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Aquabox Aquarium Conversion

by simsi45 Posted 27th Apr 2019 at 7:24 PM - Updated 10th Aug 2020 at 12:08 AM by simsi45
49 Comments / replies (Who?) - 10 Feedback Posts, 14 Thanks Posts
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.
Watch a little in-game preview of a fully stocked aquarium here:



Small update to fix an issue where the aquarium wouldn't show up if Spa Day wasn't installed. Please Re-download if needed

Heyo,
This is a very exciting upload for me and I'm so happy I managed to finish it before my trip. I would advise you to read all the notes below as it contains quite a bit of useful information.
With that said, I present to you the:

"AquaBox 60 Gallons of Awesome Aquarium"
A fully functional aquarium for your sims' homes, to bring a glimpse of the ocean right into your home!


VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
1) This aquarium works the same as the aquariums in spa day/dine out/cats & dogs etc.
2) Once you buy and place a tank on your lot, some fish will spawn inside of it, REGARDLESS if you bought/stored fishes yourself. These fishes can't be customized or changed they are mostly decorative (think of the aquarium table in My First Pet Stuff)
This it to make the tank feel more alive and not just an empty box filled with water.
3) You can store UP TO 6 different fish per tank. (regardless of the decorative fishes)
4) The light is fully customizable.
5) ALL the fish remain inside the tank and don't clip with each other or the tank's environment.
6) There are 5 interactions available (see last screenshot):
~Set Light Intensity
~Turn Light On/Off
~Open
~Purchase Fish (the type of fish available for purchase will depend on what DLC you have. You can also, store the fish you catch by fishing around the world)
~View Fish (only available when stocked with at least 1 fish)


*The aquarium can be found under: Activities and Skills/Recreation for 18000$ (or under the name "AquaBox 60 Gallons of Awesome Aquarium")
You can also find it by searching: "simsi45" or "aquarium"



COMPATIBILITY:

Apparently all FX in the game (such as fish, bubbles, smoke, fire etc.) are available for EVERYONE regardless on whether you have the pack they came with or not.

So, YES, this aquarium is completely BASE GAME COMPATIBLE. The types of fish that are available to purchase will depend on what DLC you have installed. (You can also store fish you caught yourself, around the world)



~I also want to give a huge special thanks to Minimonster-newmonster for providing me useful information about working with different FX and for helping me compile the custom tuning file. Without his help this aquarium wouldn't look as good as it does now!
~Also another huge thanks to scumbumbo for helping me make the aquarium BG compatible! Thanks once again guys! ~

That's all folks. Worked quite hard on this but I think the end result was worth it.
I have one more aquarium that's almost complete and will probably share it before I go.
Hope you enjoy




Polygon Counts:
HIGH MEDIUM LOW
3112 \ 2451 / 1541

Additional Credits:
EA/Maxis
Sims4Studio
Photoshop
Blender

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 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Simsi45_60_Gallons_Of_Awesome_Aquarium.rar | Updated to be BG compatible!

Size: 2.17 MB · Downloads: 48,686 · 10th Aug 2020
2.17 MB 48,686 10th Aug 2020
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1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
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Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 27th Apr 2019 at 7:44 PM
You are truly amazing! <3 Thank you!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#3 Old 27th Apr 2019 at 7:52 PM
Ah, thanks a lot <3 Hope you have fun playing with it!
Test Subject
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#4 Old 27th Apr 2019 at 8:34 PM
It looks absolutely Perfect! I can't wait to try out the final version in-game!

Excellent job, @simsi45!
Instructor
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#5 Old 27th Apr 2019 at 10:19 PM
And I looove this!! Thank you for making this and sharing the nostalgic music of ts2 <3
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 1:21 AM
Fantastic work! Thank you very much.:)
MTS2 Hot Pepper
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#7 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 5:26 AM
OMG
I did not want to play with a huge tank in my household for its heavy bulky size but this one is unresistable
we gonna catch all that deco fish and make it home for.
Field Researcher
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#8 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 6:54 AM
won't fish swim outside with this conversion? i have some custom fish tanks in reduced size always cause fishes swim outside.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#9 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 7:59 AM
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Originally Posted by parkjoonho
won't fish swim outside with this conversion? i have some custom fish tanks in reduced size always cause fishes swim outside.

Nope...I made sure all the fish remain inside the tank and don't clip with each other or the tank's environment. Same goes for lobsters as they properly stand on top of the sand in multiple spots
Smeg Head
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#10 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 9:53 AM
Very nice. Some great work here. Well done.
Test Subject
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#11 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 10:35 AM
Dude, you're amazing! Thank you!
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#12 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 11:34 AM
Very cool, but unfortunately something is preventing it from showing up in my build/buy. I can search for it, which made me think "Well, it's there" but even after the game took me to the page it thought the object should be on it was not showing. Tried clearing the cache/etc. No luck. Honestly not sure why it's not showing up when it lets me search for it and knows the name of the object and where it should be.

