Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lea County, New Mexico
Thanks! It may be hard to tell by my crapy smartphone pics but I made the canopy 10" tall for extra room to do maintainence. I can reach every bottom corner of the tank but I am 6' 3" so the design might not be good for everyone. I can do anything short of adding or removing driftwood without pulling the canopy. I recently made a temporary fan controller out of old computer parts I had in storage. It consists of a 120v to 12v transformer, diode bridge rectifier, DC voltage regulator, and a smoothing capacitor. I'm currently using two small nearly silent video card fans to circulate the air around the lights. One of these days when I'm not working 80hrs a week (I'm an industrial electrician by trade) I will install some 80mm fans into the removable back panel to pull out the hot air and put the electronics in a sealed box. As of now the ambient temp inside the canopy is about 85 degrees and I think I can live with that for now.