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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 1.5.0.011000 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:
SimPE,
s3oc,
s3pe,
TSR Workshop,
Inge's Texture Tweaker BloomsBase,
omegastarr82,
EsmeraldaF.
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
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MM_TS2Aquarium.zip

Size: 625.9 KB · Downloads: 40,251 · 4th Nov 2012
625.9 KB 40,251 4th Nov 2012
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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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Theorist
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#2 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 4:48 PM
Oh, that looks so much nicer in Sims 3. Nice job!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 9:25 PM
Oh ! THANK YOU SO MUCH ! I waited for this object since the beginning of the Sims 3 !
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 9:49 PM
I always appreciate another style of aquarium, thank you very much for doing this task.

Even more thankful you shared!
Test Subject
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#5 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 10:05 PM
AHHHH YES! Thanks for making!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 10:13 PM
Does this require HELS, then?
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 10:47 PM
Lovely!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#8 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 10:48 PM Last edited by Menaceman44 : 5th Nov 2012 at 8:12 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DClick
Does this require HELS, then?


Yes, sadly I couldn't make it function as a base game object.

I was wrong. It does NOT need HELS. EsmeraldaF has tested in her game set up with the base-game only and it works fine.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 12:07 AM
As always, Menaceman continues to fix The Sims 3 for the better. Sometimes the fixing is more figurative than literal. =)
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 12:14 AM
Drat. Thanks for answering so fast, though.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 2:35 AM
Sweet! Since LN has a fish tank shouldn't it work with it too?
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 5:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ayra2
Sweet! Since LN has a fish tank shouldn't it work with it too?


not likely, that one was different - an 'electronic' decal thing - so it probably wouldn't load
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#13 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 11:02 AM Last edited by Menaceman44 : 5th Nov 2012 at 8:11 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ayra2
Sweet! Since LN has a fish tank shouldn't it work with it too?


Sorry, no. This was cloned from the HELS tank so it uses the same game resources. The LN tank is "digital" (the fish don't have to be fed I think) and it sits inside a wall like a window.

Well I ASSUME it won't work without HELS but you are more than welcome to try if you would like. I can't see how it would harm your game and so long as you don't save after testing it, all should be fine.

ETA: EsmeraldaF has confirmed for me that this IS base-game compatible! Yay!

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Test Subject
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#14 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 12:10 PM
I love you for making this! thanks!
Sockpuppet
#15 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 12:34 PM
Congrats, Looks great!
Mad Poster
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#16 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 1:06 PM
Awww, glad to see you've finished this after all the problems it gave you. Looks great in-game, and just for the record, I tried it with my base-game-only installation on my laptop and it worked fine without needing HELS.
Instructor
#17 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 1:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
Awww, glad to see you've finished this after all the problems it gave you. Looks great in-game, and just for the record, I tried it with my base-game-only installation on my laptop and it worked fine without needing HELS.

Since I don't have HELS, this is great news!
Thanks Menaceman for cloning this so well it doesn't need the original and thanks Esmeralda for testing it. Great community here and great stuff!
Test Subject
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#18 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 7:35 PM
Thank you!
Mad Poster
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#19 Old 5th Nov 2012 at 7:54 PM Last edited by Menaceman44 : 5th Nov 2012 at 8:09 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
Awww, glad to see you've finished this after all the problems it gave you. Looks great in-game, and just for the record, I tried it with my base-game-only installation on my laptop and it worked fine without needing HELS.


Really?! Fantastic! I suppose I best update the first post accordingly then. I've not got my game setup in a way to be able to test base-game-only compatability so thanks!
I did wonder with the fact that players can buy tanks from the Store without having HELS installed.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Scholar
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#20 Old 6th Nov 2012 at 1:51 AM
thank you I really missed that!
Mad Poster
#21 Old 6th Nov 2012 at 9:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
Really?! Fantastic! I suppose I best update the first post accordingly then. I've not got my game setup in a way to be able to test base-game-only compatability so thanks!
I did wonder with the fact that players can buy tanks from the Store without having HELS installed.

I forgot to mention that my base game is fully patched - I would hazard a guess that the coding for the fish tank was probably added in a patch around the time of HELS and was probably not in the vanilla base game, so to be on the safe side it might be best to also mention in the Overview that players without HELS will probably need to be patched to HELS equivalent patch level or later.

Yes, as well as fish tanks in the Store, you can also buy some other EP/SP items from the Store without having the EP/SP in question - laundry washers and dryers, electric guitars, hot tubs. As long as your base game is patched up to the equivalent EP/SP level, the coding for those will be in your game.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#22 Old 6th Nov 2012 at 1:52 PM
I've updated the first post now to include the same information given at the Store; that players will need at least the 1.5.0.011000 patch update for this to work.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Lab Assistant
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#23 Old 7th Nov 2012 at 5:57 AM
Cool. The name is funny since the tank is clearly several feet long and probably over 90 gallons.
Test Subject
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#24 Old 7th Nov 2012 at 10:12 PM
THANKS SO MUCH for making this! i've been wanting an aquarium somewhere between a fishbowl and a wall-mounted monstrocity :P
Test Subject
#25 Old 8th Nov 2012 at 10:42 AM Last edited by sugarkitten : 8th Nov 2012 at 1:41 PM.
Thanks for creating this, because I only have the base game and with that only the little one-fish bowl.

But one thing seems strange: Whenever my Sims just stand there and watch your tank they do this "thumbs down and boo" thing. Every single time, every single Sim. I can't believe they're supposed to react this way xD

EDIT: In combination with the "Maid/Butler feeding fish" mod the NPC did feed them in your tank but then he looped the watch & feed action endlessly, until I distracted him and sold the tank
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