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I like that tank!
Did they use "black" acrylic (as opposed to clear) for the back?
No more images of stuff in bags, we ...
I should be able to get a bunch of pictures up in the next few days as I document the build. Going to build and test the CO2 reactor first. If there are no surprises there I'll go ahead and build the rest of the filter. All that's left to do after that is the light.
Knocked out some easy plumbing this afternoon. The small one is the intake, it just holds the pre filter and will empty into the mechanical filtration chamber. Longer piece is the return, the last 90 is just lightly pressed on so I can turn it every few days to mix up the flow a bit. All pieces are sanded up really rough, I'm going to try to get some of the moss to grow on them and cover them. I'll also be spray painting them all black so they blend into the back.
Sorry for the flowers, my regular bedspread is packed lol
The reducing fittings for the CO2 reactor were just a little too big around to fit into the polycarbonate tube. So my dad and I found some spare parts out in the shop that let us chuck them up in the drill press and sand them down. Like a poor man's lathe . Also cut the polycarb tube to length. Next we cut the aluminum channel for the light fixture, cleaned up the cut and wet sanded the whole thing. It looks super nice, great finish.
After that I dry fit all the plumbing and stuck it all in the tank to test out the reactor. It works great, bubble retention is excellent. Whole thing is very quiet, and the bubble are pretty
Next I need to dry out and glue the plumbing. Cut the acrylic sheets for the filter chambers. Bond and solder all the LEDs, and finally glue in the plumbing and filter plates. I'll keep updating as I go, let me know if there are any questions.
I did all the electrical stuff for the light last night.
Cleaned the aluminum channel and diode heatsinks with alcohol. Mixed up the thermal epoxy and bonded them together. Went straight down the line an soldered them all together in series. Finished up the string by soldering on a connector for the driver. Soldered an old electrical cord to the AC side of the driver and Voila! Instant LED Fixture. I haven't started work on the mount for the light, I'll do that at the shop at school.
I'm still concerned about the driftwood, it's still fuzzy. But the water doesn't discolor at all, so I don't feel like I'm going to have any problems with tannins once I get it into the tank. From what I have read, the wood usually gets fuzzy for a while at first but then it dies off as the tank gets more established. I think I'm going to stop soaking it. When I set up the tank I'll just plant it and add the mts, then wait for the fuzz to go away before adding any other livestock. Thoughts?