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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by wackystarfish, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. wackystarfish

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    I would have done, but i dont know how to attach the light caps to the hood :S Im a DIY a phobe xD I figured that it might be simpler if i just get a new center hood thing
     
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    what hood is it ?

    if it is the standard juwel hood then you could use the existing t8's as actinic's which have a better surface area for them

    then their are a couple of ways to go silicone a light fitting like this one in place
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    or drill a little hole and attach the the twist clip through it and it will hold in place

    or a little black pvc bolt and attach the arcadia one's to the flaps
     
  3. wackystarfish

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    Is siliconing hard to do? And does it have to be aquarium friendly stuff? Also, is there much chance that something would go wrong and it would fall in the tank? BASICALLY can an idiot do it XD!!!!
    We dont have a drill so we couldnt do that! It is the standard black plasticy one. The plan was to use the old T8's as actinics anyway :)
    Thankyou so much for your help!!!! Finlay
     
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    I with you on that one o[[[ Im afraid of anything DIY and fish tank. Im keeping well up to date with your post. Seeking your advice in mine when you get a chance (really should have it in help and advice) :oops:
     
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    Will pop over there and have a look now :) Its great to have someone with the same tank at the same stage :D
     
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    I think im going to follow you with a refugium and go on recommendation from Kbekl as well. :lol:
     
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    Have posted :)
    Throughout this project; i keep casting my mind back 'Why didnt i just get the orca!' but i have to remind myself that in the long run, all this hassle will be worth it! Il have my own personalised tank that i will be able to be proud of :)
     
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    two ways of doing the hole way get a sharp blade or knife and rotate the knife where you want it to go and you will have a hole not a tidy one but a bit of sanding will cure that or use a hot poker heated on the cooker will be neater this way

    silicone can be done by an idiot i managed it lol

    silicone holds your tank together so should be strong enought the other option is to use super glue or a glue gun

    aqua silicone should be used really as it can get condensation on it and drip back into the tank

    if you go the silicone way use aquamate it is about £3 for a tube rough up the fitting and hood where you will apply it with sand paper to allow the silicone to grab ahold and then allow to cure for 48hrs with the clip in the air then should be ready to go
     
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    Cheers, i owe you £30 xD
     
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    Good luck with the lights :--
     
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    Fin I have a drill mate .
     
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    if you have any probs let me know i will try to help as best i can via the net

    or post them in a sae envalope to me and i will do it for you if time wise you are ok
     
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    Thats a very kind offer, but i think it would be quite hard to post them due to the size XD
     
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    Woohoo!! This tank is OFFICIALLY GOING SALTY!!!
    Took about four hours scraping out all the gravel + eco complete, moving the inmates - draining - scrubbing the algae, taking out the filter box (suprisingly easy)
    AND!!!
    My skimmer has arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Got a lot of coraline on it - how do i clean it off?


    Pics up as soon as the stupid computer recognises the camera >.>
     
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    [​IMG]

    - Draining the tank

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    - All nice and tidy now :D

    -The inmates not very happy about their new lodgings - Plants going off ASAP to buyer
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    Some Skimmer Pics
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    I would be looking to upgrade the skimmer if you can, they are only really designed for nano tanks and yours is a little bigger. If it was me I would look at the MEC300 from Deltec. I think that v2 nano will struggle tbh.
     
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    It will do in the short term - i dont have enough money to go for the big and flashy ones; i will be meticulate with my water changes.
     
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    No worries, if you have good flow through the rock and good filtration it can be questioned if you need one at all (berlin method)

    Looking forward to the build mate.
     
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    Exactly, and for someone who wasnt going to include one at all - anything is a benifit! :lol:
    As you can see in the drained tank pic, where the filterbox was are some black silicony marks, anyone know how to get them off?
     
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    Looking good :)) How are your purchases coming along? PS What powerheads did you go with?
     
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