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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Hood with Cooling

I thought I would make a thread for a hood I am building. This hood is going on a 20H that will be a low tech home for rcs. This tank will have a ton of diy. The stand, hood/canopy, and filter are all diy.

I started the build with a 1x2 frame and skinned it with 1/2" plywood. Lighting will be 2 18" t8 fluorescent tubes. I am taking the reflectors, ballasts, and starters from two standard aquarium lights and mounting them inside the hood. The tubes are going to be zoomed flora sun and tropic sun. The lights will be wired into a single switch mounted on the back of the hood and that switch will be plugged into a timer. The inside of the hood will be painted flat white and I will line the inside of the reflectors with foil tape.

This hood will have a cooling system. The heart of the cooling system is an inkbird controller with both a heat and cooling side. Cooling will be provided by 4 pc fans. Two fans will be mounted at each end of the hood and will be faced so they blow in. The fans will be wired to a single 13.5 volt, 1 amp dc power supply plugged into the inkbird. I will drill two holes that are 2" diameter in the top of the hood toward the back to provide heated air an escape route.

Here is a pic of the hood as it sits while being trial fitted.

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Looks good so far

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@MCSLABS Thansk. Tomorrow I will get the fan holes drilled and get the inside painted. Once I get the fans and lights mounted I will post some more pics of the hood.

I have little money invested in this. The plywood came from lowes as scraps, cost me 5 bucks, and they even cut it for me. Total cost on this hood including new fluorescent tubes is about 40 bucks, maybe even less.

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I'm all for building something from nothing. I got the wood for my hood out of a dumpster from a construction site.

I'm still toying with the idea of fiber optics for the nano tank, not sure whether to just buy the acrylic rods or make them myself. As a means to keeping the plants alive I did buy a $5 work light and put a t2 philips bulb in it.

I like how the work light fits right on top of the tank
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Me to. Ive said it before I dont worry about perfect. I'm no carpenter and if it works from a cost and function standpoint I am happy. I try to make stuff look as good as possible and the more I do it the better I am getting at it. I have a journal for this tank. I will post progress on the hood here and once I get the tank filled and the filter running I will post the complete setup over there.

Bump: That little rig looks nice!
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I'm hoping I wasn't to late to get the grass growing again, apparently it takes a lot of light for that stuff.

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Looks great. I really like that dark rock you have in there.
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Petsmart, the grand kid picked it out, it was either that or a fluorescent green stringy thingy he was eyeballing
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Petsmart, the grand kid picked it out, it was either that or a fluorescent green stringy thingy he was eyeballing
That made me laugh out loud. Our first grand child was born a month ago. Sorry kid I love ya but no green stringy things for the aquarium.
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Maybe some red plastic shapes for the tank? I learned to figure it is their tank. As long as it doesn't keep the fish awake, I'm up for whatever they like.
Question about the little nano? Is there any problem with heat or some way for it to escape at the top? On the DOOD's, I was wondering how having the ballast outside the canopy might work? I stripped one out of a light and hung it on the back to get better airflow. May be no problem anyway but it might help in the future? Seems like the ballast was the hottest part.
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Maybe some red plastic shapes for the tank? I learned to figure it is their tank. As long as it doesn't keep the fish awake, I'm up for whatever they like.
Question about the little nano? Is there any problem with heat or some way for it to escape at the top? On the DOOD's, I was wondering how having the ballast outside the canopy might work? I stripped one out of a light and hung it on the back to get better airflow. May be no problem anyway but it might help in the future? Seems like the ballast was the hottest part.
Ive thought about this. This setup will have two ballast so even more heat. I may very well take your suggestion. My house gets hot during the summer and this tank will have rcs in it so I need to make the cooling as efficient as possible. If mounting the ballast outside equals a degree or two it is worth it.

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I forgot I made this thread. Here are some pics of the ooling system. Lighting is just about wired up.





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Looks good.

Somehow get some surface agitation to increase evaporation which will increase the cooling effect. Maybe put an air wand on the side of the incoming air.
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Hood is looking good. With 4 fans you should have no problem keeping the air above the water fresh.


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Looks good.

Somehow get some surface agitation to increase evaporation which will increase the cooling effect. Maybe put an air wand on the side of the incoming air.
I dont think I will need to but I might. There is a hole in the very top, in the back center. I can feel air coming out of it with no fans running.
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