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Old 02-18-2010, 12:43 PM   #31
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Nice work Dean! I was thinking along the same line as yours too, but the 1/4" OD stuff I have I'm afraid to bend too sharply, as the ID barely lets the reagent in as is. Will probably go pick up some 3/8" from TAP this week since I only live 5 mins away. Again, great job!
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:27 AM   #32
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what size should i get from TAP if i have a ehiem 2217 filter..,ehiem 2217 has two diffrent size plastic tubing...so im not sure which acrylic piping to get from TAP since il be ordering online.

i also have a fluval 405 that i will also be using...

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Old 02-21-2010, 07:17 AM   #33
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try finding a different place than tap, they overcharge by a lot now
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:24 AM   #34
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try finding a different place than tap, they overcharge by a lot now
i will. but do you know what size should i get for my 2217 and fluval 405?

im not sure if it will matter, but the 2217 has two diffrent hose sizes no?
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:41 PM   #35
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Not sure exactly what size the 2217 filter uses but Tap Plastics sells the tubing in 1/8" increments (1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 etc.). I'd just measure the outside diameter of the inflow and out flow tubes that came with the filter and order those same sizes.

I actually find Tap Plastics pretty reasonable price wise but I am not having to have the tubes shipped which could make a big difference. Check your area for a local Tap Plastics retail outlet, I think that they are a national franchise chain.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:08 AM   #36
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hey aquadean, was wondering if you can show how you sealed the end of the intake tube? you say its rounded...but from afar i think it looks nice enough
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:16 AM   #37
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Great job with that drop checker!
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:08 PM   #38
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I spent about 2.5 hours playing with acrylic tubes and a heat gun this morning, and my 8th attempt at a drop checker is the first that's worth showing. It's probably too darn tiny to actually be useful, but here goes:




It's misshapen and has bubbles, but it seems to be airtight. This one was made from 1/8" ID tubing with 1/16" walls. I sealed off the "sphere" by cutting the tubing off with a thin dremel cutting disc, sanding a flat spot, gluing a piece of 1/8" acrylic over the hole, sanding to shape with the dremel, wet sanding with successively finer sandpaper and finally flame polishing.

I have been unsuccessful in replicating this with larger diameter tubing, but I'll have to wait to try again. By the end my cheeks were very sore from blowing into the tubes. I have found that less heat and more pressure seems to work better. More heat tends to produce bubbles in the acrylic that make thin spots, which blow out easily and ruin the piece.

Just a note: I actually prefer brohawk's and aquadean's designs, but I am trying to make one for a friend who has a Fluval Edge and can't use an over-the-side style.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:27 AM   #39
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Great work Robotguy!
That is true artistry, and I hear ya about the sore cheeks. I tried once using my air compressor but kept just popping the bubbles out the side from too much pressure.

When you flame polished did you use a torch or other source of flame? I've tried that with my heat gun on high but didn't have very good results.

I did set up one of the bent drop checkers as an in tank one and it worked just fine. here is an image of it in the tank. It can be turned to the side for a lower profile but I turned it out for the picture.

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Old 03-07-2010, 03:56 AM   #40
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just read all 3 pages and wow, just blown away at how one person's idea inspires a chain of others that lead to other things such as robotguy's drop checker which is very nice maybe you could use it for like a 2.5g :P. You should think about selling lily pipes on the side you'd make some $_$ if you did some sort of advertising on this site.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:48 AM   #41
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Beautiful work. Lots of talented folks on this forum.
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:32 PM   #42
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I imagine the acrylic bits aren't as fragile as their glass counterparts. Bet you could make a little extra scrilla selling pieces here on TPT
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:14 AM   #43
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holly crap. I am sure that I won't be able to successfully create the parts that I need but oh well. It is worth trying.

thanks for the ideas
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:16 PM   #44
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had an idea for getting pressurized air in small quantities into the tube without getting sore cheeks. use a bicycle tire pump. should be about the right size to fit in the pump head and you could EASILY control the amount of air...
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:38 PM   #45
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Do they sell this acrylic tubes at local stores like Home Depot?
If not which websites sell them. I really wanted to try them out after seeing this.
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