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post #61 of 74 Old 01-05-2011, 08:24 AM
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thank you
yes it is, as long as you let the resin cures long enough. But it will hold up better than silicone that's for sure.
If I had it to do again, once I got a good coating I would put one more coat of sand on and not seal it back up with resin. that way it would take on a more natural flat sand appearance rather than the wet look I ended up with. I would also strain my sand out with a screen and just use the larger pieces and not the dusty sand.
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post #62 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 02:17 AM
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ok where do you get black pvc pipes?

i want to make some things for my up and coming cichlid tank and cant seem yo locate any black pvc..... only white and grey....
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post #63 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 06:54 AM
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I used white if your referring to mine.
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post #64 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 10:22 AM
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most DIY shops should store this item for you,in both colours.

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.
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post #65 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 10:44 AM
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What do you mean by diy shops at ace they didn't but I have gone one the lowes web site and not seen any...maybe I will just coat the inside with sand as well
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post #66 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 11:21 AM
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Yeah just set a big box under it and lather it with resin then pour sand over and thru it till it's covered.

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post #67 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 01:21 PM
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Black PVC is very expensive and huge waste of money IMO... just get the cheap schedule 40 (white and a can of KRYLON Fusion then you are all set the Krylon is tank safe after it cures for 4 -7 days and you have a full spectrum of colors to pick from

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post #68 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 01:34 PM
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as far as the 'black' PVC, I don't believe they make such a thing unless someone is referring to drain tile which is not basic PVC. Maybe someone makes a specialty Black PVC for some reason, if they do you should be able to find it somewhere on the internet.
Forgive me if anyone has suggested this already, but from my experience PVC stains real easy, so why not buy some RIT dye and boil it in dye to change the color? Once it's colored it won't change. I just hate the idea of paint flakes mucking up someones hard work. I like the coating better. Looks more natural and less contrived. I suppose you can use some black sand if that's what floats the boat. Kinda wish I had because I just recently went with a new black sand substrate. -what a messy fiasco that was BTW!!!! Yet it still looks good none the less.
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post #69 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 01:43 PM
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i thin kyou are on to something there though i have never used RIT..... i will point out however that Krylon Fusion bonds and turns into the plastic its applied to and will never come off....

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post #70 of 74 Old 03-30-2011, 02:05 PM
Not 100% true, ive used krylon on a nerf gun before and the paint came off after a few months. It's not a "fusion" but it is pretty durable. Heavy usage caused the paint to start falling off.

Has anyone thought about the dead zone longer PVC creations cause? The water in the pipes, unless the pipes are very wide, the water in there might get stagnate, causing anerobic conditions. Before everyone starts adding entire cave system, they should plan out how they expect water to circulate in the tunnels..
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