Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:37 pm

Okay, about the lighting set up, it looks like a pendant, it blends in with the aesthetics of the room, until scrutinized closely.
and puts out a decent amount of light for the tank.
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What i did was, I bought a 15-20 watts LED bulb from the local electrical supply shop, with 6500K rating. Was around Rs 300.
Sawed the dome/diffuse off, I almost sawed it through 90%, then it got dislodged from its adhesive and came off like a top hat.
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Cut off the flap of the box on one end, made a pencil hole on the other end to put the wire through. put the bulb in ( attached with the pendant holder, and all the electrical items assembled )
Used a thin plastic sheet ( Transparent 2 ltr soda Pet bottle ) to cover the bottom end to shield the LED chips from water splashes, and covered the whole thing up with a paper from my printer.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:41 pm

Got a 18" shelf support angle from the local hardware store, cost around Rs 50
drilled it in place around 8ft off the ground right above the tank, and hung the whole pendant from it with the help of some strings.
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The whole thing was ready under 1 hr and looks quite decent too, All the items are available locally, no need to go to Chandni chowk.
No need for heatsinks, drivers and all other complications.

Anyway, I think Jugaad come in handy sometimes =))

@arindam77 let me know what you think.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby arindam77 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:03 pm

Sorry, but I want something decent. Something like, ADA Aquasky. (I know, it's too ambitious statement).
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:20 pm

arindam77 wrote:Sorry, but I want something decent. Something like, ADA Aquasky. (I know, it's too ambitious statement).



Thats allright, I was looking for a quick fix anyway :D .

The Aquasky design is quite doable IMO, the LED part is relatively easy. The Acrylic part is the main challenge, would suggest to go for laser cutting, cause flame polish after milling doesn't really get the exact sharpness. Also, getting good SMDs are an absolute must.
Good luck and do post picture, I am sure it would inspire others too.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby arindam77 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:29 pm

Thanks for the inspiration. But, It doesn't need to be that perfect. Anything similar would do. Flame polish may be the option.
Thanks for suggesting.
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