Soundproof aquarium cabinet made of MDF blank, by Vasilis

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Axolotls cannot withstand heat, so we bought a cooler for our aquarium. That thing makes noise and we don't want that. And so I made an aquarium cabinet where the inlet and outlet run through a well-insulated gas cabinet.

DIY: soundproof aquarium cabinet

First, of course, measured everything. How big is the filter? How big is the chiller? How big is the rest of the things I want in the cupboard. This resulted in the format of the inner box. Most of the noise comes from the exhaust. So I had it made as many twists as possible, taking into account the required dimensions of the exhaust. I used the space that remained to allow the inlet to meander as much as possible along insulation material. I had the MDF delivered to a friend with a set construction company. I spent two days doing odd jobs there. Then I saw an extra plywood top, because MDF is less strong than I thought. And then glued everything together. Then I glued the insulation material (3.0 cm thick, and in the engine room 5.0 cm thick) on it. And then the big question, does it work? It was still exciting. Is the cabinet strong enough to carry 160 liters of water? Looks like it is. And what about the sound? That also succeeded. It's so quiet that I really have to do my best to hear it.

Customized aquarium cabinet

The final outer dimensions, without aquarium and without wheels, are 108.0 cm wide, 66.0 cm high and 55.0 cm deep.

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