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post #16 of 132 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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So far so good! I increased the yeast content of the experiment to make more pressure and the stoppers are holding just fine. Next test....plugging in the wood airstone. If the bottles don't pop their stoppers then, all is well. The tank arrives tomorrow! I'm so excited!

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can't wait for pics of the tank.
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Woohoo!!!! My wooden airstone is producing lots and lots of micro-bubbles and my stoppers are still firmly in place.

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The aquarium has arrived!!!! I've already switched out the light bulb and am currently waiting on the paint to dry on the back of the tank to put another coat on. For the record...I like the picotope. The back piece of glass is a little rough on one edge but that may have been from shipping. The rough patch is not sharp and its only about 1/2" long so its no big deal. I've removed the stickers from the tank and the light fixture though. Later today I hope to get the Amazonia and some water in it. The heater will arrive Thursday (theoretically) and I ordered some awesome plants this morning. Its coming together!

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sounds awesome! pics of build process would be appreciated
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post #21 of 132 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Painting the tank:



Ready to fill:


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Your tiny treasure has been "very" well thought out. I've enjoyed your threads, and look forward to seeing this 'treasure' progress from a fledgling idea into a full flight reality.
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Here are a few ideas for hardscaping. Please share your thoughts and suggestions.

This is a single, larger piece of driftwood:





This next set uses two smaller pieces of driftwood. You can see by this picture that the larger piece has a hole in it:




I can set it like this with the hole down to be planted in:




Or I can move it closer toward the center like this:




Or I can turn it with the hole up which then becomes a tunnel. You can't really tell from this pic but the tunnel would go back toward the left corner:



This image shows the "tunnel". (Don't pay attention to those smudges on the glass. You don't see those. LOL)




(Puts on heavy armor) Ok...I'm ready! Fire away....

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The heater made it today. Its small when compared to other heaters but it looks huge in my picotope. But I have to have a good heater because I tend to keep the house itself relatively cool. Fortunately the plants will hide it.

Speaking of plants, I ordered a package of plants off the SNS and a wee bit of duckweed from another member. I can't wait until the plants arrive and I can start planting. (does a happy dance)

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I sure hope this clears out before the plants arrive!


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Jenna, the driftwood looks great!

I personally like the scape on your fourth picture from the top where the driftwood is closer together. It makes it seem like the wood is connected under the substrate.

You might want to drain the water when the plants come in. It will be 1000x easier to plant that way. Leave a little bit of water on the substrate and it will be a piece of cake.
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Thanks Zeldar! I appreciate that and the tip. I have the perfect little 2 gallon bucket to use. Or I might just get new water to help clear out that cloudiness. (ugh)

I REALLY appreciate your help in getting started with the plants. I'm looking forward to their arrival!




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Jenna, the driftwood looks great!

I personally like the scape on your fourth picture from the top where the driftwood is closer together. It makes it seem like the wood is connected under the substrate.

You might want to drain the water when the plants come in. It will be 1000x easier to plant that way. Leave a little bit of water on the substrate and it will be a piece of cake.

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Also, what kind of spraypaint did you use? and where did you purchase it?

I need to do that with my new 3 gallon setup. I'm tired of messing with the tape on backgrounds.
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Krylon Fusion. I bought it at Home Depot but they carry it nearly anywhere that carries spray paints. Its supposed to be for plastic but it sticks beautifully to glass but its still easy enough to remove if you want to. Water doesn't bother it either.



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Also, what kind of spraypaint did you use? and where did you purchase it?

I need to do that with my new 3 gallon setup. I'm tired of messing with the tape on backgrounds.

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Did you rinse your subtrate? Looking overly dirty.
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