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bilti

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  1. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    The algae is from the old setup. I hope to solve it in time with a blue leg hermit. Can I use other method?
  2. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    update:
  3. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    milka:
  4. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    new additions: sexy shrimp and a small clown fish:
  5. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    Background preparation: Step 1: make a thin layer of silicon on the back. Step 2: use some coral coarse higher dimension. press it with your finger on the silicon layer Step 3: use some coral sand and press it with your finger on the silicon layer Step4: put some silicon on the background and on the back of the rocks press and press it on the background. Final result: Wait at list 5 days and fill it with water: First day after the set-up:
  6. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    Thanks Astking. The regular glass has a very bad quality here and this was the main reason to go for ultraclear. Back to my pico now is time for hood preparation! For this I use a DIY one made out of komatex and cover with black tape (is a kind of tape which is use to cover large area and to give a wood look. I don't know the word in English). First I want to cut the hole for the LED`s. The main purpose is to have the heatsink out of the hood. This is to keep the water cool. LED, pump and electrical connection: Base on my experience I have choose the 10watt led model so 2x10000K and 2x actinic blue under driven at 2,5watt. In total of 10watt. And this is the final look:
  7. Bilti`s 2.5G DIY AIO Pico

    I had a very old wish to make a small pico reef for my office so I said that now is the time. As the ordinary glass is not the best decision for such a tank I have decided to go with the ultra clear type : Diamant de Saint Gobain. Below you can compare the quality, in the left is the ordinary one. After ordering the glass is time to use the silicon and make the tank. Due to it miniature size the quality of the seal is very important and we have to use some tape. the tank is 26x23x16 cm and 5 are reserved for the filtration located in the back. In inch this is coresponding to 10x9x6 so a total volume arround 2.6 gallons. The back will have a DIY background in order to hide the pump and the filtration. to be continued
  8. bilti reef 16G

    DIY nitrate reactor. Second step is to install a DIY calcium reactor.
  9. bilti reef 16G

    The tank is seems to go better now: I still have some problem with the green algae. Hope that Phos-ex from JBL to do the task.
  10. bilti reef 16G

    I had a big disaster in my tank trying to electrocute aiptasia so I have decided to increase the water volume by adding a sump with an integrated refugium. Due to the small available space I made one with the following footprint 43x31cm. The refugium water level flow is very easy to adjust by turning the 90 degree pipe up and down. Drilling the tank was easy and here is waiting for silicone drying: Here is how is working: and here installed under the hood:
  11. DIY ATO

    Is specific to each tank setup and depend of your evaporation level and the return volume of your sump. if is summer and you are using coolers to evaporate the water the pump can start more that 20 times/day.
  12. DIY ATO

    I will not recommend to use of a water pump. I have seen a lot of pump which is having problem if you are using in a very high number of on/off cycle. The first symptom will be that the pump will not start moving and the consumption will be to high and will destroy the floating switch. If you really want to use a water pump I will put tonight a diagram which is using a power relay to start the pump.
  13. DIY ATO

    You are right jnam but this is not a safety problem. Even if the relay will be "soldered" due to a higer current the switch witll be isolated from the water. Of course will pump all the water in aquarium. A higher current will be present only in case of an motor. Anyway I will put (tonight) a diagram with a relay but I say again, this is not necessary if you use an air pump.
  14. DIY ATO

    Regarding the durability the float is designed to switch more than 100000 cycles in normal condition. Please pay attention to match the float switch with your requirement! If you are using an air pump this is maximum 10W and 0.1A at 110V and 0.2A at 220V. In this case any float switch from ebay will work. In case of using a water pump is better to use an relay driven by the float. If you need I can make a diagram for interested people. @ls2goat: this is the holder. it`s made out of acrylic and with glue.
  15. DIY ATO

    @projectPate: you are right. the pressure is pushing the water. a good air pump can put the water till 2 meter. @ls2goat: the parts list is: 1.regular air pump. bigger one if you want to put the water at a higher level. 2.regular power cable 1.5 meters. 3. sparkling water bottle. any bottle is good. bigger means more autonomy. 4. male+female power cord 5. 2 plastic parts (I don't know the name in English) to put through the bottle stopper. you can drill the stopper and glue the air tube directly without these white plastic parts. 6. one float switch. you can buy from ebay. keyword "water level sensor". 7.tape to isolate the wire. Please note that the pump is using high voltage (220 or 110 volts-depend of the country) so pay attention when you make the cable and don't put the cable in the water except the ones from the floating switch.
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