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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:20 pm Post subject: DIY planned hood Reply with quote

 Hi  guys  
 
 
 I  have  some  space  in  my  wall  unit  where  I  want  to  upgrade  my  tank  to   a  larger  size  
 
 Why  such  weird  design?  to  make  the  maximum  use  of  the  space....When  I  calculated  the  difference  in  the  ready  made  hood  and  my  hood,  my  one  save  60%  cost   
 
 What  I  plan  to  do  is  to  stick  sheets  of  acrylic  to  the  showcase  above  
 
 Specs:
 Height  will  be  4inches  
 Length   is  34  inches  Depth  will  be  13inches  where  slope  begins  and  17  where  slope  ends
   
 There  will  be  nothing  above  instead  I  plan  to  stick  tubelight  of  LED  directly  on  the  wall  unit  above  
 
 So  do  you  think  this  is  possible  .......any  other  suggestions  of  same  specs  
 
 Diagram  of  the  hood  made  in  paint.....I  an  not  a  good  artist  I  know  
 
   
 
 Note:  The  the  depth  of  the  showcase  below  the  tank  is  2inches  more  that  the  showcase  above  
 PS:  I  mean  proper  weight  supporting  wooden  storage  units  when  I  say  'showcase'
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 ummmmm.  interesting  concept  but  wouldnt  it  be  cheaper  &  easier  to  just  make  it  from  plywood?  thats  what  i  did.
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ummmmm.  interesting  concept  but  wouldnt  it  be  cheaper  &  easier  to  just  make  it  from  plywood?  thats  what  i  did.                

 The  less  durability  of  the  ply  with  constant  contact  with  water  was  reason  I  dont  want  ply..  Also  for  ply  I  would  require  a  carpenter     
 I  dought  whether  the  wall  unit  above  can  support  ply  and  its  weight
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 uhhhhhh  i  dunno  who  told  you  that  but  Plywood  (6  MM+)  has  a  good  durability  but  yes  i  see  your  point.  fair  call.  
 
 pssst  i  did  the  wood  work  by  my  self  using  a  power  tool,  a  few  nails  and  a  hammer  Razz  dont  really  need  a  carpenter  for  it  if  your  confident.
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 Samir,  the  problem  I  see  with  the  above  design  is  that  it  doesn't  leave  you  any  room  for  tank  maintenance.  Or  so  I  perceive  by  looking  at  the  design.
 How  will  you  clean  the  tank,  introduce  and  catch  the  fishes,  take  out  the  filter...etc  etc.
 
 I  see  that  you  want  to  be  wise  in  your  expenditure.  Do  these  LED  strips/tube  come  cheap?  
 
 I  believe  the  tank  isn't  going  to  be  planted.  If  I  am  wrong,  I  am  looking  at  a  good  amount  to  be  spent  on  LED  setup  capable  to  support  a  planted  tank!
 4"  of  gap  will  transform  into  2  or  less  if  you  go  in  for  any  other  option.  That  will  cause  to  much  of  water  evaporation  and  heating!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:13 pm Post subject: Re: DIY planned hood Reply with quote

                                                   
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Samir,  the  problem  I  see  with  the  above  design  is  that  it  doesn't  leave  you  any  room  for  tank  maintenance.  Or  so  I  perceive  by  looking  at  the  design.
 How  will  you  clean  the  tank,  introduce  and  catch  the  fishes,  take  out  the  filter...etc  etc.
 
 I  see  that  you  want  to  be  wise  in  your  expenditure.  Do  these  LED  strips/tube  come  cheap?  
 
 I  believe  the  tank  isn't  going  to  be  planted.  If  I  am  wrong,  I  am  looking  at  a  good  amount  to  be  spent  on  LED  setup  capable  to  support  a  planted  tank!
 4"  of  gap  will  transform  into  2  or  less  if  you  go  in  for  any  other  option.  That  will  cause  to  much  of  water  evaporation  and  heating!                

 
 Do  you  think  i  will  plan  a  cut  to  cut  design?  I  will  not  consider  mountaineering?  Pardon  me  for  not  giving  the  tank  dimensions  and  wall  unit  dimensions  
 
 Tank  Dimensions:  33''l  X  14''h  X  17''w  
 Wall  unit  dimensions  :  34''l  X  18''l  X  18''w
 
 
 Well  considering  the  4mm  acrylic  ...I  guess  thats  enough  
 About  maintenance  ...there  will  be  a  car  bonnet  syle  4''  opening  which  is  basically  for  feeding  ....my  hand  with  the  net  has  enough  space  to  catch  fish  (  yeah  of  couse  it  depend  onn  how  active  the  fish  is)   
 
 My  budget  is  4k  bucks  so  I  was  planning  to  use  the  saving  from  the  hood  for  lighting  and  accessories     
 LED  are  not  necessary  then  normal  spot  light  will  do  the  job  ......doesnt  matter  
 
 
 It  is  not  a  planted  one  ...I  will  keep  some  cichlids  in  there
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:49 pm Post subject: Re: DIY planned hood Reply with quote

 If  not  LEDs,  what  are  you  planning  to  go  for?
 
