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Old 09-11-2009, 09:52 AM   #11
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i am aware of that fact and also of thegab site

I will mostly use fast growing plants to compesate for any eating and the plants will have more than enough time to develop roots to avoid uprooting (they are far too small to be able to do that now)

Also here is one thing that i have been hearing:
If you make sure that the goldfish has enough green in its diet, it is more likely to leave your plants alone. For that reason i plan to make my own food for goldfish (thegab also has some great recipes available)

my only concern for now though is that i will have lots of light in my tank but i dont have a CO2 injection atm...So i will have to make a DIY one or try to scavenge one for a good price
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:42 PM   #12
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wow giannis, that is an incredible looking tank. you have some awesome diy skills
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Wow.. thats some amazing work... you got skillz
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:07 PM   #14
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Here is a little update

Progress on the canopy!

Wiring diagram


tl bulbs installed - no cable management yet!


Closeup op connections & heatshrinks


enjoy!
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:11 AM   #15
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Small Update
Fans wired and installed

Pads to reduce vibration


DIY el cheapo fan holders - OPEN


DIY el cheapo fan holders - CLOSED
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:39 PM   #16
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Yet another update! (final one for today lol)

Cable management done! Bulbs installed



Closeup
Only Stainless steel screws were used!
Green/Yellow wires for grounding the reflector that i will use


Stupid that i didnt think of it before...Will need to do some patching here


Canopy on aquarium - Semi open
Used some scrap wood sticks to hold it open. I will make a similar mechanism for it soon.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:38 AM   #17
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Here is an update

I installed the lighting outside of the aquarium and took some pictures

Connections on the ballast


Lighting. I made the photo much darker than it was so that you can see the bulbs and the light easier


After this i will focus on removing those scratches from the glass and get this thing filled with fish
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:56 AM   #18
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its been a while after my last update but here it is!

I moved the aquarium and stand from the basement to my house (3rd floor)
OMG the stand was heavy!

The surface of my diy stand wasnt what i would call straight
Thats when i figured that Styrofoam is your best friend!
My problem: styrofoam would stand out and make the whole look ugly
So i came up with this:

Thy Styrofoam dressinator!



Turned around


Aquarium on top


Closeup


DIY Styrofoam Test Kit holder!


Inside of the Stand (still need to put the pumps, CO2 etc in it. Note the plastic holder for the test kit charts)
Funny enough, the 2 big bottles fit on the side so i said to myself wth! another space saver!


More updates very soon!
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Just be careful with that styrofoam... ive seen alot of tanks cracked because of it... i think the way youve got yours would be better than they ones ive seen that cracked tanks, but make sure that only the trim is touching the foam and not the glass
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The styrofoam will compress and eventually be touching the glass. Not a good idea IMO....Better to replace the piece of wood on top of the stand with one that is flat, or a piece of slate....etc..
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