My DIY Pico

Discussion in 'Anything DIY Related' started by Franske, 18 Feb 2011.

  1. Franske

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    Okay guys so decided I want a small tank that I can keep in my hostel room and easily transport to another home over holidays so here is what ive cam up with

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    The dimensions wil be 30*20*20 cm
    Think I wil have some cheato and heater in first chamber
    Return pump (only water circulation) and some ceramics in second chamber
    Wil be using a bicolour 24w plc light
    The tank wil be built from 4 mm glass

    Any advice or corrections wil be gratly appreciated,or advice on filtration methods
    The first thing I need help with is how strong a circulation pump wil I be needing,the tanks volume wil be 12 liters of wich aprox a third is the sump

    I only want to keep some softies and mabey 2 - 3 inverts in the tank,also planing on a 3 liter (25%) waterchange every week,the tank wil be barebottom aswell (feels cleaner to me)
     
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  3. Atilla

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    When you building it? what do you study?
     
  4. Franske

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    Im studying mech bing,will be building it within the next 2 weeks why
     
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    Just curious. Are there any marine shops in Stellies?
     
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    And this one:p

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    The black gravel looks nice
     
  8. Franske

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    Yes want to go for something like that,no only one petshop but only sells bathwater fish,any advice on the water circulation needed plz
     
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    Went to the petshop yesterday and just couldnt resist rather buying the h20 curved glass tank,looks so neat,so here is what ive got going so far
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    Boyu 950 l/h pump for water circulation,wil be the only pump in the tank since the tank is only 26 liters think it would be sufficient,gives me 36.5 tank volume turnover per hour,what do you guys think?
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    Tank with light unit mounted,the light unit holds a 24 w pl tube,going to replace this tube with a 2 colourd one
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    Nice fluval 50 w heater.

    I decided to get a bit creative with the sump part in the back and whit im going to do is take egcrate and build a wall on it with bio and liverock,in the back chamber i wil be housing the heater,pump and some cheato,what do you guys think about it?
     
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    Franske, I've got two of those H2o curved glass tanks, and everyone I've spoken to about them say its just not worth it. Waynan on sark has had a few of even these little ones pop. They are sitting empty in my storage room... The problem is that they bend the glass corners over a much shorter time span (I think only 8 hours as opposed to boyus 24/48) Sorry just had to let you know bud...
     
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    Thanks for the heads up dane,just measured the glass thickness is 5 mm and ill probably only be butting in 20 l of total volume of whitch 5 kg wil be liverock meaning aprox 15 l water in this tank,the dimensions is 40x24x26,dunno what should I do now,any one else with some advice?
     
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    Took your advise after reading up some bit aswell and am busy building my own tank now,here is some progress so far
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    Leka strong little tank 6mm glass for a 20 liter,lol
     
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    Hahaha, its looking good! :) Glad you did the research. Its not the thickness but the bend thats the problem with the h20 tanks. Following your build - looking good! :)
     
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    first water test,gona leave it for 3 hours or so and if it doesnt leak wil be firing him up today
     
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    :yeahdude:
     
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    awesome
     
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    Okay so here is what ive got so far

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    My own spraybar going to spray over the ground surface alowing no sh*t to settle
    The eggcrate is for the mounting of the live and biorock to create a seperation,wil be housing some cheato behind the rock and crate,how does it look so far?
     
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    Looking realy good! Interesting design...gonna tag for this...

    Are you not worried about the spray bar lifting your sand/substrate? or are your not useing substrate?
     
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    Looking good :)

    I really think on such a small tank one has to make a little fuge to sit behind the tank, this you can stick your heater in, and whatever filter media you plan on using. Any plans for this franske? or are you sectioning off compartments? - same thing to me.

    I don't really understand what you mean with the eggcrate - is it going on the base of the tank, and then you are creating a rock wall by glueing pieces? that would look rad (and negate my first comment).

    And please tell me you're not going bare bottom!
     
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    Yes I am going barebottom so thats why the spray bar wont mind.The eggcrate is going to create the compartment for the back and yes I am going to put cheato in there,im going to build a wall/divider with liverock and biorock on the egrate using it to create my fuge at the back
     
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