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I like the effects of that, how did you make the light screen?

I have seen the prices of the ADA ones :eek:
 

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I like the effects of that, how did you make the light screen?

I have seen the prices of the ADA ones :eek:
I probably should have taken some photos along the way but I just sort of made it up as I went along...
I'll be taking it down shortly to cut and fit better so I'll do some then

Any led strip and some white foam board basically. The strips I use are usb powered and Alexa compatible so routines can be set to increase/decrease brightness/colour etc.
 

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@Melll
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So i cut a bottom and 2 sides... they are around 1.5 inches wide (I didn't measure I just eyeballed and said that would do), and cut to the width/height of the tank. The bottom is the full width of the tank, the sides are 5mm shorter than the height, as they are sitting on top of the bottom piece. The foam board is cheap 5mm stuff.

I had to notch my sides at the bottom so it could fit over the plastic brace around the bottom of the tank...
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The back was cut 10mm less than. the width of the tank, and I made it a couple of inches taller. The back has been fitted at an angle so it sits on the back of the bottom panel and inside the bottom of the sides, to the front at the top of the sides, and then I trimmed the excess off. So its sloped to meet at the top of the tank. I could have maths'ed the correct measurements for the back panel, but its foam board and easy to trim.
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Made a hole in the back corner to pass the cable through, then cut and stuck the led down. Some black tape to hold the led strip to its cable as they are always flimsy, and a piece of tape on the back for strain relief to also support the cable. You can see in the above pic that my cutting was far from perfect!

Placed it behind the tank, snugged it up against the back, and and rear cables drop down the slope and are a little bit hidden from side view too.

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Light spillage also solved 👍

this particular LED strip is from WOWLED on Amazon, USB 5v LED strip, Alexa/google compatible, and also has a remote control for those that prefer not to go the smart home route, costs about £11 delivered. I happened to have it left over from other stuff.
 
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Thank you :)

I will be diving into the garage tomorrow, I know where I have some polysterene and I have a roll of LEDs, I do love a little project :)👍
 

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Thank you :)

I will be diving into the garage tomorrow, I know where I have some polysterene and I have a roll of LEDs, I do love a little project :)👍
You COULD cut the sides at an angle if you wanted, but I decided to leave them rectangular so any cables that run down the back can tuck down the slope and be obscured somewhat by the sides.
Only change id make really would be to have all the outside faces black, as all my tanks sealants etc are black
 
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Long story very short, I had an allergic reaction to something I ate, so I didn`t even get to the garage door. There`s time though 😃
 

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I think there are improvements that can be made...
Because of the right-angle between the side and the back piece, the light seems to be have bright spots there and with viewing angle, the line can be seen... (Also my cutting doesn't help)

So I'm thinking large piece of white paper (probably on a roll), glued to the back piece up to about an inch or so from the edge with a few inches of over hang either side, that can be concave curved over the edge piece either side, so creating a seamless curve with no perpendicular angle.

I'll try it when I find some suitable paper, or maybe @Melll can try before me :)
 

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I had some thin (possibly 2.5mm) foam underlay around from a scalextric project, so added a layer of it to the light panel to act as a makeshift light diffuser.

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So there is a layer on the tank-side.

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Seems to do the trick of softening the light, but looks terribly DIY!

But what I take from this, is that a piece of clear frosted vinyl on the back of the glass will do the same thing and probably better. That isn't something I have laying around unfortunately.
 
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a piece of clear frosted vinyl on the back
Or use frosting on a roll 👍

I`ve been playing with some polycarbonate sheet the triple wall stuff, it gives an interesting light effect if the channels are vertical and hardly any effect if they are horizontal. So time to frost the tanks :)
 
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Looks like another trim up needed...
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The tiger lotus has recovered very well, however I can't really see it behind the lobelia.... I might have to have a swap around
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Dwarf sag seems to be taking, some bits are growing quicker than others!
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All of the Val's at the back have thrown out new runners... I'm going to snip them out before they root. I'm definitely going to replace the Val with something else...

I managed to successfully grow some staghorn algae last week... Cut away infected leaves (which prompted the Val to shoot), trimmed the grass, does with some excel, changed the lighting/co2 cycle and picked off bits that I could, seems to be holding it at bay hopefully 👍

Edit a few hours later...
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2 of the Val's removed and actually it was 3, they've gone in the other tank.
I moved some dwarf sag from the left side and placed at the back where the Val was. I was quite surprised by the root growth.
Tiger lotus moved to the left side beside the rock. A few weeks ago, that had one barely hanging on root, I was pleased to see a huge abundance of roots that needed trimming down.

Never fails to surprise me just how bouyant those are :oops:

And another haircut for the DHG
 
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Welcome to shitfest Sunday!

Got some ludeigia palustrus red, super red, type stuff so have thrown that in.

I started a water change, took a few buckets out, then realised I'd left water conditioner at mums. Also discovered my sodastream co2 had run out. So a trip to pets at home, and then Argos to get an exchange bottle.
i had been planning to get a 2kg FE, but it's Sunday, and needed to get it done.

2 unsuccessful attempts to fit the regulator, each time, gas escaping rapidly whilst I was trying to crank it tight... and then I saw the sealing ring on the floor :/ so 3rd time got it fitted.
No idea how much I lost, but I definitely need to get an FE and keep the sodastream for a spare.

I now have co2 again and the water is done.
 

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What size do the 5's come in at roughly??
67cm high, usually paid £35 for them, haven't brought one in a while as I had one almost full and have a spare 5Kg full when I was going to kick off my aquascape back in 2017, and only started using CO2 again in June on my A900! So hopefully that will last me for a while before I need to get another one!
 

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So the not full FE with the Tianjin regulator already connected has gone into the larger tank. That 2kg FE is a touch taller than the full one. That tank hasn't got much in the way of plants, I need to do it at some point. I just throw a few excess plants/cuttings in to see if they'll do anything.

The full FE has gone into this tank, having removed the regulator from the Sodastream bottle. I haven't had to move the shelf, so very similar in height (once the adaptor is on the ss bottle etc), but its much steadier standing up as has a larger footprint. The SS bottle was quite unstable.
Struggled to get a seal going on with the regulator though. I think something wasn't quite as flush as it should have been, but I tightened it up to FT torque which seemed to pull everything into place and no leaks.

I now have a spare Sodastream bottle and adaptor should I run out of FE at some point :)
 

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