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  1. Dogtemple

    How to get pure black background ?

    There is a paint called the blackest black which is the darkest black paint on the market, a good few coats on the back of your tank will get it black and keep the light mainly on the foreground will make it appear darker.
  2. Dogtemple

    Braceless?

    It largely depends on the depth, up to about 30cm you can get away with 4mm safely. I built a 50x50x31cm tank (documented on here somewhere) from 4mm glass and it’s all good. Tiny bit of bow to the glass but not much. It was previously 41cm tall and bowed about 5mm. Hence making it...
  3. Dogtemple

    Would you buy big ticket items from a not so known company in order to save money?

    EBay is pretty safe these days, I wouldn’t hesitate getting a tank from there, or secondhand for that matter.
  4. Dogtemple

    Adjustable cabinet feet for DIY stand

    I’ve used the articulated feet on mine and another cabinet with a heavy load and they’re great. Cheap and effective solution.
  5. Dogtemple

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    What a great design and execution. Well done. We need more of this stuff!
  6. Dogtemple

    Figuring out how to build a cabinet. Please advise.

    On the other side of this, I built a stand and it cost less than £50 using a saw, set square, screws and a drill. You can easily buy lots of unnecessary stuff. In reality all you would really need to do it easily would be a mitre saw instead of a hand saw and some good straight timber.
  7. Dogtemple

    DIY Copper pipe light hanger?

    If seeking a low cost option I would use 20mm metal conduit and bend using a bender and the respective former. You can buy the tube in a long enough length to do in one go and it’s galvanised, so wouldn’t rust from the humidity of the tank. If you’re anywhere near Brighton you can...
  8. Dogtemple

    Figuring out how to build a cabinet. Please advise.

    As a stand alone frame it wouldn’t hold the weight and would wobble a lot but if the sides form part of the structure and are firmly fitted with loads of screws/nails, then it ought to be fine.
  9. Dogtemple

    Suggestions for very slim tank/glass box

    I made one of these to similar dimensions for a window sill years ago. It’s still sat in my bathroom with plants. Go for it. Really satisfying to make and gets lots of comments from visitors
  10. Dogtemple

    Any others? (Scaping specialists en route from Brighton to Norwich)

    Apparently there is a good aquatics store in the tunbridge area. Although I have never been myself. I would be keen to know of good aquatics places to visit in Sussex/Kent that cater for aquascaping etc
  11. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Found that with this set up being very top heavy (total approx 80kg without water and the marble weighing a lot) it had a slight side to side wobble. This is partly due to the small footprint and height but even so it would get worse when filled up. Just in case anyone else goes down the...
  12. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    ha, no I've had enough of making stuff, should have just bought a tank last year and been done with it!
  13. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Got a few hours to myself today. So I’ve more or less completed the tank setup, the light fitting is the last thing to do. I guess I’m nearly at the normal starting point. I started to loose patience a little bit with the wiring and plumbing, I was going to make it all tidy and hidden but...
  14. Dogtemple

    Lowtech Nanos - The Mossy Spider & More

    this looks great, really inspiring stuff here. the growth is so good it's kinda putting me off high tech ideas!
  15. Dogtemple

    Co2 2kg bottle type

    most fire extinguishers have a key to hold them open. you can get chrome extinguishers in 2kg that look pretty nice actually
  16. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Did a little bit of arranging last night and got the vertical bits of wood in a bit of a curve and the horizontal piece reaching out to the front just sort of hovers over the bottom of the tank. Happy with this so will be tying it up and siliconing it to make it one tangle of wood. Should...
  17. Dogtemple

    Small Shallow Tank, Inspiration Required!

    good isn't it, I love negative space in a tank, don't see enough of it
  18. Dogtemple

    Small Shallow Tank, Inspiration Required!