I managed to get one on my lot by writing a quick script to force spawn the object and it works great then

May have to try running a repair game in Origin, tomorrow it's late already. Could be an entitlement issue that you're not seeing for some reason that prevents it from showing up as well. I only have BG, Get Together, Get To Work and Outdoor Retreat. Hopefully my system is just freaking and maybe that repair game will fix it, because this is awesome looking -- great work!
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Smeg Head
#13 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 3:11 PM Last edited by coolspear1 : 28th Apr 2019 at 3:33 PM.
Hi scumbumbo, do you see all the fish animations in the tank? All the smaller fish? The fish look like all the ones available in base game, and at a guess I'd say the small versions of fish are the ones seen in fish bowl animations. But I'm wondering if they might be the small fish animations seen in the glass coffee table from My First Pet pack, which could lead to the issue of it having trouble showing in your game without that stuff pack installed?

In my own game this object works perfectly, instantly visible, buyable and place-able from build/buy catalogue. So I'm wondering if it's a missing animation thing that's causing difficulty in your game? Or the object itself could be based on the Maxis aquariums from either Spa Day or Dine Out GPs or Cats & Dogs EP? Which again could be problematic without those packs installed? Even the bubble animations in the tank, if they come from a pack you don't have installed?

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Test Subject
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#14 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 3:26 PM
Se ve genial. Gracias.
MTS2 Hot Pepper
#15 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 5:30 PM
I have seen it in catalog BUY
It's really visible and available to buy

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#16 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 6:15 PM
@scumbumbo Hmm that's odd not sure why that's happening to be honest as you're the first person that notified me with this issue. I'm guessing it's something from your side as I have tested this in 2 different systems, both vanilla and DLC included and it worked fine. Maybe try removing all of your other mods temporarily to see if it shows up then?

@coolspear1 Like I mentioned all the animations/FX in the game are available for everyone regardless on whether you have the dlc they came from or not, so I doubt that is the issue. The little fishes are indeed from the MFPS table, but in a vanilla game it works fine
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#17 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 7:18 PM
@simsi45 Beats the heck out'ta me, but I'm no object design expert. There are some tuning errors in the XML but that should not affect it showing up. Tried a game repair and of course a clean mods folder, even a new save game -- but still not there.

It does work perfectly in my game when I add the object via a script command to spawn it though, just doesn't show up in build/buy at all even though I can search for it. It will appear in the household inventory if I drag/drop one in there. I've honestly never seen anything quite like this.
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#18 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 7:32 PM
@scumbumbo Huh, that is honestly so weird...I really can't wrap my head as to why this is happening, especially considering the fact it IS actually working as expected. I did just test it on my end once again (with and without dlc) and still appears/works just fine. I'll take another look at it if I manage to find some time, but can't promise anything. Hey, at least it's working so that's something I guess, haha. (I'm guessing you have the latest version installed, right? Just making sure )
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#19 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 8:23 PM
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Originally Posted by simsi45
I'll take another look at it if I manage to find some time, but can't promise anything. Hey, at least it's working so that's something I guess, haha. (I'm guessing you have the latest version installed, right? Just making sure )

Yeah, not expecting any promises particularly if I'm the only one seeing that behavior. The only theory I can come up with is that it works for you, even without the DLC expansions installed, as your account is still entitled to the needed expansion -- but that's really just a complete guess. Wouldn't know how to change that as the game pack is locked out in Studio (to prevent people editing the pack ID to release pirate expansion packs).

And for that very reason I hesitate to say here how I got it working. I'll PM you. It's definitely an entitlement issue.
Instructor
#20 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 9:16 PM
I have the same problem as scumbumbo for the aquarium not showing up in activities/skills recreation. I tried showhiddenobjects, buydebug, nothing works. I have the base game, Get to work, Outdoor retreat, and Get together. All updated to the latest patch.
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#21 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 9:35 PM
Saw the file got updated and just confirming the new update is working perfectly, thanks again!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#22 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 9:38 PM
@pianogrinder Just updated the file, make sure to re-download!

@scumbumbo Thanks for confirming and for your precious help!
Instructor
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#23 Old 28th Apr 2019 at 10:34 PM
Thanks for the update. It works perfectly now. The aquarium looks amazing.
Test Subject
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#24 Old 29th Apr 2019 at 4:20 AM
Nice work.
Test Subject
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#25 Old 29th Apr 2019 at 8:30 PM
Wow! This is fabulous! Thank you!
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