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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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help make it rain

I am trying to set up a rain system in my tank , and i am having trouble figuring how to set up a diy rain system . any ideas / pointers ?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 09:25 AM
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You'll need a pump and tubing overhead with very SMALL holes drilled into it. The flow must be weak or it will start streaming down. Try polyethylene tubing since it's very firm and easy to work with.
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Here's some inspiration for you, and maybe you can contact the OP and he'll share some of his secrets with you:
DIY - Island Paludarium 360░ A to Z - 40" x 40" x 28" - 185 Gal
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Interesting idea!
Have you more details on what "rain" means to you? Continuos or intermit. ? Slow drip or heavy spray? Might be lots of ways, depending on what you want to see.
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i was thinking a slow drip rain on a timer for a hour a day or so i have a small pump i can use , i am trying to figure how to set up the rain system on a lidless tank without it looking bad
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Sounds like a cool idea, hmmm maybe you can do something with a spray bar.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-24-2014, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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a spray bar could work hmm
here is a link with the tank for reference on what im working with
new 29 gallon set up

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A handful of .5 Gallon per hour drip emitters on a custom 1/2" cpvc manifold if you want drips.

Microsprayers if you want more of a mist effect.

The hard part is going to be hiding the plumbing. You're going to have a lot of it over the tank.

Personally, I would go with a microsprayer or two in the center, with drip emitters in a grid everywhere. Use valves to adjust from a slight, wet fog to a full blown monsoon.

Lowes has everything you need, or you can fleabay it all.
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This is actually a great idea, to have one built into a hood, instead of an auto water changer. Have an overflow box to run through an ro unit, back into a reseviour, and just recycle the water. A daily water changing creating natural conditions and could likely get more species of fish and shrimp to spawn. Pirranas, cories, betas, a lot of heavy tropical areas where fish come from this is the likely time for them to spawn. Once you figure it out let us all know! I would love to do this in the future

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Small fountain pump, using small black tubing. Run the tubing out of the tank up a support and come back down the light hangers and let it "rain" from the lights back into the tank. Use a small ballcock to set the flow, a timer to control the pump. Consider a ring around the bottom of the lights so you can have multiple drip spots? Small mag pumps are not harmed by restricted flow so if it sucks in leaves , etc. it just stops dripping.
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