Hey everybody. I'm soon to be a new fish keeper, and I am open to suggestions and/or comments.
I've spent the last 6 months working on my 29G project (veeeeeeeeeery spread out of course
I've compiled some pictures along the process and would like to share them. And of course when I checked into this sub forum, I saw the thread about Great Stuff expanding foam. I did research prior to building my tank, and read that It was chemically inert once fully dry/cured, which the x-foam in my tank had about 5.5 months to cure. I guess we will see what happens.
Anyhow, enjoy (or dont)! 20120218_173147.jpg
This was the first round of x-foam for the base. Looks like a huge blob, I know 20120219_120332.jpg
Carved down to shape the base. 20120220_181521.jpg
I used paper maiche made from waterproof wood glue to kind of smooth things out. I didn't end up thinking this was a good idea in the latter stages, as the concrete built up enough to smooth over anyways. 20120226_155456.jpg
This was a Penn Plax plant shelf I purchased from Petco (I work there, nice little bonus having discounts at my disposal
More paper maiche. Again, rather dumb idea. It did help seal up the x-foam a little bit though. 20120829_224029.jpg
Back view of the tank after the first round of concrete (thin layer). 20120829_013746.jpg
Front View after first second round of concrete. I like to work clean. 20120829_224118.jpg
Side profile pre-final layer of concrete. 20120831_154328.jpg
Final layer of concrete. I didn't work so cleanly this time since I was going to fill with water anyways. I took a toothbrush to the glass once it was full. 20120831_203129.jpg
The finished product (for now) for concrete to cure.
My next plans are to let the concrete sit in heated (78°F), still water to cure to full (or near full) hardness over the next two weeks. I then plan to do a 75% water change and start filtration. After 1 week of filtration and one more water change, I want to get my nitrate cycle started. I've read you can do this with plain, non-fragranced janitor's ammonia?
I'm planning on putting some plants and semi aggressive fish in there. Dwarf gouramis and barbs are likely. I'm also open to fish suggestions!
I'm looking forward to hear your feedback