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A diamond in the rough....Hopefully
Old 01-14-2013, 09:32 PM   #21
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Using 1" and 2" sheeting. I'll try and get a better picture tonight and repost
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:31 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by TitanTDH View Post
The foam is going to be cut, painted and sealed to form a Rockwall allowing me to cover the equipment inside the tank. Intention Is to terrace the background to prove shelter and depth.
OK, that makes sense.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:49 PM   #23
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Hi all, apologies for the delay in posting updates, been busy with work. But i have finished phase two and taken better pictures with a camera and not my stupid Iphone.

So picture one is the tank and stand cleaned and varnished
picture two is with all the goodies i get to fit
pictre three is the 3D layout (hope it comes through bigger)
Picture four is showing the suction side
picture five is the disharge side.

The Eheim pre filter was purchased to assist in cleaning. I am currently sick of trying to remove the sponge filter in my tank and have all the crap fall of it and spread through the tank. So at least this will allow me to pick up the unit without losing all the fisk poo. Rinse and reinstall. Plus reduces the requirment to pull the canister filter apart to rinse the media as often. Win win if you ask me.

Another question to go out to the forum. I have been researching UV Sterilizers. I have the following pros which include, reduction in disease liklihood(Ich and Columnaris), reduction in algae growth (Certain Species). I spoke to the LFS regardng it and he went around and showed me his plumbing setup with sterilizers supporting 5-10 tanks. He was a big fan of the option.
So my question is are there any negative comments against using UV sterilisers? I am looking for as much info and so far all i can find is good info. The unit will be a 9W UV Steriliser if i make the purchase?

Budget so far
Tank/Stand $60
Materials $200 (materials for 3D Build)
Filter $190 (Eheim 250 classic and pre-filter)
Lighting $115 (aquaone Dual T8 30w)

Look Forward to your comments
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #24
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Stand is beautiful; now the challenge will to make the aquascape out-compete it.

I can understand why a store would like UV sterilizers; most have circulating water systems and disease is very easily passed from tank to tank, plus the water clarity might improve. But in a home aquarium this should never be necessary.

It is true they may kill some algae, but only in the water column passing through the sterilizer, so this means only "green water" issues. Algae will still colonize surfaces.

As for killing bacteria, if one has a healthy aquarium and quarantines new fish, this should never be an issue.

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #25
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Just a thought but, I wonder if having too sterile of conditions is beneficial. Is it possible that the fish could lose their natural ability to fight off disease ?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:51 PM   #26
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Background is beutiful - but what are the holes for, to hold plants???
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #27
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Yeah Aussie the holes are intended for stem and root plants. I intend to carve channels so the roots can get into the substrate. And not become root bound.

Interesting point about the reduction in immune system. I originally thought that this was the case, but research says that it reduces the likelihood and all sources still recommended water changes. I figure a good diet, stress less environment and water quality maintenance will always keep the immune system up, but a helping hand with the sterilizer was an option that I was looking into.

I will be using my current tank for a four week quarantine. But that will be a while yet as the background may prove problematic with installation. That being the glass partition in the middle of the tank. Am brainstorming over beers as I write this.

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:55 AM   #28
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Hello all, Apologies fr the delay, have been having all sorts of issues non aquarium related. THE BUILD IS ON.
I hope the pictures are clear enough. My focus is based around a waterwhole eroded away from an underground spring.
The base is still to be cut. Im leaving it whole to provide stability as the backwall is built up. Basicall on the left you can see the square marked out for the suction pre filter. The right hand side is where te heater and sparay bar will be. My intention is to suspend the spray bar vertically directed onto the heater and let the chamber fill up and cascade over the lip into the tank. Thus reducing surface agitation yet providing a flow. I still have aproximately six layers to build up but i hope you get the idea.
On another note i have purchashed some drift wood. I will place it into the next series of pictures when thefinal layers are built. It may require some cutting to fit the tank but hopefully it will provide a focal point for the tank with the background giviing the tank depth.

Well i open the floor for comments and critique.


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Old 02-25-2013, 05:12 AM   #29
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Hey all,
Well progress has been made with the build. I have attached pictures with the stand to get a feel forthe build. But the test fit went with a few minor hitches and after much deliberation i cut away the sections on the front of the base. At the moment it is held togeter by the magic of toothpicks.

So i have a few questions before i proceed. I am going to seal each layer with marine grade epoxy resin so please factor that into my questions.

1. Aside from toothpicks holdingit together, Is there a glue that i can use to strengthen the layers before i get into chipping and sanding the layers?
2. Researching for a few hours today on work time (Naughty i know) about acrylic paint. Varying levels of yes or no for the aquarium safe side of the house. Am i right to go ahead and order the paint given that the layers will be sealed with epoxy.

Hope you enjoy the pics and as always critique and criticise my work so i can make it better
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #30
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Lookin good what a lot of work we did a 3d rock wall in our 120 gallon but lot as elaborate as this one

Good job on the stand my 120 came with alot of scraping to do too
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