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Old 11-29-2008, 04:09 AM   #51
 
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Great job DC, I bet the fish will love them!
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:45 AM   #52
 
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sorry to jump on the bandwagon but..........
had to give it a go i had just re-sealed a pair of tanks and there was some silcone left so i thoght..why not? i made 4 one T with a short length of pipe attached and 3 straights,amid the plants there barely noticable

Very nice. Hey, I love your gravel. Where'd you get it?
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:29 AM   #53
 
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well done indeed, :)
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:42 PM   #54
 
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Very nice. Hey, I love your gravel. Where'd you get it?
my gravel came from my loacal garden/aqatic shop i really wanted the black basalt gravel but it was 30 a bag this mixed stuff was about 15 which was pretty good as it was a huge(heavy) bag and ample for a 2-3 inch layer with enogh left to make some caves!
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:56 AM   #55
 
Cool

Just thought I'd share my version which was inspired by this thread. I used 3inch pieces, 2 45's, 1 90, and a sanitary T. I spent maybe $20 total and used some polester resin I had leftover from some auto work I had just completed this fall. My plan was to cover the entire PVC (including inside) with gravel/sand and make it look like a cement pipe. I painted it with the resin then poured sand over it. Took a couple days to complete. I got worried I was wasting my time because the resin was giving it a poopy look, lol. Like a sewer pipe. But it actually took on a better color when in the tank under the CF lights. Oh, and I used a spiral bit to make broken looking holes all over the length of the pipe giving it a more natural shape and ground down all the edges of the pipe too.
So here's what I came up with.


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Old 01-02-2011, 12:54 PM   #56
 
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turned out quite well,is the stuff you used non toxic ?
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:46 PM   #57
 
Thank You for this great idea! Going to the hardware store tomorrow to get me some PVC pipe!
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:59 AM   #58
 
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turned out quite well,is the stuff you used non toxic ?
I hope so lol. It's just pvc, sand, and polyester resin. The resin smelled pretty strong at first so I left it outdoors for a day then soaked it for couple minutes mainly to warm it back up and then plopped it in. From what I know resin, once cured it air tight and should be safe as long as all the solvents have come out. I just got two fish to put in with it yesterday, so far so good. I hope they do OK.

2 Cherry Barbs.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:10 AM   #59
 
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well they look like they're having fun :)
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:48 PM   #60
 
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Great idea, I bought some blk. PVC pipe and used that in the back of my tank with plants in the front to sort of hide it. You can also put Java Moss and Java ferns on it and attach it with clear fishing line, Mine is the basic Blk. PVC. My Bushy Nosed Pleco likes using it as it's home.
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