    looks like you're in to wabikusa territory, I've always liked this one Wabi kusa island
  19. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks guys, I am not seeking to have rare species that are hard to keep so I'm happy with ferns and mosses, I just want a really healthy lush looking tank with one species of fish and RCS. so moss and fern are great as I love the look of these plants. my tank is 50cmx50cmx31cm. I think thats...
  20. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    cool that sounds good. ill likely go with something like that. I was going to use rotala as a background plant but didn't have much else planned beyond this. it was going to be a discovery and trying all different sorts of things. that will come later down the line now. I just need to think...
  21. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks thats some good advice. I would like to use a little bit of CO2, just as I bought all the stuff and designed it with CO2 in mind. surely using a bit of CO2 will help...? I am also thinking that in the future, if I just do sand and a choice selection of moss and java fern to start...
  22. Dogtemple

    A Tale of Woe and Hope

    Instead of cutting the bottom off, you could drop a new panel inside on top of the cracked panel and silicone it up. That would be a solid repair
  23. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    These are my options on hardscape. I’m thinking of tying moss to the branches, have some Christmas moss around the base and a big bushy lump of trident java fern in the middle with ada la plata sand on the base. Option one from the front. And looking down Option two (which I think I...
  24. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks, I have the eagerness I'm just strapped for time and circumstances are rapidly changing. but its ok I think about it quiet a lot, so not lost my mojo. with the scape I have always wanted it to be lush with added CO2 to help things along but yet be relatively minimal. I was going to use...
  25. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    As part of the rushing I got it all pieced together last night, 1am on a school night. There is a slight problem with hoses not fitting the heater, but I have a way around this. Have some sketchy old iphone images This is far from finished but it’s very close. I need to muck around...
  26. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Hopefully this shows how it’s assembled better than my ramblings in the last post.
  27. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    aarrrgh!!! long time no update... things have taken a bit of a turn and this has had to go on the back burner, I wanted this done by now so am scraping it together. so this bit is the co2 reactor, as done by foxfish on here. so I bought a 20" water filter canister thing.. bought a...
  28. Dogtemple

    Raising and lowering lily pipe outflow

    If you want easier, have you considered mounting the pipe on some sort of slider rail and have it fixed in position for up and down with a magnet? You would still need to move by hand but it would take the suction cups out of the equation
  29. Dogtemple

    Raising and lowering lily pipe outflow

    I have done something similar to the above but with relays and actuators. you can see in my journal. done it for the exact same reason, don't want the faff of doing it manually
  30. Dogtemple

    Cost of DIY stand/cabinet

    thanks. just some tips on getting free wood, find a friend with a wood burner. these people seem to have scrap wood radars, as soon as you get a wood burner you will be able to sniff out any wood being chucked out within 5 miles. drive around an industrial estate where furniture is being...
  31. Dogtemple

    Cost of DIY stand/cabinet

    If you have the materials and know how it will cost you very little. If you go buying wood at retail and buy new tools etc it will be expensive. I made my stand 1m high for a 50x50cm tank, used salvaged wood for the frame and clad with 3x new pine sheets from a timber merchant. The whole...
  32. Dogtemple

    Cautionary Tales from an Idiot

    I like your approach, quite refreshing and probably will be of use to people for years to come. like the bible
  33. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Today I have been mostly eating acorns. This is the control panel for the inlet and outlet pipes. They’re powered off a car battery which will be kept topped up with a solar charger. Having this bit separate from the mains means it should have an element of being more dependable...
  34. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Yeah totally, if you can then why not. Always end up exactly with what you want and a standard you’re happy with. I can’t justify paying anyone to do a job anymore when it’s usually quicker to do it yourself and sadly it’s usually done to a better standard than when trusted to a pro. That...
  35. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    couple of years ago I built this sideboard. its made with IKEA's finest marble look kitchen work top and mdf black wood laminate-esque doors. the stand is sort of matching this, although I am using actual materials rather than the make believe stuff that comes from Neverneverland or where...
  36. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    This is mildly momentous, it’s all back home and peeling the protective film off the platform bit to reveal a shiny bit of clear plastic was the first job. I got a free fire extinguisher off the guy at work who does the fire extinguisher servicing. Then found 4x polished aluminium...
  37. Dogtemple

    Co2 bottles and hot weather.

    I had a large and full CO2 gas bottle go off when I was at work once, it was stored on my balcony, thought it would be ok there but it must have heated up enough for the pressure release valve to go. my neighbour heard it and gave me no end of grief about it, as though I did it on purpose...
  38. Dogtemple

    Ok to feed these?

