Great looking rott
Yes, isn't he? I wish he lived here, with me, as I could use a big ottoman to go with my sofa. Rotts are much better suited as ottomans than Germans, that are not as bulky.
Well, let's see...
DK's been fooling around, not finishing the posts on the "current" project. HA
In the meantime, Shrimplantis has arisen about another inch, like a growing green volcano. Soon it will be flowing with microbaby shrimp.
So, back to the topic at hand. (BSCLL project, conclusion).
So, the biggest hurdle was that the tank was not accessible, except through the base false back. This was quite the trick, between DK and Shrimptern 2.0, having to spend much too much time fooling around finding suitable anchoring points with suitable clearance for tools, such that the back rails could be mounted adequately and leveled properly. DK shan't bore you with all the gory details, but suffice it to say it took the entire Shrimpternship 2.0 week and then a few weeks until it was right.
There were many, many fittings, shim-ings, pre-drillings, lag boltings, levelings, etc., that week.
And an entire batch of those super destruction by chocolate chunky cookies.
The rails, once mounted and leveled (plumbed, actually), were mounted then with the drawer slides, vertically. Other bits and pieces were added to allow for the mounting of the canopy lid onto the drawer slides.
Then, it was a matter of pulleys, cord, a suitable counter-weight, balancing the system, and
a little extra touch - a gizmo to pull up the twinwall lids automatically when the canopy is elevated.
When all was said and done, DK was tickled, as she now can use a single fingertip
to raise and lower that canopy and twinwall at once, giving her quite good tank access WHILE well lit! (And thus was named the Broke Student Crystal Lid Levitation - BSCLL - project)
Yeah, she knows it's crude, but it was so much fun to do, and you can't believe how slick it is to lift that sucker up with a fingertip and watch it stay in place
And she's gotten lazy, so has condensed a buncha stuff into this last post, because, well, she has other stuff going on here and is about to embark on the next thing....