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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:06 pm Post subject: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 2013  has  been  pretty  bad  in  terms  of  hobby.  Have  been  very  busy  with  work  and  that  took  a  toll  on  maintenance.  So  I  had  2  choices  -  either  get  out  of  the  hobby  or  have  a  system  where  I  dont  have  to  be  present  all  the  time  during  water  changes.  And  would  have  to  find  an  alternative  to  luggng  buckets  of  water.
 
 To  ease  up  on  maintenance,  planned  on  building  a  rack  with  5  tanks(1  -  48"x18"x15",  4  -  24"x18"x15")  with  some  level  of  automation  so  that  I  can  check  things  once  in  a  while.  Though  the  setup  is  not  yet  fully  complete,  will  try  to  update  as  and  when  things  are  done.
 
 This  is  going  to  be  a  totally  utilitarian  setup.  So  no  fancy  things.  The  place  being  utilized  is  a  small  storage  space  used  for  storing  junk.  Couple  of  walls  are  basically  neighbor's  old  perimeter  wall.  
 
 This  is  the  available  space  -
 
 Peeled  of  plastering  has  been  repaired.  No  time  to  paint  it  :(
 
 The  roofing  is  kadappa  stones  with  a  layer  of  concrete  on  top  of  it.  So  thought  of  adding  kind  of  false  roofing  to  insulate  much  of  the  heat.  The  leaking  corners  were  all  sealed  off  using  silicone.  Most  of  what  I  have  done  are  things  I  have  learnt  in  the  hobby  Smile  
 
 A  single  2'  T5  for  lighting  (not  for  the  tanks  Smile)
 
 I  dont  have  the  snaps,  but  there  is  a  300lt  overhead  tank  installed  for  water  changes.  Have  installed  an  airline  into  the  tank  for  chlorine  removal.
 
 Tanks  being  built  -
 
 
 
 Out  of  5,  one  2  footer  is  leaking.  Will  get  it  fixed  this  weekend.
 
 Lighting  -
 Wanted  minimal  power  consumption.  So  decided  on  LED  flood  lights.  There  will  be  very  few  plants  (all  hardy  ones)  so  going  for  10watt.  Each  level  will  get  2  of  them.  Total  60watts.
 The  gap  between  tank  top  and  next  level  would  be  ~7".  So  wanted  the  lights  to  be  movable  for  easier  maintenance.  Had  to  do  some  thinking  on  how  this  could  be  done.
 Finally  got  it  made  this  way  -
 
 Just  the  fixture
 The  material  is  supposed  to  be  'stainless  steel'  to  avoid  rust.  I  am  not  that  convinced  though  :)
 
 
 The  light  will  be  attached  to  the  small  carrier  (This  is  a  test  setup,  trying  to  get  plastic  nuts  and  bolts)  
 
 This  is  how  its  supposed  to  work  -
 
 Regular  place
 
 
 During  maintenance
 
 
 The  light  can  be  removed  by  pulling  it  forward.
 
 And  here  is  how  good/bad  the  lighting  is.
 
 
 This  is  the  work  done  till  now.  Still  have  quite  a  bit  to  do.  Will  be  updating  the  progress.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 Deepak,
 
 Following  this  thread  closely!   I  am  a  bit  confused  between  regular  place/During  maintenance.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:49 pm Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 nice  work  mate  Thumb Up   Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:05 pm Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 @Nayak  -
 
 Basically  the  light  can  be  moved  all  the  way  to  the  back  while  work  is  needed  in  the  tank.  Then  pulled  back.  And  if  the  light  has  to  be  removed,  it  can  be  pulled  all  the  way  to  the  front.  For  wiring,  plan  is  to  have  a  connector  (molex  hopefully)  so  that  the  light  can  be  detached/attached  easily.
 
 In  the  below  picture,  the  green  arrow  shows  the  regular  position  of  the  light.
 
 
 
 @sergio  -  Thanks  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:13 pm Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 great  to  see  you  back,  well  i  did't  understand  Airline  thing  to  remove  chlorine  can  u  explain  pls  Smile
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 @shri  -  you  can  aerate  the  water  for  few  hours  to  remove  chlorine.  Think  this  is  pretty  well  known  in  the  hobby.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:37 am Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 Deepak...welcome  back  to  keeping  fish  ...will  be  following  this  thread
 
 The  led  flood  lights  that  you  are  using  are  not  really  the  best  choice...don't  last  too  long...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:55 am Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 Hi  Vyas,  thanks.  Any  alternatives  you  would  like  to  suggest?  I  have  got  2  of  them  for  now.  Was  planning  to  get  the  rest  of  them  in  the  morning.
 
 BTW,  I  still  have  the  P  manipurensis  I  got  from  you.
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 Oh,  I  did  not  notice  the  sliding  mechanism.  Good  Idea  Thumb Up  
 
 Me  too  interested  in  lighting,  Vyas.  My  tubes  fixtures  are  3  years  now  and  every  water  change  is  a  shocking  experience  Thumb Down  
 
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 Nice  cabinet.  the  sliding  idea  is  very  very  novel.  Thumb Up
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 Congratulation  to  the  new  start.   The  10W  led  flood  light  can  be  used  for  anubias,  mosses  such  as  low  lighting  plants  and  also  very  slow  growth.   This  is  my  experience.   All  the  Best.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:49 pm Post subject: Re: Project T - rack Reply with quote

 @Bappa  -  Thanks
 
 @Janardhanam  sir,  Thanks  and  that  is  the  plan.  To  only  have  hardy,  low  light  plants  (if  at  all).
 
 Update  -  Wanted  to  shift  few  of  the  tanks  to  the  rack  today.  But  could  not  get  it  done.
 
 Me,  Abhilash  and  a  cousin  of  mine  went  shopping  for  rest  of  the  things  and  it  took  up  nearly  4hours  :(
 
 Planning  on  some  water  proofing  work  for  the  base  sheet  and  then  moving  the  tanks.  
 
 One  more  thing,  all  the  tanks  got  backgrounds  today  (black).  Will  add  snaps  in  the  morning.
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 Deepak...have  used  Tleast  6  pf  these  fittings...pretty  cheap...but  definitely  not  worth  the  effort..
 
 I  saw  some  LED  lighting  strips  when  I  visited  Nikhila  while  back.  The  lighting  seemed  good  enough  for  18  inch  tanks...
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 Deepak  you  can  pick  waterproof  led  strips  which  give  out  a  god  output.  Two  types  are  available  in  the  market,  with  and  without  warranty.  The  one  with  a  years  warranty  is  brighter  and  has  a  years  warranty  and  the  one  without  a  warranty  is  good  too.  They  were  about  20-25watts  for  a  5  meter  roll.
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 Hi  Vyas,  Nikhil,
 
 Thanks  a  lot  for  the  information.  
 
 I  have  got  these  flood  lights  for  now.  Before  deciding  on  these,  I  checked  with  a  relative  of  mine  who  uses  these  frequently  for  commercial  lighting.  According  to  him,  he  sees  failure  rate  ~20%  over  a  year.  And  checked  with  the  shop  I  bought  these  from  and  spare  driver  and  LED  units  are  available.  So  probably  will  use  them  for  now.
 
 Will  surely  try  those  strips  out  soon.  Maybe  can  change  over  to  those  in  future.
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