adventure footage, and many smartphones are even now waterproof (short-term). And while everyday people frequently upgrade their phones to keep them working optimally, the need for a GoPro isn’t quite as dire.
But if you have been on the fence for a new GoPro, and holding back either because yours still works (albeit not as well as a new one would), or because you have no idea what to do with that clunky old one – YouTube’s Imaginative Guy has a totally awesome idea that honestly, not many other people ever could have or would have thought of. But you can use it, and he wants you to: turn the camera’s packaging into an adorable miniature aquarium.
This is one of those hacks that doesn’t come around often. But it’s useful, it’s fun, and it only requires the most basic of DIY skills. This fully-functional aquarium even has a mini CO2 system that will keep your favorite tiny plants and fish alive. If you’re not brave enough to attempt the self-soldered overhead LED light, you can always makeshift your own solution.
Follow his step-by-step follow along with this 18-minute video’s step-by-step breakdown.