    Just something to keep in mind, I fed my two guppies these years ago, my first fish as it happens, and they got some bacterial infection and one died. Pretty sure it was due to the larvae or the water they were found in. Getting them from the egg sacks is probably the most sterile way of...
  39. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Some scape shopping today
  40. Dogtemple

    DIY lightscreen project

    Be great to see what you guys come up with. I don’t even need one but feel compelled to make one too!
  41. Dogtemple

    DIY lightscreen project

    check this video out, you can get all the parts you need from an old telly, and luckily this guy tells you how to put it all together to make a light screen
  42. Dogtemple

    Liquid fertilisers - which is the best ?

    are there any views on the powder mixes sold on eBay, such as this - DIY NPK MACRO AND MICRO CSM+B TRACE ELEMENTS AQUARIUM FERTILIZER FISH TANK UK | eBay edit: ignore that, just saw the link Zeus posted, i'll go with that, looks ideal.
  43. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks! hopefully will have the rest of it back home later in the week
  44. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    The panels are done, couple coats of varnish and they feel smooth and surprisingly hard like glass, which is nice. Also an extra appearance for Tim Harrison
  45. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks thats great to hear! a large part of putting it up on here is to try and keep the momentum going. I don't post very much of what happens with the build as theres lots of making tools in order to make other things, having to work things out, redo it, try again type processes so it takes...
  46. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Ha well spotted! I think that record came with a poster. When I’m home after the weekend I’ll dig it out and take a photo for you.
  47. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks, I have considered painting it but its adding more into the mix, my aim is to have minimum amount of everything on show in the hope that it blends in. the tube in the middle is stainless steel, so I could either paint it or more likely, I will polish it. the other option is to paint...
  48. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Varnished all the panels up, I’ll take it all home next week after work when dried fully. Also did this, another drop checker to improve on the first I made. The first drop checker I made is on the right, it’s a bit too small. Made it twice as long to allow for a bubble to form in the...
  49. Dogtemple

    Dark Start

    I was think doing this but running a filter along side it too. Only say this as it would be easier to have it set up in a spare bathroom or something running out of sight and would be easy to empty and refill. Just a thought of course. When I do this I won’t be using a large amount of...
  50. Dogtemple

    i want to CUT my tank

    I’ve done this but had to disassemble it. Just take it as an opportunity to improve on the first one. I did a thread on my one DIY Optiwhite tank build
  51. Dogtemple

    Side glass is floating

    Do they have a social media presence? Complaining through twitter or something like that can get companies to move pretty sharpish. Threatening to make a youtube video of the issue will probably get them in to gear too
  52. Dogtemple

    Dark Start

    just to make it easier, could you not chuck the substrate in a bucket (or a few buckets) and top off with water. and just skim off the ammonia rich water, refill every couple of days? might be a quicker and easier way to do it
  53. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Managed to grab another hour or so after work. Painting with a blow torch today. This is the front panel. A coat of satin varnish and it’s pretty much done. Might need another coat. Quite happy with how it turned out. Just need to do the two side panels now.
  54. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    A kitchen done this way would be something to see! You could reuse the existing doors if needing to do your kitchen on a budget. Thanks for checking it out, it’s all starting to come together now. When I have all the electrics hooked up I will try sort out a video to show it all working
  55. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks, I appreciate the feedback! i'll be going with the knot showing look I think. if this wood wasn't pine the crackle look would probably have come out better.
  56. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    A touch more done today. Drilled the hole and fitted the outflow pipe. There’s nothing more to do on the stand, thank god. Except the aesthetic finish. From the start I always intended to do what’s called “shou sugi ban” to the wood. Shou Sugi Ban is a technique used for centuries by...
  57. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Finished off the little jamming problem with the orange rollers earlier today. The bottom two rollers guide the pipe left and right where as the top two guide the whole little fixing that the rollers bolt to. The fixing that holds the rollers is just a 10mm bit of polycarbonate with a...
  58. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    You should see the state of my carpentry on this thing. It’s not great. DIY in its most amateur sense.
  59. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Got quite a big bit done today, cutting the slot in the side panel. It required figuring out where it needed to go and routering an angle to the inner side. This was to allow the pipe to swing and not hit the edges. I have been putting it off as it’s a new panel of wood and could have...
  60. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Ok so today I got the door sorted and got all the panels to line up with equal panel gaps all round. The door solution has worked out pretty well and I’m rather happy with it. It was a bit of a bugger to line up but got there in the end. I had to put a brace on the top edge of the front...
  61. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Still been doing things with this but nothing much to post. It’s been a bit slow as other projects and life has got in the way and a fair amount of time has been spent scratching my head and trying to overcome some oversights. This is where I’m at currently, finishing off the stand, which is...
  62. Dogtemple

