New 1.6g Pico tank build

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New 1.6g Pico tank build

Postby gigaah on Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:34 pm

This pico will be will be 10x6x6LW. the "fuge" area will be 2x6x10 and instead of a fuge it will be an algae scrubber. I've had a ton of success with these on my larger tanks and using one here allows for really nice form factor.

My PLAN is to have the whole unit sealed. A lip on the top with a seal (probably silicone) If can pull it off with out problems. The water level will touching the lid of the tank so you can see straight down into the tank from the top. ..that would be pretty cool imo. also to minimize any evaporation

I did not put it in the drawing but I'm currently planning on having a small round hole in the top of the lid that closes up for feeding.
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Re: New 1.6g Pico tank build

Postby gigaah on Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:36 pm

Everything is a pretty tight fit. The back area is only 2x10.

I still have to get the back on. and work on the sealed/removable top.

I'd like to personally thank aqueon for making a HOB filter with a pump that is so easy to use for other purposes. lol

I havn't started on the tank lights. but i'm currently planning on about 10w worth of LED.
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partially constructed tank
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Equipment area with algae screen, pump, and heater.
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heatsink/fan for scrubber lights
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Re: New 1.6g Pico tank build

Postby Sula on Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:05 pm

Fun project! Keep those pictures coming! :D
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Re: New 1.6g Pico tank build

Postby gigaah on Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:20 pm

12hr work day. However, I DID managed to get the back blacked out. And put on. So it looks like a fish tank. You can see the service hatch I made.
Obviously my Dremel tool was arguing with me when I was cutting. But its not an issue functionality wise.

Tomorrow I will leak test the back area.(prays) it'll take some Chinese contortionist/ninja skills to get in there with silicone if it is not sealed properly.
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Re: New 1.6g Pico tank build

Postby gigaah on Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:57 am

pictures of the tank. Just started cycling. Functionally its complete. Still a black border to put along the top and corners. I only have one of the two display lights finished. You can see Straight down thru the top as I had planned. I will probably need either a 1/4" acrylic or glass top. The one I have now will warp because its quite thin.
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