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Old 11-13-2005, 06:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I didn't make this one. It was given to me as part of a protein skimmer class I took some time ago.
Ahh, thanks Art. I could not figure out how you could make that jig but have to free hand the hole

Niko, I would use either a tablesaw jig or a chopsaw. Be very accurate and patient with the setup and you will get a good cut. You may have to clean up the cut with fine sandpaper spray adhesived to very flat stock (scrap MDF works great for this). If you need to chat it over more drop me an email or PM.
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Dennis,

CNC router was used to machine the jig. I could have used the circle cutter to cut a circle in MDF that would fit in the nano and then used a hole saw to create the jig. However, that would take much more time than I had.
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Old 11-17-2005, 03:48 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Well, found some time to work on it.

Have found a problem with the design. Can you find it?

Here is the tank and the sanding pads I'll use. I won't use all of them but will work my way up to about 3000 grit.


Once I finish sanding, I'll polish the edges with the felt pad below.


After I sanded the tank and polished with the felt, I give it a good once over with Novus 1 polish. Does an excellent job. The acrylic edges are now extremely smooth and clear.


Here's a bad pic of the edges. Although they look white here, it is the flash. They are actually rounded and clear.


Here's another attempt to give you a sense of how they are rounded over.


Here's a shot of the bottom. Notice how clear the edge is?


Here is the Azoo powerhead splitter on the bottom. The idea is to push water through the bottom.


Here's a shot of the tank with the ADA substrate. I'm going to use a little Power Sand Special S and Rio Negro Sand.


This is the bottom with the Power Sand.


Here is the Rio Negro. I will smooth things out now so that we don't have the jagged line between the Power Sand and the Rio Negro.


So, have you figured out what I'm concerned about yet???
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Do you have some kind of hollow base that will house the filter, or exactly how will you raise the bottom to accept the filtration method?
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This is looking good, nice work

So, have you figured out what I'm concerned about yet???

A WHIRLPOOL???
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Sorry, I should have mentioned the bottom piece.

I'm building a square base that will function as the sump. The aquarium will sit in the middle of it and will be raised enough for the mini powerhead to pump water into the bottom.

That's not the problem though. It is related to it.
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A WHIRLPOOL???
Ha! I wasn't worried about that until you mentioned it! No, the pump will put out too little water to create a whirlpool effect. Well, that's what I hope anyways...
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Are you worried about the tubing twisting? I would thing they would wrap around themselves unless the tank turns REAL slow.

What is that splitte thing on the bottom, I son't quite understand the hardware? Also, how does the rotating mechanicism work and how does it integrate into your "sump"?

Tank and polishing look great though! Nice work
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It's a rotating infinity tank? That wasn't mentioned anywhere through the log, was it? I've been following this pretty closely and think the infinity tank is an awesome idea.

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Dennis,

It's not a rotating tank. I just posted that idea in the first post to show what wild ideas are out there.

Let me give everyone a hint. What happens if the power goes out?
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