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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-07-2006, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Sietch's DIY new project: 2.1Gal Nano Cube

Hello everybody !

I'd like to share with you some pics of my next project !

After finishing and planting my 120 gallons tank, I had nothing to do but looking at the plant growing and start think about a nano !

I was inspeired by many graet nanos here, especialy the one built by Anti-Pjerrot, but after many test in design I did not keep the idea of integrated filter...may be next time...

So I decided to go for a cube, 20x20x20 cms (8x8x8 inches approx.)
Net capacity around 5.5 liters

I glued the cube with 4mm glass:



Then I wanted to build a kind of Nano cabinet to hold the light and related electrical.
I have built a model of it out of depron to figure out how this could look before I build the actual "thing", here are some pics:





and the 9W PC light I'd like to use :



What do you think ?

Any ideas for improvment ?

Any idea or comment is most welcome !

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I was inspeired by many graet nanos here, especialy the one built by Anti-Pjerrot, but after many test in design I did not keep the idea of integrated filter...may be next time...
- thanks Sietch

Its gonna look awsome! And i like the idea with the stand/lamp. My design lacked a stand, and you are gonna be pleased with one! Just make sure its waterproof !

From 2.1gal Nano to 14gal:


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Looks nice, get a nice reflector and use 2 of those lamps.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Wow, that's a really cool idea. I'd kind of like to have a setup like that. Maybe I can con the wife into letting me build a 12" cube and stand like that Of course, it'd be tough to build the stand in an apartment without powertools....

Looks good. I agree with SCMurphy, I'd go for 2x9w as well.

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Its gonna look awsome! And i like the idea with the stand/lamp. My design lacked a stand, and you are gonna be pleased with one! Just make sure its waterproof !
I hope so but I am not at the aquascaping stage yet...

For the "stand" i think it will be built out of MDF, which means I have to make sure it is really waterproof !

For finshing I have several ideas :

- Varnish
- White paint glossy
- Red paint glossy
- Black paint glossy

If I go the paint route I will try to do a "perfect" finish as a chinese lacquer...

Any thoughts ???

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Looks nice, get a nice reflector and use 2 of those lamps.
Thanks SC !

Two 9W lamps for 5.5 liters ???
Don't you think it is too much ?
Do you have experience on that ?

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Wow, that's a really cool idea. I'd kind of like to have a setup like that. Maybe I can con the wife into letting me build a 12" cube and stand like that Of course, it'd be tough to build the stand in an apartment without powertools....

Looks good. I agree with SCMurphy, I'd go for 2x9w as well.
You can always have you wood pieces cut at size and just have to glue them together !
But still you will have to get your wife out of the kitchen for the varnish/paint stage of the project
Sounds familiar to me

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Hello !

Project is progressing....slowly

Here is a pic of the first prototype...
It's made out of MDF and varnished with polyuréthane.



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Looks really good, I'd have to agree with the folks say 18 watts. You have a little more leeway with 18 watts than with 9 and will get better growth in my opinion. You can always run it on 2 timers, 9 w in the morning, 18 at noon and then back to 9 in the evening. You might also consider one of the small ADA CO2 canisters to fit into the open space in the middle of your light to give you some CO2. What kind of filtration are you going to be using as well as the livestock you plan on keeping? Just want to re-iterate that your design is very well done, and that id have to say that i think black would look the most flattering for color choice on the stand.
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very impressive Sietch! inspiring indeed. Ive wanted to build myslef a nano similar to that for sometime but ive not yet had the opportunity or time to get around to it--full time college work and a regular good ole' job will do that!

good luck with it--ill post some ideas soon that could work very well for you.

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Very nice "Coffee Maker" Design, I like it! Is that White glass, or Acrylic? I do believe that Black or white would look nice on that stand. Where did you find the PC fixture & bulb like that? I have seen "screw in types" but, none like that yet... (maybe I'm lookin in the wrong places... LOL!) Very Slick look to the whole project. I still want to do someting like this for my office here at work.

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Sietch, it's looking good. I really like that design.

I hope you don't mind, I liked it so much I'm trying to build something similar myself (keyword "trying" there)

I would go with black for the "stand/canopy." It would look much sleeker IMHO.

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Beautiful job! Does the filter go between the legs of the light fixture? I can't get a feel for the scale of this, so I'm not sure where it would fit. All of these great jobs making nano tanks have me just drooling over the idea of making one myself.

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Thanks, I am thinking of the 18 watts....it is a lot of light but will see...

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Go ahead and build youself one !
It's really small and you don not need a lot of space...

Aquamanx, I like the idea of the "coffee maker design"
I haven't think about it myself but you're right !
Maybe should I use a simple coffee paper filter ????
That opens a lot of thinking for new development...

jasonh, go ahead, copy !
This is why I am posting !
As for the color, I made several tests with a simple photo software (i am not good at Photoshop....)
I tested with natural varnish, black, white, red, blue, green !
I will posts these test and you'll let me know your feelings!

My idea would be to built 4 or 5 of these babies, painted in diferent colors and have them sitting side by side on a long shelf, with a different set up in each one....

Hoppy, thanks for passing by.
About size, the glass cube is 20x20x20cm (8x8x8 inches)
For the filter that was my first idea, but now I am inclined to test a no filter setup...just one glass water change per day...
I first started with a more complicated design, including a cabinet for a DIY external filter and DIY CO2, but after a while I decided to keep it as simple as possible !
Anyhow the other design is well filed, just in case...
And last, go ahead, build yourself one !
With your woodworking skills, it should be very nice !

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Awesome design Sietch, my vote goes for the black paint also. Great Job

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awsome.... wouhhhhaaa but the capacity is not 5.5liters but 8 liters
formula :
L*l*H/10000
20*20*20/1000=8
so 8 Liters i have the same model in acrylic dvd box
i will post my stand with the light too ... good luck
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awsome.... wouhhhhaaa but the capacity is not 5.5liters but 8 liters
formula :
L*l*H/10000
20*20*20/1000=8
so 8 Liters i have the same model in acrylic dvd box
i will post my stand with the light too ... good luck
You're right !

But remove glass thickness (4mm), substrate thickness (estimate 3cm) and 5mm without water at the top, and here you are, 5.5 liters net water capacity !

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