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post #11 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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you guys are right. thanks for the suggestions. i guess i will need patience and your guys help. i painted the back of my tank last night and will start it up tomorrow. i guess i am just a new person that wants it done asap. now i know its all about patience.
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post #12 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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this is the new aquarium i am setting up a 50 gallon jebo R390
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post #13 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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this is after 4 coats of rust oleum flat black paint. i used a roller applied a very thin coat and let it dry for about 45 minutes and gave it 1 coat at a time letting it fry about an hour and a half in between each coat. i stayed up till 2am but well worth it
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post #14 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 06:42 PM
lol i don't have patients that's why i keep fish...they teach me ^.^ btw nice job with the paint.never tried it before.....hmmm... makes me think of my 104 g tank thats on the way...isn't paint toxic???

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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post #15 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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lol i don't have patients that's why i keep fish...they teach me ^.^ btw nice job with the paint.never tried it before.....hmmm... makes me think of my 104 g tank thats on the way...isn't paint toxic???
i think it is toxic, but you paint the outside from what i was told it wont seep through the glass. i hope it doesnt harm it but everyone on different forums kept saying to roll paint on it or spray paint it. i preffered to roll it on and am very pleased with the outcome. hopefully i can get my LR, sand and water tomorrow. im planning on adding about 60 pounds of LR with a 4" sand bed.
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post #16 of 27 Old 06-27-2010, 07:12 PM
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i personally spray just for how easy it is. just make sure if you do, tape off the edges with tape + plastic/newspaper to avoid overspray. remember many light coats are always better then a heavy coat or two.
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post #17 of 27 Old 06-28-2010, 12:28 AM
they bleed and get lumpy =( will deff try it when the tank arrives.ty for the info ^.^

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #18 of 27 Old 07-03-2010, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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finally added the lr and water

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post #19 of 27 Old 07-03-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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first night before it cleared up

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post #20 of 27 Old 07-03-2010, 08:37 AM
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looking great so far and im glad you decided to slow things down. in the long run ( which if done right your tank should have no problem reaching the long run ) it will pay off.

i really like your rock work, but im going to suggest to move that one large ball shaped rock on the upper left. ofcourse you dont have to, as its your tank but for one it doesnt look very natural ( but the rest of the rock looks outstanding! ) more importantly it doesnt look very stable and i would hate to see it tumble. it also looks like without it you would have a flatter surface for coral placement. maybe put it in the back? really though i like your rock work

do you just have that 1 powerhead? you may have to add another as you'll want little to no dead spots in the tank. a good placement for having 2 powerheads is one on either side of the tank. hope that helps some and it looks like your off to a fantastic start. remember patience is key!
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