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Postby Kev » 2006-06-14 10:51

That was a very fast delivery, my lighting is here so I will get to work on modifying the starter unit so it takes 4 x 18w rather than 2 x 36w (Same total wattage and it is wired in parallel anyway) So anyway, here are some pictures of the new lighting, thats all the equipment together now, I just need to finish of a couple of things then I can get this thing sorted :D

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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-14 11:54

Sounds good. Have you decided yet on what fish you would like to house in your tank?

Keep us updated. :D
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-14 12:12

I am thinking either an Orchid Dottyback or a Purple Firefish will be going in there.

I will update this tomorrow when I go take pictures of the unfinished hood and base.
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Postby Surface » 2006-06-14 18:37

Purple Firefish, saw one of those at the store the other day how beautiful they are. Looks like the set up is going well Kev. :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-06-14 19:01

Seconded on the Purple Firefish.
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-15 14:54

As promised, here are a couple of pictures of the box/hood/base bit thats is currently unfinished. The top section with the lights in will be hinged so I can perform general maintenance, there is will also be holes in the side so the tank is viewable from 3 angles (front and 2 sides) The holes will basically be large square ones but with rounded corners to keep a pretty clean look ^_^

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<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>(Photos taken in my Dads workshop so it is a bit of a mess up there)</span>
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-06-15 15:02

i also like the Purple Firefish better -_- looks like it's comming along steadily!
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Postby Surface » 2006-06-15 23:21

Thats coming along well Kev! Are you planning on staining it or are you going to paint it?

:hug: He is so multi talented isnt he :hug: Sorry but I had to do that! :P
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-16 02:37

Wow its coming along great Kev. I really like the design of the hood/base. :)
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-16 06:47

Thanks guys :P I did a bit more to it last night, the hinged lid is now seperate so I need to go buy some hinges now. The holes in the sides are also cut out aswell... I have to say it is looking good ^_^

I will be painting this as most of the furnitue in my room is blue, so it won't look out of place if I do paint it. Today it will be getting the first few coats of Hi-build Primer then at the start of next week I will be giving it the final coats of a glossy blue to give it a nice finish :D With the wood being MDF the gloss paint won't look too glossy but it will look more like a matt finish.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-06-16 09:51

At keast it will go, that's the important thing!
And gloss is easier to keep clean. ^_^
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Postby Surface » 2006-06-16 13:55

Wow, that sounds nice Kev, cant wait to see it when its done. And I agree with IBF about the gloss, way better, flat shows every finger print, smudge,etc. what a pain.
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Postby Kev » 2006-07-10 09:03

Hmmm... big problem. In the past 2 days I have lost an inch of water through evaporation.... and that is WITHOUT lights :( So I am kind of confuzzled at the minute, not a clue what might be causing it. It isn't warm here now, it has cooled right back down to how it was. There is no lights above it and the tank is at 24c and yet I get evaporation, and no it isn't a leak :P

The upgrade may be put off for a while till I figure something out, I just hope it can go ahead...
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-10 11:56

Evaporation is not only the result of high temps but also of the level of humidity: if the humidity in the room is very low, you will get a lot of evaporation. Remember that stuff you used for the *hmmm* project? you didn't overdo it or leave it out and about, did you?
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Postby Kev » 2006-07-10 13:46

Didn't overdo or leave what out? :wacko:
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