Josh Blaylock's 125 gallon stream tank. Build and updates.
Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:03 AM
I thought I fixed the filter air probelm, but I'm still having issues. I'm thinking of buying a new one. I can't figure out where the air is coming in. The air coming in has slowed, but it still gets airlock.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:27 PM
Stand: This is basically finished. The doors are completed for the front, but I won't be picking them up for another couple weeks. They will just need a few coats of paint and the stand will be done. I am going to mount 2 surge protectors on the back corner wall tomorrow, I forgot to pick them up today at lowes.
Rear: I currently use a LED headlamp when working in my current stand, so I thought it would be a good idea to add some lights to this one.
Canopy: I have the boxed portion complete. I haven't painted it yet. The outside will be black. The inside will be white with a coat of gloss polyurethane for light reflecting and sealing. I have 2 dual lights to use inside. I am going to attach a plastic mesh to the open back to keep fish from jumping out. I think I will add a small CPU fan to run when the lights are on for extra cooling.
Would it be best to screw the hinges in with short screws (the boards are 1x10 & 1x12), or should I drill through and bolt them on?
Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:23 PM
For ventilation I like two fans - 1 on each end of the hood. 1 pulls air in, 1 pulls air out.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:44 PM
Posted 02 January 2011 - 12:58 AM
I plan on using those hinges. I had to order them online to get them in black. How loud are those cpu fans?
The larger they are the quieter.
P.S. You can get black hinges by spray-painting the ones you buy at Home Depot.
Edited by Irate Mormon, 02 January 2011 - 12:59 AM.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:08 AM
also are your lights going to attach to the front half or the back half? Easier if you keep them on the stationary back half. But then that is another reason why I keep the front portion smaller... so the lights can stay more towards the center (front to back) of the tank.
Agree with Irate on the hinge... I know you are going for all black look, but a single hinge (and on top of the canopy where only the tallest (not me) will see the top anyway... I would go (well actually I did go with the one I built) with the durability over the long haul of a piano hinge.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:14 AM
As far as the size of the lid, I wanted it bigger. I wanted to allow for easier access to the inside of the tank. I realize it will hit the wall behind the tank, my current setup does this too. I plan to use a strap to hold it open, see page 1. I do plan on mounting a light on both the front and rear piece. Here is my current setup, it works for me so I modeled this canopy from it.
I'm not sure how well the strapping will work yet, I may have to go with a door stop or something similar. I'm concerned that the strap won't hold the weight. I have actually looked about some spring/strut mechanisms that would mount to the inside, but they are expensive. When I originally looked at hinges, I was going to do the piano hinge, but I think these will work just fine. These are 4 heavy duty hinges, they should last a long time.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 06:46 PM
Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:05 PM
I painted the inside of the canopy with 3 coats of white today. Tomorrow I am going to add the polyurethane to seal the inside.
Stand: I mounted 2 surge protectors on opposite sides
Canopy: Inside painted
Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:16 PM
I love DIY aquarium projects.
Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:16 PM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:02 AM
Irate suggested one fan blowing in and one sucking air out. I agree that this is the preferred set up under a somewhat sealed hood. Since your hood is open along the back it might be best to mount two fans on the ends of the hood blowing lengthwise across your light fixtures. You can cap the holes with Lizard Lounge vents like this:
Either way, if you just create some air flow across your lights you can tell a big difference.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 03:01 PM
I ordered a right and left of these for the support. I think (and hope) they will work.
Edited by jblaylock, 05 January 2011 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 03:02 PM
Photos: (I took one of my two black two foot long lights off to photograph one of the black ones and the four foot long silver one)
http://img.photobuck...imiru/032-2.jpg <-- Heated air is free to escape from side of silver light
http://img.photobuck...imiru/037-1.jpg <-- Silver light rests on tank edge
http://img.photobuck...imiru/027-2.jpg <-- Silver light rests on middle brace of tank, front is covered with black-casing lights, back is open to air
My fish don't jump out. Well, that I know of. *looks behind tank* Nope.
A few open hole sections in the canopy would allow humid heated air to flow out into the room by natural convection. The only downside to that is that if you have a whole room of tanks, the humid air can cause mildew. But you're installing fans to do the same thing anyway.
Edited by EricaWieser, 06 January 2011 - 03:13 PM.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 05:15 PM
If you live in a house with a significant other, then you have to make the top of your tank look presentable to the important non-fish obsessed person in the house.
These are things that may not be as apparent to you in your current dorm room life, but trust me, they can become very important!
Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:12 PM
Also, if you have kids its much harder for them to open the lid and "feed" the fish when you're not looking.
Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:01 AM
I have about 4 coats of black paint on it now. I will be mounting the lights and hinges tomorrow. The canopy will only lack the lid stays, fans, and the netting on the back. I will have to transfer the moonlights to this tank, but not until it's nearly ready to setup.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:17 PM
I had lights to mount, but I bought the wrong ones. The ones I have need to be hard wired in and I really dont want to wire up a plug to these. I am going to buy two lights this week or weekend. Also, I will be picking up the cabinet doors this weekend.
More updates to come. I hope to get the lights mounted and the cabinet doors on this weekend, but I'm not sure if I will have time.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:44 PM
I was worried that with the light attached to the lid it would slam shut with the weight. But, after looking at the pic from the side, I suppose the laws of gravity won't let that happen. Since it's leaning toward the rear, it would fall that way, but the lid stays will hold it open....but that light will be right in my face.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:48 PM
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