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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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My First Nano

I am not new to this hobby, but this is my first nano.
Just wanted to try something new and interesting.

Almost all items were acquired so cheaply. I got the jar (2.5 gal) from Goodwill, glass dome bell and bulb adapter from Habitat Store, driftwood from local habitat and old air pump and leftover sponge.
Total cost less than $5 plus some times over a weekend.

Tanks been running for about 2 weeks. Water is so crystal clear because I load it up with Java moss. I also throw in some RCS in there.


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After a few weeks looking at the tank, I think those clamps that holding the glass bell need to go.

So I went to the Habitat Store again over the weekend and found a "Y" aluminum channel. These channels were use to hang shower doors. I found a piece of those that is 6" long. That is long enough for my application.

I cut the channel into 4 pieces and attach a fabricated aluminum strip for the bracket. The channel slide on the top lip of the jar and the brackets hold the glass bell.

I'll post some pics later.
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As promised, here some pics of the brackets that I made to hold the glass bell.

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Awesome project you've got going!
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I like the brackets, nice job.
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Thanks guys.

I guess I have more times than money
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Not much update as far as the internal part......same old plants.

But I did went back to Habitat Restore - shopping

Found a new glass bell. Perfect !!!!. It matches on all our cabinet hardwares. All I did was rewired and ground it.




I also found a canister reflector. With a little effort, I manage to fit it into the glass bell. It does make the light about 25% more brighter. I also bought a package of 4 60 watts fluorescent bulbs for $4. It's a daylight and has 6500K. It is a perfect match with that reflector.





Here is the final set up.......


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I love the DIY lighting on this! Really inspiring setup.

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Thanks GN.

I also decided to redo the brackets that hold the glass bell.



Another piece added to make it house cleaning friendly. Found this microwave rotating glass plate for $1. Great investment for catching water spill.



Bump: Still a WIP on adding a CO2.

Got everything except figuring the best way to diffuse the CO2 into the jar.

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Love the light & the glass turn table is brilliant!!

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Thanks

Minor update.....

Just received half dozen of OEBT last night locally.

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