- Oct 21, 2020
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So this is where my build begins. My hope is to keep the same footprint as my current tank, (24"X24") but gain a few useful features and unnecessary complexity. To define what I want to achieve, I would like to reach a point of being able to leave this tank for 1 month with no manual intervention of any sort, and not worry about the occupants. (spare for special foods) I have been in the process of accumulating the equipment, but I do not plan to purchase the tank itself until near the end of the build. (money/space) I have been extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to incorporate an apex/trident, with the major trouble of this being a lack of space under the tank. I refuse to run a separate controls cabinet if I can avoid it, so my designs so far have been attempting to cram 50lbs of stuff into a 25lb bag. Without blowing all of my gimmicks to my current design, below are some teasers. I am a tooling engineer professionally, so I am fortunate to be able to use solidworks to model every component of my proposed build while on my lunch breaks. (I think this has taken 40-50 so far) Unfortunately Neptune does not supply 3d models for any of their equipment, so I cant really compact too much of that just yet. I plan to get much closer fitting models as I have the time to measure all of the curves and angles of the apex family. I hope to be able to supply the models when completed, as I see a definite need for them in the community.