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5G/1.5G Tank Combination

This is a discussion on 5G/1.5G Tank Combination within the DIY Aquarium forums, part of the TFK Resources category; --> So this is what the cut wall looks like: CIMG2327.jpg It will look like this in the aquarium CIMG2328.jpg Sanding these parts were the ...

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5G/1.5G Tank Combination
Old 10-11-2010, 06:57 PM   #11
So this is what the cut wall looks like:

It will look like this in the aquarium

Sanding these parts were the most frustrating

After cutting, especially after a few in, the plastic gets flimsy so vibration from the cutter leaves these, almost teeth-like, edges and I had to file and sand them down. Filing too roughly will cause the plexi to chip as seen in the 3rd pic, and sanding it down smooth required hours of sitting in one place and patiently running sandpaper between the teeth. Even at 150 grit, it was a looooong job. I was afraid to use anything rougher since then it would just be the same as filing and I will, if I have time, get 400 and 600 wet-dry to make it smoother. That part will be optional since you wont be able to tell too much after u fill it with water. The bottom area has longer vertical entries because the substrate will be ~2 inches and i wanted to leave some space so snails could exit from the bottom too. I was gonna drill some holes but I wont risk that now since i think the plexi is too brittle for proper drilling. Also seems unnecessary if there is an exit up top and bottom.

Next part will be gutting the 1.5g tank :-/ this part will be much more risky and complicated than the refugium wall. The tank walls are thin and if the cuts arent exact, it will not weld and leak.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:59 PM   #12
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wow .... you did a nice job there...i dont have the steady hand to pull of that craftmanship...
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:28 PM   #13
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I think this is a really neat idea I am looking forward to seeing the finished project.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:30 PM   #14
Thx guys,

Unfortunately my hands are not steady enough, theres a few parts that really annoy me everytime i look at it :-/ but at least it didnt shatter. Theres also more scratches on the surface of the than i would like but the blue plastic was really in the way of seeing what i was doing so i had to take it off.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #15
So this project has hit a snag, while working on the 1.5 today, a miscalculation and lack of skill with a dremel has made the hole in the 1.5 far too large to fit over the 5g. So now I either have to,
a) sand the edges and weld on more acrylic to filli in the gaps, this would result in a strange random box structure in the 1.5g unit.
b) skip the 1.5g tank and place the waterfall into the 5g tank via a divider.

Option A would take far longer to do, but will maximize space in the 5g for the puffer. It would, however, have a strange box as mentioned before in the 1.5g that wouldnt really work with what i want for the 1.5g, i would have to totally change how I wanted the platform in the 1.5g.

Option B would be far quicker, to do. It would, however, reduce living space for the puffer to about 3 gallons. This options also affords a host of new options though. With the waterfall in the 5g, I can build a hood that will help with the evaporation. Moreover, a hood would allow me to place a light directly over the tank instead of having to use sunlight as originally planned. It would also be way more portable in the event that it needs to be moved.

I can do either, but I was wondering what everyone else thought about this? I really cant decide on which one is better :-/
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #16
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I am thinking A in the long run maybe better for the planned puffer just because almost everything I have researched says 5 gallon is the minimum for the dwarf puffer.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:07 AM   #17
Oh, this might make a difference, the filter on this tank will be the penguin 100, which does 100gph and thus will turn over the 5g 20 times in an hour of 18 times with the 1.5 g add-on.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:22 AM   #18
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That should be enough filteration I would say toss a coin to decide. LOL Not very scientific but it would be a way to chose. LOL
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:56 AM   #19
Well the other thing is option A would be better for the fish, but I would have to withdraw my entry into this competition for sure with it since measuring, and cutting the areas where i need to fill with acrylic will take at least 1 weekend. and the waterfall will be another weekend and the interior accents will be a 3rd weekend i think i only got 2 left... :-/
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #20
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Well if you did withdrawl from this months you could always enter again in the next one right? I personally would still go with option A just because I think it would be better for the fish even if you have lots of filteration.
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