34g DIY AIO cube build w/ pics - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2008, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 86
34g DIY AIO cube build w/ pics

BACKGROUND: When I first saw the Solano 34g cube it was love at first site. Not wanting another saltwater tank I decided to build a modified version suited for sustaining a heavily planted neon tetra tank. What follows is my first attempt at working with glass and acryllic.

Front view


View of top with cover removed


Filtration area


Side view


Rear view of filtration area


SPECIFICATIONS:
Cube is 20"x20"x20", display area 20"x15.5"x20", filtration area 20"x4.5"x20"
Total capacity is approx. 34 gallons
Cube is constructed of 1/4" glass pre-cut by a local glass shop to supplied dimensions.
Filtration area constructed with acryllic and painted black with Krylon Fusion
Return pump is Rio 1700 rated @ 642 gph
Heater is Aquaclear 100W
Lighting is 5 F15W-T8-PL powered by a Workhorse ballast

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS:
Given that it was designed as a heavily planted neon tetra tank I wanted
1) maximum flow for filtration
2) minimal surface agitation to conserve present CO2
3) minimal turbulence in display area for the comfort of the fish
The Solano 34g comes with a 400 gph pump. If 400 gph is good then 642 gph is better provided I adhere to the three design considerations detailed above. To accomplish this I designed/built a custom spray bay. The ID of the pump outlet is 5/8". I calculated the area of the outlet and multiplied by 10 so as to drastically reduce the speed of the water as it is returned to the display area. I then proceeded to drill approx. 100 3/16" holes in the water return bar positioning all of them so they hit the back wall or point straight down. This worked out better than expected during water testing. While a substantial amount of water flows through the filtration area the display area and surface remain very calm.

Base and canopy are constructed with poplar and finished with three coats of laquer enamel.

COST CONSIDERATIONS:
I know someone will ask so I'll just go ahead and summarize costs incurred thus far:
$78 five pcs of 1/4" glass
$36 one pc of 1/4" acryllic 24"x48"
$10 silicone
$10 sandpaper various grits (60, 100, 220, 400)
$7 Krylon Fusion
$10 two cans of spray laquer enamel
$34 poplar wood
$50 Rio 1700 return pump
$20 heater
The five bulb light system should easily come in under $100

The only way I would have attempted a project of this scope is because of forums such as these that have proved invaluable for resources and information.

Questions, comments and/or observations are welcomed.

Thanks,
Daniel
YankyTexan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2008, 01:28 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
SearunSimpson's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
Posts: 1,419
Very very nice. I can't wait to see the journal of this and it's progress. I've always wanting an AIO and hidden filter system like yours, but I suck at DIY.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"You think you have tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes it's not tomorrow; it's now- and that's all you have" - Marc Johnson
Ehei-Pimpfen 276 yo!
SearunSimpson is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2008, 01:37 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Green Leaf Aquariums's Avatar
 
PTrader: (86/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: SWAMP
Posts: 4,701
Very well done, cant wait to see the outcome.
Green Leaf Aquariums is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 86
Thank you for the kind words. Tonight I installed the filter media, added 40# of black CaribSea substrate and some drift wood. Plants should arrive by weeks end. Hope I have the lighting system done by then.

Daniel
YankyTexan is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 05:00 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
dekstr's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,168
Very verry nice indeed!

That's a really well-constructed set-up you have there.

Looking forward to more updates!
dekstr is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Gatekeeper's Avatar
 
PTrader: (96/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Earth
Posts: 6,628
Nice job indeed. Very clean looking. What type of silicone did you use?

Will be nice to watch this evolve.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Gatekeeper is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 01:17 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
jinx©'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,559
Nice build and write up.

I've always loved the look of cube tanks myself and been planning to build one myself at some point. I have enough glass laying around, I just need the time and planning...lol

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to updates and pictures.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by jinx©; 03-16-2008 at 09:06 PM. Reason: typo
jinx© is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 86
GE, it is a 2.8 oz bottle titled

100% Silicone Sealant for Lexan sheet & other plastics

It is designed for adhering acryllics to glass. I used this in the filtration area.

The glass cube portion was aquarium silicone. I used the product based upon the following thought process:

I'm not sure if my reasoning is correct but here goes anyway:
there is 160 linear inches of silicone joints (not counting the acryllic filtration) holding the 5 pieces of glass to form the cube. The glass is 1/4" thick. So 160 * 1/4 = 40 sq. inches of surface for the silicone to bond/adhere to (and that doesn't count the generous amount placed in each 90 deg corner). Assume it holds 30 gallons of h2o * 8 pounds = 240 pounds of pressure. Assuming the pressure is exerting an equal amount of pressure in all five directions (front, back, left, right & down) that is 240 pounds / 40 sq. inches = 6 pounds of pressure per sq. inch of silicone sealant. Not much IMHO. The 40 sq. inches is greatly under estimated, a more accurate number would be closer to 80. I ran the numbers for my 150g and it works out to 9 pounds per sq. inch of silicone sealant. All I attempting to say is the pressure in a small tank is not that great. Finally, where the pressure is greatest, the bottom, is where the most silicone is used.

Thanks,
Daniel
YankyTexan is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2008, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 86
UpDaTe on cUbE

Well it doesn't leak so I can check that off my list. Here is a pic of the cube as I begin to aquascape it:



I apologize for the cloudiness of the tank. It is slowly improving.

SPECIFICS:
34g total, 26g display area & 8g filtration area
water source is waste water from RO system
6 T8s 15W 18" bulbs on two timers (2 bulb/4 bulb) for sunrise/sunset
Rio 1700 (642 gph) return pump
Eheim ceramic media
activated carbon in three filter bags (buy em at the paint store cheaper/same thing)
cut up a washable airfilter for add'l filtration media
40# of CaribSea Eco-Complete
20# of Tahitian Moon
nine neon tetras
2 cory cats

OBSERVATIONS:
Lighting system would be better with fewer bulbs/ballasts and SLRs
Remotely locating the ballasts was a big plus to minimize heat build up
Have not installed heater yet. Pump raises tank temp 1-2 degs, lights add another 2 degs and tank is located in a constant 70 deg room.
This is my 1st planted tank so getting the plants to thrive will be a learning experience.

Is it realistic to hope/shoot for the neons and/or cory cats to breed? And if they did reproduce is it possible to raise the fry in the cube? How important is it to add plant fertilizers to water?

Thank you for your interest. Thoughts, comments and/or observations are welcomed.

Daniel
YankyTexan is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2008, 08:01 PM
Banned
 
PTrader: (40/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 4,255
Send a message via AIM to deleted_user_16
NICE!!!!! How long it take you to make this awesome thing?
deleted_user_16 is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2008, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 86
RULE # 1 when DIYing Don't keep track of your time!

RULE # 2 when DIYing Never total up how much it cost!

Time wise, I'm not sure since it was spread out over several days. I do know that I spent more time on the PC researching and posting questions on forums such as this than I spent building it. When I build the next one I am confident it can be accomplished in a weekend (Fri nite, Sat & Sun). Upfront planning/design is crucial.

Daniel
YankyTexan is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2008, 08:42 PM
Banned
 
PTrader: (40/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 4,255
Send a message via AIM to deleted_user_16
nice, I hope this turns out how you want it!!!
deleted_user_16 is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 10:51 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1
That's a very handsome tank. I wish my husband could make things such as that. PMSL.
FishFace28 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome