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Tank is broken. It'll sit for a few months before I get around to getting a new back piece of glass cut.
Which means I need to find a new tank for the 3g comp quick smart...



Hello there.

I'd like to start this 'omg i's got me a tank dudes look at me' thread off with a small disclaimer;
Not everyone is going to like what I do, nor do I expect you to. But I shall do it how I see fit and worse comes to worse I /ignore you.


Orgional thread contents. Mainly just the tank coming out of the box and initial reactions.
Equipment _linenums:0'><strong class='bbc'>Equipment :</strong>Boyu ME-175 AIO tank. (9litre) ($6)Boyu ME-175 light upgraded with some blue LEDs. And fully auto on/off/cloud simulations. ($8 for leds)Heater... Sits 40cm (Just over a foot) away from my computer that makes ~1700watts of heat. ($Lots.)Lid by Random #### in the garage that just happens to fit. (Priceless?)1300litre/hour canister filter from e-bay. ($18)RedSea supplements when they are needed.API master test kit.Active carbon.Rain water/saltmix<strong class='bbc'>Livestock :</strong>Half dead brown/green zoa.Mystery anemone. (Probably a clear/white banded aptasia.)Mystery snail. (Dude eats algae like a boss.) <strong class='bbc'>Livestock wishlist :</strong>I don't actually know what will survive with so little light.Possibly some mushies and some Zoas.Don't know if I want to add an Endler or a bumblebee goby...Without further a due.I purchased one of these for myself from e-bay.http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOYU-LED-Arts-Aqua...=item25666c5a3aThe one I got was $6 including postage. (Awesome right?)listed dimensions are 175x230x238mm. = ~9.5 litres = ~2.5gallons so I qualify for this section right?If you want to skip all that I have to say, my photos are here; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2...mp;l=e9d00690e9Unboxing, the first tank was smashed beyond recovery.Unboxing take two.Posted ImagePosted ImageFairly standard stuff...Posted ImageWait. Why is my bag open? Eh.Posted ImageAh. Because its been opened before and the packaging for the light and pump removed. Great. This inspires confidence.We have a light:Posted ImageBlurry instructions:Posted ImageNow. It says I have parts I clearly do not... Like a lid. But I can fix this with scrap so I'm okay.Light PSU and instructions:Posted ImageThe tank:Posted ImagePosted ImageNo. Thats not a clothsline in the reflection, compound bow.Posted ImagePosted ImageFilter media:Posted ImageKeep.Posted ImageToss.Posted ImageToss.Posted ImageThis is looking better.The pump:Posted ImageIt claims 300ltr/hour We shall see.Tank on my bedside table:Posted ImagePosted Image(Tank its replacing.)Posted ImagePile of crap:Posted ImageAt this point I had a crazy idea. I thought maybe some part of the LED was useful.Spray Bar! How lovely:Posted ImagePic with stock light for ####s and giggles.Posted Image(Not bad for typed in notepad while pics were uploading to facebook... >.> I might spellcheck it later.)


Since I didn't want to make another thread for the 3gallon and under contest, I decided just to use this one.

Empty tank shot.
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Edited by Cheese-Lover, 21 March 2012 - 03:14 AM.

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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6 dollars incluiding postage? Yeah, lid schmid, thats a great price!

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So. I had a crazy idea. Lets take apart the light! YAY!

2345343653 pictures of me screwing around with the stock light.
[codebox]Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageLove the solder job guys.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageIn bits... >.>Posted ImageLeds.Posted ImageOH ####. Crazy. Couldn't possibly... Maybe... I'm not sure...Posted ImageGuess where this is going?reserved for ####s and giggles.Reserved for more.

6 dollars incluiding postage? Yeah, lid schmid, thats a great price!

$6AUD including postage.And I got two lights, pumps and plastic bits because the first one came busted.


Anyway. Off to JayCar I go for some LED's and whatever else I can find to pimp this tank.

Edited by Cheese-Lover, 14 March 2012 - 01:59 PM.

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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I can't get over the fact that that Boyu logo has the same font and style as the Sony logo. haha anyways, I'll be following this because it seems interesting. Oh and one question, are you going to be running that canister filter permanently or just temp?

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The canister is to add water volume for stability.... The only filter media in it is some carbon.
Combined water volume between tank and canister is just under 5gallons. >.>

**The canister was an e-bay special too. $18AUD

Edited by Cheese-Lover, 27 February 2012 - 05:04 PM.

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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I have returned from Jaycar. (The local electronics store) And have decided that they will no longer get my business.
Traveled all the way there to get a couple of LED's. Just standard cheapo ones for a proof of concept. They wanted to charge me $5.95 per LED.
I proceeded to walk around the area going into all the shops that might sell something with blue LEDs in it... Finally I came to Super Cheap Auto who happen to sell alot of different LEDs for some reason.
So now that I have some blue to throw into the mix, here are some pictures of the lighting upgrade:Posted ImageLight strip. Works out to $2 per LED.Posted ImagePosted ImageTest fit. LEDs are perfect. Same size shape and probably same manufacturer.Posted ImageObliterate the strip.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageDesolder the LEDs you want to replace.Posted ImageGet the ones off the strip too.Posted ImageSome of these LEDs are not like the others. Some of these LEDs just do not belong.Posted ImagePosted ImageYep. Thats how I like it.Posted ImageTurn the dial up a bit...Okay. So. LEDs.... Yay!How about I make them work without costing me anything. /Arcane magic.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageThe solar powered thing is also a +1 to me being lazy. I CBF making a timer and I was looking at the panel when I was taking the stock-light apart.While I was in there playing with it, I resoldered all the original solder joints and upped the amount of current getting to the LEDs. I'd guesstimate they are about 3.3watts now instead of 2watt.To make up for the extra heat I attacked the inside of the head with thermal paste and lined it with AL-stripping to spread the heat more efficiently.LET THERE BE LIGHT!Posted ImagePosted Image

And last but not least. The Sony link.
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I'll leave that up to everybody else to decide.

