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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:55 pm Post subject: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 Hello  IAH!  I  am  back  with  a  new  tank  after  a  long  time.  For  one  whole  year,  my  bedroom  was  without  a  fish  tank  since  I  was  7  years  old.  As  always,  I  made  this  tank  all  by  myself  (except  cutting  the  glasses).  I  has  been  2  months  since  I  set  up  the  tank,  had  to  wait  for  it  to  establish  as  I  didn't  had  any  mature  media.  Sorry  for  the  poor  pictures,  
 
 As  for  plants,  I  bought  an  anubias  which  has  already  sprung  2-3  leaves  in  this  tank,  and  recently  I  added  two  java  ferns.  
 
 
 As  for  the  light,  I  made  a  DIY  hanging  UFO  light  with  a  cheap  LED  10W  bulb  and  a  piece  of  aluminum.  With  a  bit  of  elbow  grease,  everything  turned  out  perfect.  I  will  let  the  pictures  do  the  talking.  
 
   
   
   
   
   
   And  here  is  a  top  view  of  the  tank  
 
 
 CAUTION:  DO  NOT  ATTEMPT  THIS  IF  YOU  ARE  NOT  COMFORTABLE  WITH  AC  240V  MAINS,  OR  YOU  HAVE  KIDS  IN  YOUR  ROOM.  IT  CAN  BE  LETHAL.  
 
 Here  is  a  front  view  of  the  tank.  
 
 
 The  other  thing  I  made  was  the  filter.  I  inverted  an  internal  filter  and  fitted  half  a  bottle  over  it  to  make  a  surface  skimmer.  The  water  then  flows  through  a  DIY  HoB  filter  filled  with  sponges,  ceramic  rings  and  balls.
   
   
 
 The  only  thing  left  to  change  is  the  neon  green  pipe!  Till  then,  cheers!   Rock On   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:03 am Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 Neat  build!
 
 I  have  my  doubts  about  that  LED  bulb.  I  dont  think  its  enough  for  the  anubias  but  you  say  its  growing  so  good  for  you!
 
 That  skimmer+HOB  setup  is  impressive!  How  do  you  manage  the  water  level  drop  with  evaporation?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:36 am Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 Cool  DIY  stuff..
   But  Like,  I  too  have  my  doubts  regarding  the  lights..
 Whats  the  tank  Dimensions..
 Shed  some  more  info  on  the  filter  please..
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:22 am Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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Neat  build!
 
 I  have  my  doubts  about  that  LED  bulb.  I  dont  think  its  enough  for  the  anubias  but  you  say  its  growing  so  good  for  you!
 
 That  skimmer+HOB  setup  is  impressive!  How  do  you  manage  the  water  level  drop  with  evaporation?                

 
 The  light  is  more  than  enough  as  the  tank  gets  sunlight  for  few  hours  in  the  morning.  As  for  evaporation,  I  top  up  the  tank  everyday  and  change  50%  water  every  week
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 May  I  know  what  was  the  motive  behind  going  for  a  skimmer?  In  freshwater  tanks  the  oil  film  on  the  surface  can  be  easily  countered  by  having  some  form  of  surface  agitation,  after  which  these  are  either  absorbed  by  the  organisms  or  filtered  out  by  activated  carbon  or  the  biological  filtration.  In  marine  tanks  this  is  a  major  problem  because  of  the  SG  of  seawater  being  much  higher  than  freshwater,  much  more  of  the  organic  mater  rises  up  to  the  top  and  causes  major  problems  justifying  skimmers.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 Nice  DIY.
 
 At  the  same  time  the  Caution  needs  to  be  taken  seriously.  Lot  of  scope  for  the  current  to  leak  and  give  you  a  reasonable  shock.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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May  I  know  what  was  the  motive  behind  going  for  a  skimmer?                

 Since  it  is  an  open  top  tank,  a  lot  of  dust  falls  on  the  surface,  so  I  installed  the  surface  skimmer  for  keeping  the  surface  clean
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:34 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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Whats  the  tank  Dimensions..
 Shed  some  more  info  on  the  filter  please..                

 
 The  tank  is  18  by  12  inches,  14  inches  high.  The  filter  contains  clay  balls,  ceramic  rings  and  sponges,  basically  whatever  I  had  leftover  from  my  previous  tanks,  I  put  it  in  here!  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:54 am Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

 Amazing  DIY,  I  like  the  concept  of  the  External  filter.  The  green  line  is  too  conspicuous,  but  you  mentioned  that  you  are  going  to  have  that  replaced.  
 Is  a  DIY  hood  also  in  the  making?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:38 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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May  I  know  what  was  the  motive  behind  going  for  a  skimmer?                

 Since  it  is  an  open  top  tank,  a  lot  of  dust  falls  on  the  surface,  so  I  installed  the  surface  skimmer  for  keeping  the  surface  clean                

 
 I  like  the  excessive  effort  to  fix  a  problem  you  have  already  solved!   Chuckle  
 
 The  outflow  from  your  canister  seems  to  be  falling  onto  the  surface  of  the  water  from  some  distance,  which  is  probably  enough  to  mix  the  dust  on  the  surface  into  the  water  column,  which  will  then  get  filtered  out  by  your  filter.  The  skimmer  seems  just  like  a  complication  to  me  which  is  easy  to  fail.  What  if  you  get  more  evaporation  a  day,  or  if  you  are  going  out  and  you  cannot  top  off  the  tank?  Its  very  easy  for  the  pump  to  run  dry  and  just  destroy  itself.  I  suggest  you  invert  the  power  head  and  see  if  there  is  noticeable  gunk  on  the  surface.
 
