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Post Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:56 pm   Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Just wanted to share my cheap pvc and eggcrate dock. You can get all the parts for this dock for about $20-25 at the hardware store and should only take you a couple of hours to assemble. The dock is rock solid.

Materials:

3/4 pvc pipe you can get 10' for $4
Sheet of eggcrate diffusor found in the lighting department
2 - 3/4 "T" elbows
6 - 3/4 right angle elbows, or just get a 10-pack
pvc glue is optional
Something to cut the pvc pipe like a hacksaw or buy the special cutter

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The "T" are placed closest to the glass like and upside down letter T.
The top of the dock hooks around the back of the tank, the hook and T support the entire dock.
I bent the eggcrate using a heat gun to create a ramp.

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:14 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Looks good. I'm using PVC/tile in one tank and it's been pretty solid. Has Fred been using it?
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:59 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

I like this !!! It is exactly what I need to make for Scooter.... it looks fairly east to do to..
Do Freds feet/nails get caught up in the little squares at all?? Other than that, I think this is perfect!
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:09 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Very nice. DIY is the way to go.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:02 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Looks good!
steve wrote:Looks good. I'm using PVC/tile in one tank and it's been pretty solid. Has Fred been using it?

by the way when are we going to see your setup?
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:25 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

good luck!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:29 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

steve wrote:Looks good. I'm using PVC/tile in one tank and it's been pretty solid. Has Fred been using it?


He uses it daily. I do find that since the eggcrate allows the basking light to reach the bottom of the tank I do get a bit of algae on the glass and on the surface of the sand.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:11 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

kerby wrote:by the way when are we going to see your setup?


I'm pretty sure it's been posted somewhere :)
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:00 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

haha
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:58 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

steve wrote:
kerby wrote:by the way when are we going to see your setup?


I'm pretty sure it's been posted somewhere :)

Ill be looking
and does PVC release chemicals into the water like the glue?
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:00 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

PVC is inert, it's used in the water pipes in most homes. The PVC "glue" is actually solvent, the chemical melts a thin layer of PVC and actually welds it together. Once two pieces are bonded there is no way to un-join them.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:06 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Edit:Great my turts might have a new underwater dock to rest!
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:45 pm   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Do you have a picture of how it hangs on the back of the tank? Are there four elbows with short pieces of PVC for the "hook"? What length do those pieces need to be cut?
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:29 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

I think it's just the right angle elbow. The rim on the outside is flat, so no need to extend or hook it (I think anyway).
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:41 am   Re: Cheap PVC and eggcrate dock

Since pictures speak 1k words, I went downstairs to Fred's tank and took a few. I didn't do any actual measuring I just kinda freehand cut them using a pair of racheting pvc cutters. I think's about 10 inches in height. Fred never showed any interest in climbing or escaping the tank so I have it pretty close to the top. At some point I'd like to turn it into a true ATBA.

Here's how it hangs on the tank:
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Hanging on tank

You can see it has a slight downward tilt. It contacts the tank at the bottom "T" and the "hook". It's extremely secure.

From the side:
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Fron the side

Here you can see the only parts where I used glue are the 90 degree elbows to form the "hook" and the part there it attaches to the "T" the rest is just pressure fit.

This is the bottom:
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Bottom

You can see I attached the eggcrate using zip ties. You can probably add another pair of "T" and add a another horizontal piece to make it sturdier but I found it unnecessary.
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