 Any  other  light  source  with  decent  wattage  will  generate  heat!
 
 I  have  heard  about  submersible  lighting..never  seen  it  for  real...You  might  want  to  consider  it..
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 Only  a  4"  opening  for  the  total  maintenance  of  a  33"  tank?  
 
 Why  don't  you  use  hinges  and  make  the  entire  length  of  the  hood  openable?   Instead  of  sticking,  hinge  up  the  acrylic/marine  ply  sheets  to  the  showcase.  All  you  will  need  is  a  drill  machine  or  some  guy  who  has  one.
 
 Thats  how  most  LFS  display  tank  hoods  are.  Just  a  flap  hinged  on  the  canopy  above.
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 Hi
 
 All  the  budget  is  excluding  fish  
 I  will  post  a  vedio  later  to  show  you  the  space  and  design  practically  
 
 
                                                 
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Only  a  4"  opening  for  the  total  maintenance  of  a  33"  tank?  
 
 Why  don't  you  use  hinges  and  make  the  entire  length  of  the  hood  openable?  ¬†Instead  of  sticking,  hinge  up  the  acrylic/marine  ply  sheets  to  the  showcase.  All  you  will  need  is  a  drill  machine  or  some  guy  who  has  one.
 
 Thats  how  most  LFS  display  tank  hoods  are.  Just  a  flap  hinged  on  the  canopy  above.                

 
 Looks  like  I  am  not  good  at  explaining  while  typing  
 
 I  was  planning  hinges  ....I  will  stick  a  strip  of  acrylic  and  stick  hinges  to  it  ....or  maybe  will  directly  stick  hinges!
 all  sheets  of  acrylic  will  be  detachable!  
 
   
                                                 
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 If  not  LEDs,  what  are  you  planning  to  go  for?
 
 Any  other  light  source  with  decent  wattage  will  generate  heat!
 
 I  have  heard  about  submersible  lighting..never  seen  it  for  real...You  might  want  to  consider  it..
                 

 Of  course  I  have  CFL....  previously  I  was  using  them  and  loved  them  
 I  dont  think  heat  is  a  factor  I  should  consider  with  the  usage  of  modern  lighting  
 
 
                                                 
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 uhhhhhh  i  dunno  who  told  you  that  but  Plywood  (6  MM+)  has  a  good  durability  but  yes  i  see  your  point.  fair  call.  
 
 pssst  i  did  the  wood  work  by  my  self  using  a  power  tool,  a  few  nails  and  a  hammer  Razz  dont  really  need  a  carpenter  for  it  if  your  confident.
                 

 power  tool?  that  will  make  my  wallet  lighter  by  1000  bucks  more
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 Of  course  I  have  CFL....  previously  I  was  using  them  and  loved  them  
 I  dont  think  heat  is  a  factor  I  should  consider  with  the  usage  of  modern  lighting  
 
                 

 
 In  an  enclosed  environment,  a  14  W  CFL  is  enough  to  raise  the  temperature  by  few  degrees..especially  when  it  will  be  less  than  an  inch  away  from  the  water  surface!
 With  your  tank,  you  are  likely  to  go  in  for  higher  wattage  or  an  array  of  low  wattage  CFLs.
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 Okay  so  here  is  the  vedio  ....kindly  try  to  listen  to  my  distorted  voice  as  I  have  cold  
 Please  dont  pay  attention  to  the  tank  nor  my  messy  home  
 Tank  is  filed  with  water  and  some  decor  to  just  check  any  leaks.....etc  
 
 Thermocol  is  6inches  in  height  ....my  acrylic  will  be  four  inches  in  height  
 
             
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 Of  course  I  have  CFL....  previously  I  was  using  them  and  loved  them  
 I  dont  think  heat  is  a  factor  I  should  consider  with  the  usage  of  modern  lighting  
 
                 

 
 In  an  enclosed  environment,  a  14  W  CFL  is  enough  to  raise  the  temperature  by  few  degrees..especially  when  it  will  be  less  than  an  inch  away  from  the  water  surface!
 With  your  tank,  you  are  likely  to  go  in  for  higher  wattage  or  an  array  of  low  wattage  CFLs.                

 
 Okay....so  I  would  go  for  say  4  LED  spotlights.....how  much  will  one  cost?  PM  me  the  price  please
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 @Samir,  You  have  a  PM.
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 Here  is  a  dummy  or  temporary  hood  made  of  waste  thermocole  
 The  thermocole  is  half  a  inche  thick  and  acrylic  will  be  much  thinner  
 I  have  posted  huge  photos  by  mistake....kindly  zoom  out  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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