Switching a 29g tank from a full blown aquarium to a Riparium w/ some perks. Now I'm doing this using equipment that I already have and have established that my equipment list is really bulky for a riparium. I'm aware that this is overkill but regardless it's going to work because I want it to work ! Going w/ a small footprint but I want large impact. My ultimate goal is to have this system set up so that as water is evaporated it is replaced by a "storm" that will "rain" water into the tank.
T5HO Lighting fixture, Eheim 2217, Marineland 350, 29g Acrylic aquarium, UV sterilizer (in line), Heater (In line), Ultimate GLA C02 system w/ in line diffuser
Problem #1: My Lighting system is not set up to be a system that dims on demand. This is my current lighting system:
Now I want to make it so that I can hook the fixture up to a timer or something similar and make it dim whenever I set it to. This is going to have to work in conjunction with 3 or 4 other items to get the desired effect I want. To top it all off I'm not exactly a master electrician. This is going to require some ingenuity on my part.
Problem #2: The aquarium is acrylic not glass. Yet I would prefer to drill 2 holes in the bottom of the tank for the filter (1 in and 1 out) so that I can keep the visible equipment as minimal as possible. I think using both filters on this build would be overkill and unnecessary. So we're only going to use 1. Is this possible ? What sort of bit would I need ?
Problem #3: I plan on making a device to make it seem like its raining in the tank. Obviously also needs to be on a timer. My first idea was to use a water basin filled w/ RO water, a powerhead, tubing, and a piece of acrylic with small holes drilled into it that would be placed just under the inner lip of the aquarium. That way the water would get pulled from the basin onto the acrylic and would drip down into aquarium. Giving it the illusion of rain. Makes sense in my head. Whether or not it'll work is another story. Open to suggestions here.
Problem #4: Need a device that will simulate fog. I've seen it done but not on this small of a scale. Not quite sure how to tackle this yet. Need to research further.
Problem #5: How to simulate the actual lightning and thunder should be the easiest part of all this. Thunder will be produced by some sort of speaker. Be clutch if I could get one of those natures noise makers hooked up to a timer ... Lightning could be a bit more tricky. Strobe lighting on a timer possibly ?
As you can see I clearly have my work cut out for me. I'm determined to make this work though ! I'm just going to need to have a lot of questions answered a long the way and some expert advice as well. Here's hoping and as always thanks for your help in advance !