(1) 64 Qt Sterilite Snap-Lid Container
(1) Tropic-Aire Reptile Air Exchanger / Humidifier
(1) 60 Gallon Aquarium Pump
(1) Grocery Bag or so full of Perlite
(1) Air Line 8ft
(2) Air Line Coupler
(1) Bottle of h202
-A Drill and a 11/64 drill bit
- Air Line
- Air Stones
- Making sure to stay below the Perlite level; I start with drilling 6 small holes along each side, and 10 or so on the bottom of the Sterilite container. Once the holes are drilled I rinse out the container to remove the plastic pieces from drilling.
- I measure the airline by matching it up to a bit before I drill a hole on the top of the lid to one side, this hole will allow us to run the airline into the FC. Then I rinse the lid off to remove the plastic pieces.
- I run the airline (supplied with the Tropic-Aire) through the hole in the top about 10 inches and leave the rest hanging out the top.
- Get the bottom portion of the container and put it in your shower, Wet the Perlite with the shower before pouring into the container. Once the Perlite is in the container I let the shower rinse it out for a couple minutes, letting it drain through the holes we created earlier.
- Once the Draining is finished I set my FC on a towel on top of a cardboard box in my closet. This keeps the FC about 16 inches off the ground. I suggest keeping a FC of this design elevated. I cut the air line about 2 feet from where it goes into the FC and put a coupler there. The coupler is there to test airflow by disconnecting and putting is next to your ear. If you get a tickle its working :thumbup: .
- I run the line to the discharge portion of the Tropic-Aire, then I rig up the Air Distribution Bar with the provided suction cups on the inside of the FC lid.
- I fill the Tropic-Aire with water and add a little h202 with it. I run the intake line from the Tropic-Aire into the reducer suplied with the pump. I cut the line between the air pump and the Tropic-Aire to insert a coupler for another serviceable point.
- I also prefer to run a heating mat below my FC under the towel, I use a cheap heating pad on the low setting. Although I highly recommend a dry/moist pad, heating cables or a seedling mat instead. Target temps are 78-82f.
*The Pump runs 24/7 due to its low draw
When building this I wanted to most effective way for removing Co2, which is why I chose to place holes at the bottom of the FC. The slight positive pressure generated by the air pump should help to alleviate contams. Most of our nasties seem to be anaerobic.
By having the Perlite at the bottom this controls pooling and also helps raise RH when the heating pad is on due to evaporation. By raising the temp you allow the air to carry more moisture as well.
P.S. Please feel free to suggest improvements