DTC Build - Horseplay

Discussion in 'Drink Tank Challenge (pico)' started by horseplay, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. horseplay

    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Start of the build. 1g pickle jar. I figure since it's a challenge let's go small or go home :)

    Heater: 8w marina Betta heater. $10
    Temp controller: petzilla PDT-1. $17.
    Light: par 38 bulb. $15.

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    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    I like it
     
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    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    One thing I realized quickly is that when I put my hand in the jar half of the water is out :)
     
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    Very nice, can't wait to see your Copperband in there, lol.


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  6. Mark_C

    Mark_C Well-Known Member NJRC Member Moderator

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    Easy water changes then.

    Like the rock on the back wall thing.
     
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    I like it!


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    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    So quick update. I put in a Kenya tree and a sunny d poly frag. Both dead after 3 days. I used a little bit of GE silicone, supposed to be safe. Also the Kenya tree was covered in air bubbles at one point. Although after it's dead the bubbles are gone. Not sure what caused the death. Did a 80% water change. Will give it another try.
     
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    Mark_C Well-Known Member NJRC Member Moderator

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    Joe,
    Under the impression that GE silicone needs 24 hours to set but has to cure for at least a week.
    I've used it a number of times and always let it cure for 2 weeks before I add water.
    Dont know if that was the problem, just dropping in my experience.
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  10. Tyler

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    I like the idea for such a small tank! Any update now?
    I’m a bit late on this but my experience with GE has been pretty quick. Usually the smell of acetic acid is gone after 2-3 days, then I let it sit with tap water for a few hours or so, then rinse once or twice and fill with what I wanted. I did that for my sump when I made a new one and main tank and never had any problems :)


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    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    I have to shut it down and will redo when I have time again. Due to the problem with the silicone. The snails I put in also perished.
     
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    Mark Shelly Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Did the tank cycle first?
     
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    horseplay Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    No. I figure the sand is already full of bacteria
     
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    I would recommend 50 prevent water changes during the cycle period
     
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    Mark_C Well-Known Member NJRC Member Moderator

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    Crap. Sorry Joe. I'm sure the sand was OK. Agreed, most likely the curing time on the silicone.
     

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