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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:47 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Hi  Mithun,
 
 Can  you  please  provide  details  of  your  DIY  Sea  Swirl.  maybe  a  parts  list  and  how  to  do  it  instructions...
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:58 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Well  you  can  probably  figure  out  the  parts  u  need  from  the  pics  itself..  Or  it  is  given  below  :P
 
 1.  1  pc  5RPM  240V  AC  geared  motor,  5watt.  Rs.  200
 2.  Robot  wheel,  5"  diameter..  U  can  probably  use  some  other  disk  to  be  used  with  motor  shaft.  I  had  spare  wheel  so  used  it.  Dont  remember  price..  may  be  Rs.50/100
 3.  PVC  union  joint.  Rs.70
 4.  Electric  enclosure  board.  Rs.45  
 5.  5mm  Acrylic  scraps  to  make  the  arms  and  Wavemaker  holder.  FREE
 6.  Couple  of  screws  and  nuts  (preferably  aluminium  or  brass  to  prevent  rusting  from  humidity)  ..  
 7.  PVC  pipe  about  1  foot..  may  be  Rs.20
 8.  End  cap  Rs.15
 9.  PVC  cement  (had  it  in  store)
 
 Total  was  about  400-500  max..  I  could  make  it  with  spares  i  had  with  me  so  costed  me  much  lesser.
 
 How  to  do  is  really  simple..
 1.  Make  couple  of  holes  in  the  Enclosure  box  after  measuring  the  diameter  of  the  discs  and  length  of  the  arms  to  be  used.
 2.  One  hole  for  motor  and  second  hole  for  fitting  the  PVC  union  join.
 3.  screw  the  arms  together  as  per  pictures..  
 4.  Remember  the  turn  degrees  of  the  Wavemaker  will  depend  on  the  length  ratio  of  the  arms  used..  so  calculate  that  as  per  requirement..  
 5.  Close  the  box.
 6.  Make  suitable  housing  for  the  wavemaker  with  acrylic  and  fix  the  wavemaker  and  the  PVC  end  cap  with  it  at  90  degrees  angle.
 7.  Join  the  housing  end  cap  with  the  union  join  using  pvc  pipe  and  seal  with  pvc  cement.
 8.  Done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:26 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Mithunda  its  Rocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Cheering
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:35 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Hi  Mithun,
 
 Thank  you  so  much  for  the  details.  I  think  i  can  now  go  ahead  and  try  to  replicate  the  DIY  Sea  Swirl..
 
 The  pictures  do  give  out  most  of  the  details  ..  i  wasnt  sure  about  the  PVC  union  Smile  !!!
 
 You  know  what  ..  i  did  purchase  LED's  that  i  wanted  to  put  it  together  about  six  months  back.
 about  72  LED's  from  rapidled...  however,  i  am  not  able  to  convince  myself  if  i  will  be  able  to  pull  it  through..
 I  should  start  on  that  soon  ..
 
 Thanks  again,
 Ravi.M
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:10 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 @Ravi..  You  are  most  welcome  buddy..
 If  you  are  unsure  about  LED  operation  its  best  that  you  have  dimmable  drivers  and  a  Multimeter..  That  way  you  can  check  the  Voltages  and  currents  through  each  LEDs  ..  you  should  turn  the  dimmer  down  to  zero  and  slowly  increase  it  and  keep  measuring  the  viltage  current..  Voltage  should  not  exceed  3.4  volts  and  currents  should  be  max  900  mA  through  XP-E/XT-E  series  LEDS  and  1.4  A  for  XP-G  series..  let  me  know  when  you  start  the  project,  I  should  be  able  to  help  you  out  with  the  build.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 the  best  things  are  the  seaswirl  built......  awsm.....  are  u  going  to  make  another  1?  please  post  a  video  of  making  it......  also  how  will  the  pipe  move?  wont  it  leak?  i  had  seen  online  someone  used  a  garden  sprinkler......
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:06 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 umm..  its  just  for  moving  the  wavemaker..  not  for  return  line  from  sump  pump..  so  the  pipe  doesnt  carry  water..  
 I  would  make  another,  Take  more  pics  of  the  parts  individually..  but  the  video  might  be  a  hard  bit  ..  let  me  try  next  time!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:44 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 nice  idea.
 
 Not  sure  if  misunderstood  your  plans  but  brass  or  aluminium  are  not  a  good  idea  near  a  reef  tank.
 
 regards,
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:04 am Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 heavy  metals  are  bad  for  reef..  but  aluminium  and  brass  are  not  heavy  metals  and  least  reactive  as  well..  but  i  will  silicone  coat  them  as  well  to  be  doubly  sure.  Waiting  for  7  days  of  test  run  to  finish!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:49 am Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Nice  going  Mithun  !!!  Does  the  sump  area  get  all  damp  because  of  the  constant  dripping  of  water  in  the  exposed  ATS  ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Fanstatic  to  see  lots  of  DIY  stuff  with  marine  setup..   Rock On
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:36 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 @Bettaji..  Yah  the  sump  cabinet  gets  pretty  humid..  also  due  to  trickling  down  ATS  the  evaporation  rate  is  very  high..  almost  10-15L  per  day.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:53 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Man  that  is  awesome  you  better  have  a  look  at  this  guy  also.  And  don't  you  think  red  leds  for  the  ats  is  better  than  white  ones.
             
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 I  believe  the  term  is  reef  junkie  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:39 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 I  dont  follow  Mark  Calahan..  Smile  nuff  said
 Yes  Red  spectrum  is  better  for  algae..  actually  not  the  cheap  RED  LEDs  but  wide  spectrum  deep  RED  grow  LEDs  to  be  specific..  Thats  in  my  list  too  for  future  upgrade  too..  The  ATS  is  in  test  phase  for  plumping  efficiency,  water  evaporation  etc..  If  everything  turns  out  nicely,  light  I  will  change  later..  That  why  I  didnt  spend  much  on  ATS  part  yet.  Whites  may  not  give  mad  algae  growth  but  pretty  OK  for  testing!
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I  dont  follow  Mark  Calahan..   nuff  said                  
 
 
 +1  to  that  :)
 
 @Mithun  you  may  also  experiment  on  the  efficiency  of  submerged  ATS  with  a  a  foot  long  airstone....  as  an  alternative  if  effective  that  should  take  care  of  your  evaporation  problem....
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