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TS2>TS3 Aquabox Five-Gallon Aquarium Conversion

by Menaceman44 Posted 4th Nov 2012 at 4:29 PM - Updated 2nd Feb 2013 at 8:58 PM by Menaceman44 : text corrections
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
I like the fish tank aquarium that was added with "High End Loft Stuff" but I was lacking in variety.
Yes, there are others available at the Store but not everyone can/wants to spend cash on a single item.

As a result I took on converting the Aquabox Five-Gallon Aquarium from The Sims 2!

This was NOT an easy task which is why you will notice that the tank isn't a 100% conversion. Some alterations had to be made to get it to function to a satisfactory level.

The tank costs §300 and can be found in Function Sort under Entertainment>Hobbies & Skills and Pet Essentials>Miscellaneous Decor, and in Room Sort under Dining Room>Miscellaneous Decor and Study>Hobbies & Skills. It also features the original TS2 catalogue description including all of it's translations. If there's anything wrong with them, blame MAXIS.

It functions exactly as the original HELS tank and can be stocked and interacted with from the back as well as the front. Also, if you have any mods which alter the amount of fish which can be stocked in the HELS tank, it will affect this tank too!

IMPORTANT HELS is NOT required but please note that you need FREE game update in order for this content to work if you do not have HELS installed. Many thanks to EsmeraldaF for testing and confirming this.

It has 4 recolourable channels as shown below.

PLEASE NOTE as this is a conversion of a TS2 mesh the mapping isn't perfect. I have managed to correct most areas but only solid colours should be used on the water filter (blue in the image) as the mapping is simply too messy for me to correct.

MANY thanks to both BloomsBase and omegastarr82! Without their help I would probably have given up on this long ago. I'm so glad to finally have it released.

Polygon Counts:
High Detail 1559
Medium Detail 927
Low Detail N/A

Additional Credits:
TSR Workshop,
Inge's Texture Tweaker BloomsBase,
Tags: #fish, #tank, #aquarium, #conversion, #convert, #TS2, #The, #Sims, #2

Style: Contemporary
Room: Dining Study
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Size: 625.9 KB · Downloads: 38,898 · 4th Nov 2012
625.9 KB 38,898 4th Nov 2012
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Test Subject
#76 Old 20th Aug 2015 at 4:45 PM
thank you
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#77 Old 27th Aug 2015 at 6:51 AM
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#78 Old 15th Dec 2015 at 10:57 PM
Like big fish tanks. thank you
Test Subject
#79 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 2:57 AM
Ahh wow! Cool!
Test Subject
#80 Old 11th Aug 2016 at 1:24 AM
Wow thank you! I was wondering,why no one has converted the sims 2 big wall aquarium to sims 3.Miss that awesome tank,wish i knew how!
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 15th Oct 2016 at 12:36 AM
thank you
Test Subject
#82 Old 25th Sep 2018 at 12:51 AM
Oh man, THANKS! Now I don't have to run HELS just to have a decent size fish-tank! And it works with the mods I have for the HELS tank! You are friend of all fish-lovers everywhere!
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