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5G/1.5G Tank Combination
Old 10-30-2010, 10:56 PM   #41
 
i actually cleaned it off but this gave me an idea... i might carve the name of this... tank, like give it a project name, and then bleed into the carving, wipe it off so it stains and then seal it by welding it to the tank, a little grusome but i think it would be an interesting way to sign the creation...
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:31 PM   #42
 
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hmmm

literaly being a part of the project...i wish i had heard your idea before i filled my acrylic 55 gallon hex 5 years ago...
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:59 AM   #43
 
I think i am doing mine on the ourside of the tank, i think u could try that, although i would be a bit worried about the weld-on softening up the acrylic. You could probably do it at the top of the tank without any problems.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:27 AM   #44
 
Quick update, no pics

Got the 1.5g cut. Was still having tons of problems getting the edges perfectly straight because i was working witha square in the middle of the wall and the sides and edges were really obstructing my cuts. The breakthrough to this was actually a massive screw-up, i broke the tank, literally, snapped the top portion off accidentally, but then i realized it was exactly what i needed.

Frustrating story short, I opened up the 1.5g and got the edges straightened out. Will be working on sanding and welding the bridge this weekend. The "mistake" also opened up a really cool idea, at least i think its a cool idea, but i wont share that just yet since im not 100% sure of how im gonna do it but it should be pretty awesome if it works.

Also, my 5g is painted in the back. what do yall think about painting the back of the 1.5g too? it is currently clear but i think it might look unbalanced if i keep it that way since the "half" of the tank has a black/grey/blue background.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:53 AM   #45
 
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I would paint it so it will match. ; ) I am like you I think it would look unbalanced if you leave it clear.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:32 AM   #46
 
im having all kinds of hell with my weld-on right now, its so hard to control and i got it all over my 1.5g so i literally need to sand down and entire side and polish it or there will be streaks of melted acrylic. Its kinda forced me to paint one side since it was so damaged by the bonding agent that if I were to polish it it would take me almsot a week of slowly sanding its to finer and finer grits. The final paper grit for polishing is 12000 and i need to move up to it from 400grit paper... so yea, def painting it...
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #47
 
So that whole idea about bleeding into a piece of acrylic and sealing it doesnt really work very well. I tried to cut into a piece of acrylic to make the name of the project and knives cut too thin of lines for it to really show and using the dremel rotary tool to etch it was too thick and i do not want to use that much blood to do this project. One could use a etcher, but im not planning on getting any new tools except for a drill so no blood sig for this project...
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:02 PM   #48
 
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LOL Well we know you have put your blood, sweat, and tears into this project even with out the signature. LOL
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:12 PM   #49
 
Another update,

So this weld on stuff has got to be used with a syringe with a small enough gauge to control it. I discovered that most of my mistakes have been caused by my syringe needle being too wide and i couldnt retain the bonding agent in it so i spilled a lot.

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Finally sanded and welded the first platform into the 1.5g tank. The platform slopes down as it gets to the other side because i need it to redirect the flow of the water from the main 5g tank underneath it. This will allow the force of the water to be mitigated so the water drifts upward and down the water fall instead of causing all the water in the tank to swirl like a toilet bowl. The betta will not enjoy that. I also measured it so that after adding substrate, the betta will not be able to get underneath it as the space between the platform and substrate will be too small allowing me to keep shrimp. They will serve as food for the betta if i go on vacation and maybe the flow of the waterfall with wash some of them down to the puffer to feed the puffer too. If im lucky, maybe the

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This is what happens when Weld-On goes wild. Those streaks are permanent, they dissolved parts of the acrylic, its almost impossible to sand it out, im gonna have to live with those streaks... forever... and ever...

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Stencil of what im painting and second platform. Im gonna try and get a floating moss island with that second platform. Why? I have no idea.

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Inside of the 1.5g

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Also finally sanded off the paint on the side, it only took 4 hrs of my life and my entire right arm is numb. Had to use a knife to scrape off the majority of it and sand it down, scrape, sand, scrape, sand. Hole is going low and as far back as the tank will allow so the pump isnt sitting in the middle of the side of the tank.

Progress is still slow though, gonna go buy a drill or borrow a friends hopefully tomorrow, will also be installing the underground cave soon. You can see part of it in the last photo. Once the hole is drilled and cave installed, all i need to do install the lip of the waterfall an figure out the impact zone of the water.
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:11 AM   #50
 
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1st and foremost WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! nice job and as far as the floating moss island you asked "why" because its cool and will be very unique !!!!!!!!!!!! looking real good keep up the great work...
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