225 upgrade IS HERE

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by iani, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. mann i wana see this thing built already..haha...looks like a good start so far Ian
     
  2. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    You know..Ian is never happy with what he has for long and gets the urge to upgrade again. Bets on what will replace his 225 in 2 years? lol :-D
     
  3. iani

    iani Guest

    Patrick, I want to get started on the actuator this weekend. I'll see if I have the time.

    Tony, we will see. You do know I like to upgrade. haha.
     
  4. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    I don't know what all the hype is its a big rectangular piece of glass,LOL

    This tank is massive n makes my 120 look like a biocube. I will be leaving for a family issue n I will be back late sun early Monday I will call you then
     
  5. iani

    iani Guest

    Jess, I hope everything is ok. Sure give me a call on Monday.
     
  6. iani

    iani Guest

    Alright, it will probably be a little bit before I actually get the actuator working. I am going to go with a couple of these kits to turn my 6 mounting points to 3 wires.
    http://www.sunlightsupply.com/hort/products.aspx?request=WIRE_SUSPENSION_KIT_2_POINT&title=Light+Movers+/+Hangers&type=product

    This will make my pulley system much easier to implement. Less elaborate = better.
     
  7. iani

    iani Guest

    Actuator and pulleys in place.
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    Testing
    YouTube - Track actuator, for light fixture


    The fixture has 6 mounting points. However to make things easier, I bought a couple sunlight supply double point hanging kits to turn the 6 points into 3. That is why there are only 3 cables. My plan is to mount this thing to the ceiling and build a nice box around it so all you see are the 3 cables coming down.
     
  8. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    It looks good!
     
  9. iani

    iani Guest

    Thanks Eileen.
     
  10. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Looks good Ian. Can't wait to see it on the lights over your tank.
     
  11. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Sweet, when you get it built make a shopping list I'd like something like that too :D
     
  12. iani

    iani Guest

    Thanks Brian.
     
  13. iani

    iani Guest

    Mike here is what you need.
    http://www.firgelliauto.com/default.php?cPath=104
    I got the 20" faster track actuator

    Part # 3213T52 from mcmaster.com

    The stainless steel wire came in the sunlight supply two point hanging kit.
    I also used #10 1.25" bolts, washers, and lock nuts.

    That's it so far.
     
  14. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Is there a reason you went with a track actuator over a run of the mill linear actuator?
     
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yes. It's much easier to make a lift using the track over a linear. The track doesn't extend twice it's closed size thus making it have half the foot print of a linear.
     
  16. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    But other than foot print, is there an issue?
     
  17. iani

    iani Guest

    The issue in the thread I linked was that the linear actuator mounting point would also spin.
     
  18. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Ah, I completely missed that part. Re-read the thread and he seemed to talk about the fix, but yeah, seems like the track actuator would just be the better plan in the long run, plus the one you got apparently has the power supply already connected (I'm assuming it's an AC/DC converter)
     
  19. iani

    iani Guest

    Yes power supply included, which was a bonus.
     
  20. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    The dimensions of the tank are perfect. Where you getting your tank built?
     

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