Thought I would start collecting my ideas and builds for this tank in an organized journal!
I am in the process of building my own stand which is near completion, you can find the build thread here
Everything is built, just waiting on hinges for the door to arrive. Decided on a honey maple gel stain for the maple plywood, it takes the stain nicely and I will finish with poly.
Filter & Heating:
Building my own canister filter. The cost was slightly less than a ready-made filter around the same size & power, however I didn't decide to make my own to save money..I enjoy DIY projects and I like having things built to my own specs. If I had bought all of the pieces at the same time from the same retailer I would have saved lots of money on shipping, but I'm an impulsive buyer
The outflow of the canister will lead straight into a DIY inline heating compartment that will take a 100W Fluval M heater.
I have all of the pieces ready to be put together. Just waiting on the heater to arrive so I can size some pieces to be correct.
Going pressurized. I bought a Victor VTS 253 C regulator on ebay for a decent price. I used CGA320.com
for the rest of the regulator pieces. Went with a clippard mouse solenoid and the NABCO NV-55-18 needle valve.
I bought a glass bubble counter, glass inline diffuser and a glass drop checker from CO2Art
. They have very good prices and it seems to be good quality. We will see when I set it all up. Has anyone used the supplied 4dkh/indicator mix from them that comes with the drop checker? The reviews say it is really 4dkh but I'm curious if it really
is or not..I'll probably just make my own.
Still pricing out CO2 tanks to see my best options in the area. Most likely going with a 5 or 10# tank..they should last pretty long with only a 17 gal.
The regulator is built but I snapped the plastic ring that holds the tubing onto the bubble counter ): so I ordered a nice brass ring instead.
Also coming up with ideas to secure the tank in my stand so it can't move around/be bumped or tip...any ideas are appreciated!