 Also,  consider  spray  painting  the  aluminum  fixture.  The  color  will  improve  aesthetics,  and  the  coat  of  paint  will  also  prevent  any  current  leakage  should  there  ever  be  any  problem.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:52 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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Nice  DIY.
 
 At  the  same  time  the  Caution  needs  to  be  taken  seriously.  Lot  of  scope  for  the  current  to  leak  and  give  you  a  reasonable  shock.                

 
 +1  to  this  suggestion...
 
 Man!  You  possess  the  DIY  skills  and  yet  want  to  risk  it  this  way?  Seriously  brother  not  worth  it!  
 
 IMO  anubias  /  mosses  will  grow  just  fine  with  regular  9W  led  tubes  (in  ways  which  are  unaltered  /  unopened  /  I’m  not  feeling  lucky  /  I  love  my  life  Very Happy)
 
 Also  seems  like  the  filter  is  drawing  water  only  from  surface  now,  ideally  the  volume  of  filter  intake  should  be  more  from  bottom  area  and  lesser  from  surface.  Surely  you’ll  find  a  workaround  for  this…
 
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 I  like  the  excessive  effort  to  fix  a  problem  you  have  already  solved!   Chuckle  
 
 The  outflow  from  your  canister  seems  to  be  falling  onto  the  surface  of  the  water  from  some  distance,  which  is  probably  enough  to  mix  the  dust  on  the  surface  into  the  water  column,  which  will  then  get  filtered  out  by  your  filter.  The  skimmer  seems  just  like  a  complication  to  me  which  is  easy  to  fail.  What  if  you  get  more  evaporation  a  day,  or  if  you  are  going  out  and  you  cannot  top  off  the  tank?  Its  very  easy  for  the  pump  to  run  dry  and  just  destroy  itself.  I  suggest  you  invert  the  power  head  and  see  if  there  is  noticeable  gunk  on  the  surface.                

 
 Hmm...   Halo  Did  not  think  about  that  much.  The  idea  for  skimmer  came  because  there  was  a  noticeable  amount  of  surface  debris  due  to  being  very  close  to  a  window  which  remains  open  most  of  the  time.  As  for  evaporation,  topping  off  the  water  level  once  every  3  days  is  enough.
 
 And  for  the  light  being  dangerous,  yes,  I  had  a  structure  before  holding  the  entire  bulb  along  with  a  cover,  but  I  decided  to  try  to  make  the  top  of  the  aquarium  as  minimalistic  as  possible,  so  came  up  with  this  idea.  Maybe  in  the  second  version  I  will  spend  some  money  and  make  the  light  more  beautiful  and  safer.  This  was  the  version  1.0   Thumbs Up
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 Its  never  a  good  idea  to  fiddle  with  the  casings  of  electrical  things.  Like  you  even  I  love  going  the  DIY  route,  maybe  you  can  use  something  like  my  design?  It  uses  PVC  pipes  for  structural  support,  is  dirt  cheap,  less  than  ?500,  and  just  cannot  fail!  I  use  it  to  run  two  9W  LEDs  but  it  is  immensely  modular,  I  use  aluminum  reflectors  because  the  LED  I  use  have  160  degree  beams,  if  you  have  120  or  less  wide  beams  you  dont  need  to  use  the  reflectors.  Here  is  a  pic:
 
 
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This  was  the  version  1.0   Thumbs Up                

 
 Its  never  a  good  idea  to  fiddle  with  the  casings  of  electrical  things.  Like  you  even  I  love  going  the  DIY  route,  maybe  you  can  use  something  like  my  design?  It  uses  PVC  pipes  for  structural  support,  is  dirt  cheap,  less  than  Rs500,  and  just  cannot  fail!  I  use  it  to  run  two  9W  LEDs  but  it  is  immensely  modular,  I  use  aluminum  reflectors  because  the  LED  I  use  have  160  degree  beams,  if  you  have  120  or  less  wide  beams  you  dont  need  to  use  the  reflectors.  Here  is  a  pic:
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:23 pm Post subject: Re: My new budget aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  had  exactly  the  same  pipe  setup  but  with  only  one  bulb  holder,  but  I  wanted  the  clean  open  top  tank  look  like  in  ADA  display  tank,  so  that  is  why  I  made  the  minimalistic  looking  light,  the  pipe  frame  was  a  bit  bulky  for  the  small  tank.  And  as  for  the  hazard,  I  know,  that  is  why  I  put  the  caution  sign.  If  its  a  problem,  anyone  can  do  the  exactly  same  thing  with  a  12V  DC  powered  light,  thats  it.  In  my  room,  there  is  no  children,  no  one  touches  my  tank,  everything  is  insulated,  and  I  have  a  short  circuit  cutt-off  in  the  room,  so  its  fine  for  me.  Its  for  someone  else,  if  somebody  chooses  to  copy  this,  I  have  put  up  the  sign   Thumbs Up
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