55 Gallon Mbuna Build - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 21 Old 08-24-2011, 10:07 PM
zof
Member
 
zof's Avatar
 
Try the 3m spray adhesive on the foam, it will hold it all together good enough until you get the epoxy over the whole thing to make it solid. Btw looking good, waiting for next update.
zof is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
TexasTanker's Avatar
 
We have power back!

I started over on the rock wall. Using contact cement I glued all the boards together creating three large blocks that I then carved. I took my time on this one and let it set for a day.




Once everything was carved up I mixed a sloppy batch of cement to do a scratch coat over the surface of all the pieces. Tools are handy... on larger projects, I just wore gloves and applied it all with my hands.



Next up, I'll mix a heavier batch and probably color it and add some sparkle for a heavier coat. Once it sets a little i'll carve it out and shape it. I have masonry sealant for when it's all done and dry.

Oh, I painted the back wall of the 55 gallon also.

"Good schools do not make one educated. The ability and desire to learn makes one educated."

"Knowledge does not make a person smart. Utilizing that knowledge makes them smart."
TexasTanker is offline  
post #13 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 11:16 AM
Member
 
willow's Avatar
 
looks like you're well on your way. :)
i bet the fish are going to have a blast in there. !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
willow is offline  
post #14 of 21 Old 09-04-2011, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
TexasTanker's Avatar
 
I am my own worst critic!

I finished three versions of the rock wall and hated each incarnation. I really didn't like the materials or textures, or volume of the finished products. I may come back to this after I've gotten a larger tank and have done more research into available materials. For what I was wanting Styrofoam and cement just don't translate. Sooooo, I'm gonna do an amazon tank... after I've gotten finished removing a shelving built in from my office, repainting, and setting up a tanked wall. Whole other kind of project. I will be sure to update on that through.

"Good schools do not make one educated. The ability and desire to learn makes one educated."

"Knowledge does not make a person smart. Utilizing that knowledge makes them smart."
TexasTanker is offline  
post #15 of 21 Old 09-04-2011, 02:18 PM
Member
 
willow's Avatar
 
very frustrating when a plan won't work.
keep us posted on what you get up too.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
willow is offline  
post #16 of 21 Old 09-04-2011, 03:30 PM
zof
Member
 
zof's Avatar
 
Styrofoam can be a pain to work with, but one of the funnest and interesting ways to work with it is heat, by a heat gun or a soldering iron or a home made styrofoam cutter, just make sure to stay in a well ventilated place as the smoke coming from melting Styrofoam is toxic. As for the cement I guess its just one of those trial and error things, but let use know when you get it.
zof is offline  
post #17 of 21 Old 09-05-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
TexasTanker's Avatar
 
135 Gallon Tank just showed up!

Now what? LOL I had just decided to do either a full on SE Asia Biotope thing or Brazillian.... Then I decided to get a second 55 and do one of each.... NOW... Back to choosing which one and convincing my husband that this will be fun! I think I might have assured him I'd get rid of a few other tanks to make room.
I'm leaning towards Brazillian....

The good news is I just bought 100 pounds of giant river rocks and have already located a really cool piece of drift wood.... Husband has happily volunteered(ish) to get it. I just have to locate a chainsaw.

I am not a giant fan of the stand. It's metal, looks like knife edge or angle iron stuff. Very simple but the weight of the entire tank (1000 pounds) will come down on 4 small posts. I don't like the way that weight will be distributed onto my hardwood floors and non slab foundation. I can either buy a better stand or build.... that'd require tools... It'd be cheaper to buy the stand. We'll see.

"Good schools do not make one educated. The ability and desire to learn makes one educated."

"Knowledge does not make a person smart. Utilizing that knowledge makes them smart."
TexasTanker is offline  
post #18 of 21 Old 09-06-2011, 09:20 AM
Member
 
willow's Avatar
 
i'd just buy a stand,my DIY is dangerous at the best of times. lol
but if you're able,why not ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
willow is offline  
post #19 of 21 Old 09-07-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
TexasTanker's Avatar
 
Just put together a stand for the 125. I borrowed it from here. I'm loving it so far, I just need a facade and to put the tank on it. If I do end up going with the Hamberger Mattenfilter over a canister, I won't need the space below to be fancy since it will be solely for storage.


"Good schools do not make one educated. The ability and desire to learn makes one educated."

"Knowledge does not make a person smart. Utilizing that knowledge makes them smart."
TexasTanker is offline  
post #20 of 21 Old 09-08-2011, 11:28 AM
Member
 
willow's Avatar
 
well it looks good.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
willow is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
10 Gallon Build Log bigehugedome Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 81 10-02-2011 12:46 AM
29 gallon build dylan94 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 21 01-06-2011 10:04 PM
90 gallon build mollies Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 5 08-28-2010 01:02 AM
The 16 Gallon Build(s) TexasTanker Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 16 06-18-2010 08:38 PM
20 Gallon Build LouzZ Saltwater Journals 4 01-21-2010 03:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome