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Old 03-22-2011, 07:28 AM   #1
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Recycled Tank, DIY setup

Well, the project has started. I fractured my shoulder blade at work, so have found myself with loads of time on my hands, (or hand, as it is at the minute!)

I'm recycling a tank from my friend, 65l, that he used to keep crickets in for his lizards. I have cleaned it up and sterilised it with antibac etc. (Pic 1)

As I'm looking to have this as an aquascape, I need some decent lighting. But I'm also a big fan of the minimal-equipment look... So here comes my first bit of tank DIY...
As you can see from the pics, the high intensity LED strip runs round the front of the tank and both sides, and will be used as a "viewing light". More light will be needed from the top to ensure healthy plans growth.
I was quite lucky with the size of the LED strip and the black rim on the top of the tank, as it conceals the lights perfectly from the outside! Also the wire is thin enough to run under the black rim, and down the seam if the tank, so is also hidden well, satisfying my hunger for hiding the equipment!!

Any further suggestions or criticisms welcome...

I'll keep the project running and obviously keep you guys updated!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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How waterproof is that LED strip? I'd hate to see you zap your fish.
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100%, already tested in a bowl. It's completely sealed down to the connection of wires, which is well below the bottom of the tank! That was my first thought!!
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Did you stick a voltmeter in the water? The LEDs may light up, but still be putting current in the water.
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No but I will now!
I've got an ampmeter which measures voltage! I'll have an experiment and see what I find! Hopefully all will be ok!
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All ready for my Christmas tree moss! Delivery due tomorrow so shall update with pics once the substrate and water is in too!
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Nice piece of wood! Is that going to be a moss tree? If you have trouble getting it to stand up, attach a piece of plexiglas to the bottom with a couple stainless screws and bury the plexiglas in the substrate.
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Yeah, it's gunna be my attempt at a moss tree...
Thanks for the stand idea, you've solved one of my problems that I was gunna ask!

The wood came as a good looking piece, but I gathered some twigs from the wood box at my local aquatics store, asked the shop keeper how much and he told me to out them in my pocket and say no more! SCORE! So I've attached a few more twigs just to support the moss a bit better!
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Plants have arrived... Still waiting on the substrate delivery??? Hmmmm

Will they be ok for a couple of days in a bright area, in the pots they were delivered in?
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Space them out so all the plants get some light and you should be good. Aquatic farmers often just let the potted plants sit in a bare tank to grow.
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