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evanj

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Here's how I built the media basket for my NC6.

It's really hard to get a hand into those back chambers, it would be near impossible to retrieve any sort of media..

I couldn't build a full enclosure because of the back lip, so I decided to design something that would allow me to swivel the basket, yet still maintain full use of the whole chamber.

Here's what I came up with, let me know what you think:

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Tools I used for the construction of media basket:

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I also used a jigsaw for most of the cutting, but the fine toothed hand saw works just as well for cutting plexiglass.

First I taped the areas to be cut with masking tape, this prevents chipping and gives you a better surface to mark up.

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After getting all of the pieces cut and adding my egg crate shelf, I (went overboard) tacked it all together with gel super glue for a :scarry: fingerscrossed test fit. You could alternativly use tape when tacking it together or clamps and wooden braces:

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Here's what it looks like from a few different angles:

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The egg crate swivels so it can tuck in under the back lip, and it fits!

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Perfect fit, no dead space and it should force the water through the floss, then chemi-pure.

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Total cost = $0.00

I had this crap sitting around due to a dart frog tank that never got off the ground... -_-

I reinforced all of the joints with aquarium silicone and I'm going to wait a few days until I put it in the tank.

I may even soak it in a pitcher full of tank water to allow it to cure or leech anything out, not sure if it's even an issue though.

Should I try chaeto on top of it all with an LED? I've heard it wouldn't be needed on such a small tank with weekly water changes and may even cause problems...?

Edited by evanj, 06 December 2009 - 05:24 PM.