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Old 12-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #41
 
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So that's what you call disgusting. I may have to withdraw my pic offer.
Haha what!!! Nooooo! Post the pics! Lol
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:04 PM   #42
 
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I was commenting about Nilet699's photo of his 54 liter tank. He said it was disgusting in an earlier post to try to get me to provide a photo of my TRULY disgusting 30 gallon tank. I should have used "quote". I love the photos and ideas you have been sharing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #43
 
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I was commenting about Nilet699's photo of his 54 liter tank. He said it was disgusting in an earlier post to try to get me to provide a photo of my TRULY disgusting 30 gallon tank. I should have used "quote". I love the photos and ideas you have been sharing.
Oh good, your on, now we get pics. Maybe not for you, but it doesnt please me and is disgusting to me, heck, I might LOVE your tank!

Apart from the off topic too lol, this thread has provided a few nice ideas for me so far. The hardest bit though is going to be acquiring the correct type of foam for the job, and trying to pick what is aquarium safe yet shape able with heat or more likely a scalpel.

Another option is to use wood for th cliffs and then use sanguine plastic mesh if there were any gaps which would hold back the substrate behind it IF it was strong enough
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #44
 
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Oh good, your on, now we get pics. Maybe not for you, but it doesnt please me and is disgusting to me, heck, I might LOVE your tank!

Apart from the off topic too lol, this thread has provided a few nice ideas for me so far. The hardest bit though is going to be acquiring the correct type of foam for the job, and trying to pick what is aquarium safe yet shape able with heat or more likely a scalpel.

Another option is to use wood for th cliffs and then use sanguine plastic mesh if there were any gaps which would hold back the substrate behind it IF it was strong enough
I think it's mostly a matter of creating an illusion and masking the artificial stuff with plants and well placed decor. You could use the mesh to do most of the work and hide it with whatever materials you like. Personally, I would use natural rocks of the same type and appearance for the cliffs. Having said that, I have ugly aquariums. Disregard what I've posted here. I'm going to look for a camera now. My wife has a habit of scooping everything into her purse, taking it to her studio, and never bringing it back. So wish me luck. You'll get many a laugh.

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #45
 
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Ahh as long as they bring you joy that's all that matters in my eyes tbh!
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:14 PM   #46
 
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HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

seems i MAY have found a solution to my problem. it seems juwel offer a fake aquarium rock made of glass fiber reinforced plastic!

here's a linky.....

JUWEL® Aquarium | Cliff light terrace A Terrace A

now thats not quite the look im going for but the rocks would be a nice addition and i think if i took my scalpel to them (muahaha) i could effectively carve out what i want from them- including a hole in one to add a plec cave into and under my substrate.....

thoughts anyone???
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #47
 
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They do make something called HandiFoam, that is specifically designed to create waterfall type things for Koi ponds that is safe to use in aquariums. It is an expanding foam product.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #48
 
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Yes i've looked into this, and the problem as with foam is the buoyancy issue primarily, and then the fact my tank is already established secondarily.
I have thought about doing it on something and then just sliding it in but then again.....still have the buoyancy issue. I think this could be circum-navigated possibly by using a base of river stone in the approximate shape and then building up and around them though.

At the moment im edging towards the already crafted juwel option, they sink, look good and yet still give me the option of literally cutting a hole in one and sliding in a plec cave into it and under the gravel, but i also dont want my tank to look overly generic. Though saying this, i dont see a lot of this knocking about

Theres two main colours to choose between though, unfortunately not all of them come in the blocks, either the dark or chalk, i cant decide whether to go for the dark as more of a stand out against the substrate and sand, or the chalk colour........as i do love the chalk cliffs at dover!

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Old 12-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #49
 
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To bad that place is in the UK.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:13 PM   #50
 
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I'm in the UK though too
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