*edit. The light even though it is pathetic is doing its job. I threw a single zoa that hasn't opened for a couple of weeks in my main tank into this new little one... 5min and it's opened a tiny bit.
Tiny bit > None.

Edited by Cheese-Lover, 14 March 2012 - 02:00 PM.

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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Nice DIY job on those crappy LEDs!

And yes, BOYU=SONY.

Reminds me of the crappy hand dryers down here by ROACHE. Look familiar?
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Nice tank so far. I was looking at getting one of these tanks myself as a pico can't wait to see how it turns out.

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So I'm just sitting here. Cruising the internet... Looked over at my tank and decided I hate the rockwork.

I think tomorrow I might spend ~15min with a hammer and some super glue to make a tall, free standing piece of rockwork with some shelves for placing of things.



Nice tank so far. I was looking at getting one of these tanks myself as a pico can't wait to see how it turns out.

If you are thinking of getting one; The overflow design is crap, the media compartments are crap, the stock pump is crap... The stock light is crap... All of the joins are done poorly with black goop that they have sprayed a little bit in some places...
I spent the better part of 3 hours cleaning it up before I put anything in it.
But at the end of the day, its a box that holds water and it does this. And as a further point when it is all cleaned up and whatnot it does look quite spiffy sitting by itself.

Its cheap and you get what you pay for. (Or in my case you get a lot more than you paid for and made an importer on e-bay rather unhappy.)

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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This picture was about 30sec after I put that zoa in... The zoa hadn't opened in two weeks...



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Thinking this might be a tiny aptasia, but not 100% sure. Its fine as long as it doesn't spread.



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This snail chomps on algae like a boss. I have no idea how it got into my main tank, nor do I particularly care. Anyone able to ID it?



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Zoa opened under the ####ty LED's. Which is more than I could get to happen in my main tank... (I'm slowly removing everything from my main and making it Fowlr, only a couple of sick zoas left in it...)



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Terrible FTS.



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Another of the snail.



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Another of the snail.



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And. The sick zoa's in my main tank...

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Idea's? **Yes I know. So much algae. It currently doesn't have a CuC. >.> The ####ing blue swimmer crab that I pulled out of the rockwork ate my CuC.



_linenums:0'>So, some pictures of the life in my tiny tank; Posted Image This picture was about 30sec after I put that zoa in... The zoa hadn't opened in two weeks... Posted Image Thinking this might be a tiny aptasia, but not 100% sure. Its fine as long as it doesn't spread. Posted Image This snail chomps on algae like a boss. I have no idea how it got into my main tank, nor do I particularly care. Anyone able to ID it? Posted Image Zoa opened under the ####ty LED's. Which is more than I could get to happen in my main tank... (I'm slowly removing everything from my main and making it Fowlr, only a couple of sick zoas left in it...) Posted Image Terrible FTS. Posted Image Another of the snail. Posted Image Another of the snail. Posted Image And. The sick zoa's in my main tank... Posted Image Idea's? **Yes I know. So much algae. It currently doesn't have a CuC. >.> The ####ing blue swimmer crab that I pulled out of the rockwork ate my CuC.

Edited by Cheese-Lover, 14 March 2012 - 02:01 PM.

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[codebox]So this update is not in regards to my little Boyu tank. But it is in regards to my other tank. About a year ago my girlfriend and I bought our first fish for my tank. A pair of tank-breed black and white clowns. They were the sole inhabitants of the 2foot (99litre, ~27gallons I think). Well this evening I was woken up by my external pump... It was much louder than it should have been. I turn the lights on to see whats going on, and the female clown was attacking the intake tube of the pump... Instead of the usual sleeping. Not seeing the two clowns together I got really worried, I checked the floor, took the rockscape apart... I couldn't find the male anywhere. He swam into the pump. He was rather messed up by the impeller of the pump and clearly dead. This was at 4:30am. By 5:00am he had a grave dug and was buried. The rockscape is now back together... There is now an intake mesh so fine a copepod couldn't ####ing get into it. And its siliconed in place. Now. These two were getting ready to spawn. I'm torn between not getting another clown... Or getting a much smaller than her male, possibly orange/white. Anyway. I'm off to do something constructive. So I don't get more upset about it. /wave [/codebox]

Edited by Cheese-Lover, 14 March 2012 - 02:02 PM.

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Now that is a nice look size tank!
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I'm going to try to drill the tank.

I've never drilled glass before, so, this might end badly.


If all goes well I'll be building the cabinet tomorrow and getting the tank wet on the weekend.
If it goes poorly. I'll be the first out of the competition.


Wish me luck.


And... I just cracked the tank. Going to try and fix it with a piece of acrylic... *sigh*
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I guess I shouldnt try and drill 1/16th glass for my first attempt at drilling... >.>

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Edited by Cheese-Lover, 20 March 2012 - 11:58 PM.

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If your going to patch it im pretty sure it should be with glass, being a glass tank and all. Best way would be to replace the entire pane or tank.

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If your going to patch it im pretty sure it should be with glass, being a glass tank and all. Best way would be to replace the entire pane or tank.


I'm going to use a windscreen repair kit on the glass.
And then silicone a new piece to the inside.

But that plan is on the back burner. Because I'm a lazy prick. >.>

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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