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post #151 of 181 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 02:14 PM
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Frigging amazing!!!! I am about ready to try building a background like that. I would be willing to tear my tank down again if it came out even half as nice as yours.

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Amazing tank, keep your hardworks.
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Frigging amazing!!!! I am about ready to try building a background like that. I would be willing to tear my tank down again if it came out even half as nice as yours.
We're talking about the awesome 210 you've got decanting?
I urge you to go for it! No satisfaction like DIY.

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This is soooo awesome. I'd kill to make a tank like yours. I am a college student with no space.

Don't fret. I'll certainly be making a similar tank someday. But yours probably will always dwarf it.

What do your skippers spend the majority of their time doing? Do you keep nerites in your setup?


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This is soooo awesome. I'd kill to make a tank like yours. I am a college student with no space.

Don't fret. I'll certainly be making a similar tank someday. But yours probably will always dwarf it.

What do your skippers spend the majority of their time doing? Do you keep nerites in your setup?


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No killing needed, but please do go ahead!

I think the basic layout/construction would be great for not only mudskippers, but many species of amphibians too. Many frogs would love it, not to mention salamanders and newts.
Also, semi-amphibious crabs like hermits, Sesarmas, fiddlers and the larger species like Cardisomas would propably use the space effectively?

Got tennish snails I have imagined to be Neritina Turrita in there



They lay eggs frequently, but they do not reproduce...

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No killing needed, but please do go ahead!

I think the basic layout/construction would be great for not only mudskippers, but many species of amphibians too. Many frogs would love it, not to mention salamanders and newts.
Also, semi-amphibious crabs like hermits, Sesarmas, fiddlers and the larger species like Cardisomas would propably use the space effectively?

Got tennish snails I have imagined to be Neritina Turrita in there



They lay eggs frequently, but they do not reproduce...
That should be wrong.. Zebra nerites, which those are, should reproduce perfectly in brackish. Unless they need more than 1.003. Not sure.

I'd be worried about the hermits drowning, otherwise trust me I'd make it a frog and hermit paradise! Hehe


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I have let the smart people tell me that Nerites reproduce by pelagic offspring being carried to saltier water by current after hatching from the eggs.
I do have hard time figuring out how the adults migrate back to fresh/slightly brackish water after they mature, but I take it as it's stated...

A lot of eggs has been laid in this tank, and I have yet to spot a baby Nerite in there...
Go figure!

You might be right about the hermits. At least some species seem to be mostly terrestrial and not that good with even shallow pools. Fair statement there.

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We're talking about the awesome 210 you've got decanting?
I urge you to go for it! No satisfaction like DIY.

I will be running the idea past the wife tonight. Won't be tearing it all down to build, so measuring around my tank equipment will be the tricky part. Thinking I will have to do the large sheet(s) in back to mark and cut out where the equipment is, then I can build outside the tank from there.

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Will be a bit tricky.
Measurements, making it sink => no need for fixing the backgroud, curing issues with an established tank...

Doable, but a bit tricky.
Good luck with the wife. Everything else tends to be easy...

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Will be a bit tricky.
Measurements, making it sink => no need for fixing the backgroud, curing issues with an established tank...

Doable, but a bit tricky.
Good luck with the wife. Everything else tends to be easy...
She let me get this size of a tank...plus took her shopping at the Coach Outlet yesterday for Christmas (1 large, 2 medium, 1 tiny purse & 2 wallets and 1 mini wallet). I think she OWES me...BIG TIME!!! lol

I have researched some DIY stuff and people have used the magfloats to secure backgrounds. You put one (or more depending) into the background as you make it, so it would be against the glass. Then when you put it in the tank, put the other side on the outside. Not only does it hold it in place, but not permanent, you can remove later for whatever reason.

Curing issues? What exactly? I do not have a problem with letting something cure for however long outside the tank, storage isn't a problem. Plus I have heard there are things you can apply over cement that seal it completely.

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She let me get this size of a tank...plus took her shopping at the Coach Outlet yesterday for Christmas (1 large, 2 medium, 1 tiny purse & 2 wallets and 1 mini wallet). I think she OWES me...BIG TIME!!! lol

I have researched some DIY stuff and people have used the magfloats to secure backgrounds. You put one (or more depending) into the background as you make it, so it would be against the glass. Then when you put it in the tank, put the other side on the outside. Not only does it hold it in place, but not permanent, you can remove later for whatever reason.

Curing issues? What exactly? I do not have a problem with letting something cure for however long outside the tank, storage isn't a problem. Plus I have heard there are things you can apply over cement that seal it completely.
What a great play, there!

"True dat" on every case you make about the background. Lotsa alternative solutions to constructing it out there.
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What are the curing issues? Is it just time, or should I actually look into the sealant stuff?

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Going with cement-based stuff, as I do, the standard curing:
-a month or so to cure the cement
-some leeching of water hardening lime and stuff after that

It can be reduced substantially by sealing with copolymer additives or even stopped alltogether by using resins like epoxy.

I used to do epoxy resin on every piece I made, but hated the look of it. Nowadays I like time better than extra chemicals/seals.

But it all depends on the method & materials you choose. A lot of people make great backgrounds with no cement whatsoever, and seem to need no curing at all.

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going with cement-based stuff, as i do, the standard curing:
-a month or so to cure the cement
-some leeching of water hardening lime and stuff after that

it can be reduced substantially by sealing with copolymer additives or even stopped alltogether by using resins like epoxy.

I used to do epoxy resin on every piece i made, but hated the look of it. Nowadays i like time better than extra chemicals/seals.

But it all depends on the method & materials you choose. A lot of people make great backgrounds with no cement whatsoever, and seem to need no curing at all.
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One of the best tanks that I have seen. Its paradise for any mudskipper. Great to see everything come along over time. I like when you trimmed up the plant into several smaller ones. Gave it a more open feel to the tank, but im sure others would disagree with me. Keep it up and goodluck down the road.

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