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    First canopy for my cube tank

    Howdy!

    It has been a while since I have build anything worth mentioning, but it is about to change. My tank suffer from lack of light, even though I have 4x24W fixture + UV basking light for a turtle. The tank size is 70cm x 70cm and the canopy gonna be 15cm high. This is what I come up with:

    - 4x spot lights that you normally install in drywall ceilings + 4x LED 6W / 450lm bulbs (~23)
    - boards cut to size with mm precision (18!!)
    - random cords and cables (free as i already have them lying around)

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    These two large holes are for pothos plants and a fan, which will suck air out of the tank (turtles in covered tanks are prone to get fungal respiratory system infections)


    And this is the execution of the plans (really hard to see in my dark cellar Click here to enlarge

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    The last picture shows the top board which will not be screwed in place. It will sit on top and to help it align i have cut some 3/4" PVC pipes in half. I am about to cut to holes for lights and the fan/plants, but still need to find the right hole-saws! As you can see I can add more lights if needed and if I (finally) finish my LEDs i can also accommodate it.


    What do you think about my design?

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    It turned out pretty neat considering i didn't find a hole-saw. I was drilling around the hole and finished it with a jigsaw.

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    It is mostly done. At least worth trying out.

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    The wiring is the most advanced cable management known to mankind. Sort of.


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    Thet thingy in the corner is a USB-powered fan that i had laying around. Absolutely necessary as after 3 minutes with the canopy on, the walls of the tank got really foggy. After switching, the fan needed maybe 20 second to remove excessive humidity.

    Few things to finish:
    - make cable management even better (is it even possible?)
    - paint remaining edges
    - make an air duct for air leaving the tank (through the hole where pothos plants are)
    - consider making another hole for UV light

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