Originally Posted by Retzius
Very nice Dan,
I really like your stones. That was a lot of rescaping
Actually I emptied the tank and started completely over. I was disgusted with being rushed and forced to start over, I decided to step back, take my time and do things differently. When I realized I had the bag of ADA Bright Sand available and a box of Seiryu Stones that I haven't used yet (stuffed in my closet), it just came to me. Everything seem to just fall into place.
Originally Posted by Bunbuku
Just stumbled on to this thread. I really like you DIY stand very nice job! I particularly like the clean look of the light hangers!
Thank you but I can't take all the credit. Had it not been for forums like this one as well as many others, I probably wouldn't have had the inspiration or the blueprint
to get it done. The simplicity of Amano's design for a tank stand was where it all rooted from. But of course we all copy, innovate and try to save some money best we know how in the process.
The hangers was simple enough. The 12' (twelve feet) long half inch thick conduit pipe cost me a total of $1.69 at Home Depot. Yes, that is not a typo, I said, ("One Dollar Sixty Nine Cents")
although I had to purchase the pipe bender which was about $30, it still looked like an awesome deal to me. When I was done with the pipe bender (which took all of about 10 minutes) I went to Home Depot for some usual household items and told the manager that I had purchased a pipe bender, used it once and didn’t need it anymore. Surprisingly the manager told me to bring it back for a refund if I wanted to, which I did. Wow, talk about service!
Originally Posted by Bunbuku
With a needle wheel and 2217 you must have heck of a flow in that tank!
You would think so but I used a little ingenuity to make up for the brute force of the 2217 by extending the pipe return which worked out beautifully. I used this:
with enough extensions to take up the entire back wall of the tank. That slowed the flow down to just where I wanted it. The longer the return pipe the slower the flow. The shorter the return pipe the faster the flow. I got it just right where it did not up root or blow the plants around the tank.
In addition to the 2217, I use the Eheim Compact+ Marine Pump which are use for skimmers. Here is a photo of it:
The pump has a flow control knob that I use to dial in the flow of the pump. So whenever I want a little more flow I adjust the pump to my liking. It makes life a lot easier. Here is a photo of the flow control knob:
Next time I do a water change, I will open the pump and take a photo for you of the internal part that controls the flow just so you can see how simple it is. I really like this pump but I realized that it is not a self primer meaning if you don't prime the pump properly it will vibrate loudly (I think cavitate is the word I'm looking for) and make an awful sound. Its only when the pump is primed properly does it remain quiet.