    Lily pipes for a shallow tank?

    I could custom make you a set in stainless steel if you wanted a particular height/length. 1/2" OD which is only a tiny bit bigger than 12mm by 0.7mm. its essentially the same as 10/12mm pipe work.
  63. Dogtemple

    Help designing Plywood cabinet.

    You could make the divider removable. It could be screwed in from inside the cabinet. It would still be somewhat structural and support the centre of the base of the tank
  64. Dogtemple

    what makes a bad regulator?

    ok thats good to hear, I spent all yesterday evening designing a needle valve that should be pretty precise. ill make one and see how it goes. on the basis that a regulator has to meet a standard (which makes sense) I might even buy the cheapest dual regulator I can find just to test it out.
  65. Dogtemple

    what makes a bad regulator?

    thanks for the input, I probably didn't word it quite right though. I'm trying to find what the weak link is in the regulator set up that makes some better than others. from what I've been reading today I'm starting to think the needle valve is the bit that lets it all down if the quality...
  66. Dogtemple

    what makes a bad regulator?

    just been reading the recent thread talking about needle valves and how the needle valves on even the decent brand regulators are not entirely up to scratch. just wondering, as someone who is yet to buy a regulator for aquariums and prone to wanting to improve on things, what makes a good...
  67. Dogtemple

    Is this taking the Mick

    They probably have that auction left open but don’t have any stock. Easier just to put the price up to a point no one will buy it than to take the auction off and repost again in a few days. And if someone does buy for that price, I’m sure they could find a portion to send off for £99
  68. Dogtemple

    what is this green and pink plant?

    yup, thats the stuff. surprised they can get away with doing that. how shady
  69. Dogtemple

    what is this green and pink plant?

    sorry I didn't get a photo as I thought this was a common plant, but I saw a bunch of these plants in the pet section of a garden centre yesterday which looked a bit like Java fern or some sword shaped type plant, was green with bright pinky/purple edges. I've looked for ages and can't ID it...
  70. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Small bit of progress after work today. The last post showed how a bit of wire will be attaching to a luminaire. The bit I did today is to attach the other end of the wire. The wire will be feeding through a thin stainless tube. The wire I’m using is stainless steel gear cable for a bike...
  71. Dogtemple

    Best freebie?

    I got a free VW Passat once, no mot but fixed the exhaust and it passed.
  72. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    I got a little time in to do another little job today. I have this Lumini asta pendant lamp that I will be using for this tank. It will be suspended by a cable. The original fitting would require the cable to be tied or gripped with an Allen key type jobby and introduces another “thing”. In...
  73. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    I’ve not posted much on here lately just as I’ve been doing small and not very interesting things like working out the routing of the pipework and making brackets etc. Since this is a bit more relatable though I thought I would post a bit about the hardscape. I’ve been scratching all the tiny...
  74. Dogtemple

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Could anyone tell me the on/off frequency of a Twinstar nano please?
  75. Dogtemple

    Sponge stuck in lily pipe!

    Sulphuric acid will melt it out
  76. Dogtemple

    Can't get my flow right - weird pattern

    I'm curious about this removing filter media suggestion. if removing it surely that only increases the volume of water in the set up. if that's the case, what would be the choice of media to optimise the filter in a planted tank?
  77. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Did a bit of foraging, my workshop is based on a small holding farm and all the heating is done by burning wood. So there’s stacks of logs everywhere. Just so happened that someone had split a load of ivy clad wood and left the ivy behind. Pretty lucky, found exactly what I wanted straight...
  78. Dogtemple

    Collected Branches - Go/No Go?

    thats a good idea, ill give that a try
  79. Dogtemple

    Collected Branches - Go/No Go?

