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----my homemade kreisel tank-----

Postby Andus » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 6:37 pm

i have tried raising peppemint shrimp 3 times using just a glass tank, heater and air stone, but with no success.
i think it was just the water quality, and movement.

so after having a good look around mofib, i thought i should have a go at making a kreisel tank myself.

basicly just a normal glass tank, bought some perspecs or whatever it is from mitre 10, came off a roll.
then cut it to size, made a cut to insert the return blow thingy, then put it all in place and siliconed it up.
i have only just ordered some mesh from reef culture, so i complety finished yet.

oh and i painted all the sides appart from the front.. i heard the larvae dont like light comming from everywhere? also i think you can see them easier wehn they are contrasted against the black

here are some picks (ignore the crappy diagram on the front, i was mucking around earlyer lol)

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but once i have my mesh, i will put it on the opposite side of the perspex, and then hook up a small pump.
i was thinking about putting live rock and macro algea in the pump area... and starting a copepod population hehe


what are your thoughts everyone?

cheers, Andrew
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Postby Barney83 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 6:46 pm

Looks an interesting set up, looking forward to see how ya go with it!
Does the water just sit within the perspex area and the remainder of the tank is dry?
Or do you fill that up and hook a pump up to the head you've cut in, or do you blow air in it?
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Postby Andus » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 6:57 pm

umm pretty much the whole tank is full of water, and the perspex is just a divider to keep all the larvae in there. the water level in the perspex should stay the same as outside in the rest of the tank. i will try and make a photo to illustrate it lol
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Postby Andus » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 7:04 pm

good old ms paint..

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so the water level will be the light blue spray paint line..

and the larvae spin (gently) around with the bluish purple swirls.
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Postby Barney83 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 7:35 pm

Ahuh, makes good sense.
So is the mesh really fine so as to not let any larvae out?
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Postby Andus » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 7:38 pm

yeahp thats right.
it was a bit of a pain finding what mesh to buy, but i ended up ordering a sheet of 150 micron and a 300 micron.
i guess i will just have to see what they are like when they get here.. i dont want to have one so fine that it just gets blocked and wont let much flow, and i dont want one where the larvae can get sucked through, or caught.
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Postby coral1 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 8:53 pm

very cool!! be interesting to see how this goes
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Postby wadeswang » Thu 28 May, 2009 10:09 pm

hey mate how big is the little tank
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Postby Paddy » Sat 10 Oct, 2009 9:31 pm

Update..
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