Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Emerald Hills CA
January 3: Start of stand customizing, it's a Nanocube 14 gallon stand.
January 3: I fashioned a light stand using 1/2" copper piping and a conduit bender. The light is a Coralife 36W (18x2) light. Note that this light does NOT come in a freshwater version, only a saltwater kind with 50/50 lamps. It's a standard 2G11 straight pin setup, so I replaced the bulbs with 6700K. Yeah, I probably voided the warranty by opening it up and drilling holes in the top for the steel suspension cabling.
January 4: Light mounted on stand using a slightly large copper tubing pipe that the stand slides into. This allows the light to freely rotate left and right for servicing the tank. Also note the holes drilled for the filter and CO2 tubing, which will be hidden inside the cabinet.
January 4: Testing the tank on the stand. CO2 injector has not been replaced back into the tank just yet.
January 10: Betta is happy and all testing going well.
January 10: Detail of cabinet. Inside is the mini filter, the ADA CO2 setup, the bubble counter and needle valve, the light/CO2 solenoid timer, and a door activated interior light.
January 10: Tank has been moved to mom's house and is installed.
January 10: Girlfriend looking on.
January 10: Project complete!
We agreed to go over to her place to do water changes, etc., since we didn't want to just dump that work onto her. However, after talking about it with her she is really interested in taking over the maintenance and work needed for the tank. Also, since she is Japanese we took over some of our Aqua Journal magazines and had her translate some important text for us so we could better understand what the articles were talking about.
Thanks for reading and your time, and comments are welcome!
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