    What’s the consensus on old dried out ivy wood? I’ve found some ideal bits of ivy which is very old and bark is paper thin and flaking off. but having searched on if it’s safe, the internet tells me little other than it’s either not to be used or it’s fine and several people have done so...
  80. Dogtemple

    Is this nettle?

    It looks like nettle to me. If you pull the stem and pull it out of the ground it should have a yellow root. That and it will sting you.
  81. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks for the input, the pipes furring up, I hope being stainless it will minimise that to an extent. even so, they are easily removed from the bar holders, it's just a grub screw on each holder and it slides off. I was thinking either running an outer of a bike brake cable down there with...
  82. Dogtemple

    DIY Project High flow DIY reactor - now with video

    I haven’t made one yet but this issue has crossed my mind. I thought of placing a powerhead in there and pointing up to agitate the water more.
  83. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thats awesome, what kind of motorbike bits have you been making? I'm in to motorbikes too, amongst other things
  84. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    So.... another update. All the up and down metal work with rails thing I did a few months ago and had to stop as I was being feeble about the cold, finally got finished today. And it was the part I was being most mysterious about. The up and down aspect is to raise the outflow pipe at night...
  85. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Couple of internal shrimp screens made for Courtneybst and ready to be sent off. And after they were done I finished a bigger and more elusive part of this little project...
  86. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    yeah I can make you some, if you give me the dimensions you need I could knock up a couple today if you like.
  87. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Thanks, I use slip rolls to roll it in to a tube but that only rolls it down so far, as this is a very tight tube, so the rest I rolled by hand. It would have been difficult to get it in to a clean tube without the rollers to do the majority of the work tbh.
  88. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Done a little more today, I want to keep some cherry shrimp in this tank and will need a way of keeping them from getting sucked in to the filter. A bit of foam is not an option as it’s too ugly and intrusive, same for a mesh guard on the outside. So I’ve made a mesh guard for inside the...
  89. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    It is interference fit so will be solvent welded, should be optically clear joins. The widest part is the same diameter as the inflow pipe so it won’t get sucked up, it will butt up against it. I don’t do this for a living, I’m just creatively minded and design stuff a lot. I work a boring...
  90. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Actually here it is pressed together. I’m pretty sure this will work.
  91. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    yeah they were turned on a metal lathe, hence them being a bit yellow as they got a bit oily, it should be clear acrylic, I just need to give the bits a clean. I need to get some acrylic solvent but it will all be put together and if it works, I will show it complete. if not ill have to go...
  92. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Knocked these up today, they need cleaning up before assembling. It’s the plug for the inflow.
  93. Dogtemple

    Possible relapse (formely called "Urgent help please")

    Harrison Ford has just been announced to play the lead in new film “Urgent help, please” I’m glad your tank has recovered. This has been a tense read I have to say.
  94. Dogtemple

    Advanced pipe cleaning methods?

    A long pipe cleaner attached to a drill? I haven’t tried it, but I would
  95. Dogtemple

    Glassware (or Stainless steel) for lidded aquarium?

    What diameter pipes do you need?
  96. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thats a good idea, I have access to a lathe and may need to go that route. I'm keen to reduce things though so incorporating bits in to the cap is hopefully going to achieve that
  97. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    thanks, used a specific ridgid half inch stainless tube bender for this. off the top of my head the radius is 3cm. you need the correct tools to bend this stuff with no kinks, it is very hard tubing and only gets harder the more you work it. you may get away with a cheaper bender but I'm...
  98. Dogtemple

    Everything DIY build

    Slots now cut, 6 in total about 2/3 of the way round the tube, which is plenty. After a bit of maths and measuring and with some bends, I now have a pair of 316 stainless inflow and out flow pipes. Still need to do bends at the other end of the tubes where they enter the stand, trim the...
  99. Dogtemple

    incase a hose pops off and floods your house.....

    Ok cool I’ll go with an alarm of some sort I think
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