Minor Speculation (Shawn's 2gal.)

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  1. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

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    Picked up a 2g Fluval Spec yesterday. I'm taking my time with this one. Many modifications going on. If someone runs across any good ideas for these (lighting, filtration,..etc) please let me know. Especially if there's an ato small enough to fit.

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  2. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Well picked up a fixture today at Home Depot. Figured I'd mess around with it a little.
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    I had an old display wall light I've been thinking of doing something with.
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    This is what I ended up with. The glass is pretty heavy, but I wanted to try to match the frosted glass look.
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  3. whippetguy

    whippetguy Super Moderator

    Looks cool



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  4. Andy

    Andy Guest

    That will be a nice kitchen display
     
  5. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Ordered my light for this thing. It's a 9w led. 2 whites and a royal blue. Wasn't the greatest bulb but not bad for $12. And small enough for what I'm trying to do.

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  6. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

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    Think this will be all the rock I use. I wanna go very simple with this. Still trying to decide if I want to go bare bottom or black sand.
     
  7. gregnlr

    gregnlr Grouper

    I like the tall stack
     
  8. whippetguy

    whippetguy Super Moderator

    I like that rock formation as well.



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  9. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    I just took four pieces of rubble I had in my old refugium and glued them together. That's why I love little tanks.
     
  10. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member

    Hiya,

    Try bare bottom first. Less chance to get waste build up. If you don't like it, you can always add substrate.

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  11. ljinks

    ljinks Tang

    just a suggestion.. you said the glass of light was heavy... recut it out of acrylic and use that frosting spray to recreate the look of the original glass box shade

    you could even make the acylic one a bit longer if needed to hide the bulb.

    heck you might even be able to find a new square plastic one at homedepot or lowes for cheap
     
  12. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Yeah I'm going to have to make another Home Depot trip. I really like the light but the glass is just so thick, I wasn't sure how it would hold up.
     
  13. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Minor Speculation.

    So I took pieces from the original fixture and an old Solana fixture and made this
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  14. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    Very cool! Doesn't look diy at all.

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  15. monkeybone87

    monkeybone87 Administrator Staff Member

    That looks awesome!!!! Love how this tank is coming together.
     
  16. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    Details please. Love this!

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  17. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    My new pump came in. The spec came with a 40gph pump. The space to fit it in is 2"x1 7/8". I finally ordered a rio 90, it is 2x2 1/8. So I had to take the front and back cover of the pump and do a little sanding to it to get it in but I finally got it. Now 80gph

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    Been cycling a week now.
     
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  18. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    My makeshift ato until I figure out how I'll make a permanent one that will fit. Yep a hamster water bottle I just took out the stainless steel shaft and instant $2.50 auto top off, for now.
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  19. rayzback

    rayzback Plankton

    Coming along great! Have you seen the nano skimmers made from plastic water bottles? Might work for you.

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  20. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Haha..., I have seen them, and I've seen people make some pretty small ones with acrylic tubes but I think am going to just stick with weekly water changes rather than have too much equipment all over this thing.


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