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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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40B Tank Journal

This will be a journal of my brother in laws tank.

Specs
-40B Tank from Petco
-2 bulb t5no deep blue freshwater fixture from Kensfish
-No heater (his apt is always 75F or higher)
-Stand will be a dresser in black from Ikea
-MCOPM capped with black blasting grit
-AC 70 using poret foam, AC foam and purigen

Background and rocks/cave will be pink styrofoam carved by me and painted with drylock tinted with cement tint.

----note- I have used white styrofoam for another rock formation and it looks good enough but has more of a very coarse lava rock texture. After some experimenting the pink has more of a natural, maybe slate-like, texture.

Plants
-whatever I pull from my main tank

Fauna
-4 german rams, maybe 2 gold long fin and 2 german blue long fin. long fin or no will be determined when I see the parents. The rams will have to wait at least 2 months before I even consider getting them
-12-18 Ember tetras or 12 lemon tetras
-a big batch of cherry shrimp from my main tank even though I know the rams will eat them when they join the tank
-Albino BN pleco
-Snails
-maybe 6 ottos
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 06:27 PM
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Interested to see how this background turns out. I may try and doing something similar myself.

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Re: 40B Tank Journal

I picked up a 40B from Petco yesterday too ... Can't wait to see yours.
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Reminds me of this:

I'll be keeping watch, hope you do a comprehensive on the background too.

Thanks for posting!

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After a fair bit of carving and using a paint brush and acetone...

The rock on the left is a cave, on the right it is a 'tunnel' with an opening on each side and the front.

Monday is paint day!!
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20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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for deep crevices in the background i carved out about 1/4" to 1/2". for shallow crevices I just scored the styro with a knife.

When gluing styro together it is important to plan where you will be cutting. the glue isn't tough to cut but it doesn't dissolve the same way as styro does when acetone hits it.

In my first post you can see on the layered blocks a rough outline of where I would do cut-outs for caves/tunnels. no glue close to those.

20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 06:47 AM
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Excited to see the progress on this tank!
I just picked up a 40B myself, and was kind of stumped on what to do for lighting..
You chose the T5NO's due to the 16" height of the tank? I was kind of thinking the same thing although I don't know much about lights..
Good luck and can't wait for more!
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I choose t5no because

1. this tank probably won't have co2, maybe 1 bottle of DIY.

2. I will probably only see/maintain this tank 1x a week, don't want too much growth

3. 16" height minus 3" of substrate = 13" depth

4. Price from kensfish is great (on a side note-as far as equipment goes, the petco tank is the cheapest piece, the lid costs more, the light more, the filter more, the stand more)

5. has some cheap moonlights that look pretty good at night

20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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First coat of drylock tinted pretty dark grey, with a little brown in it. Drylock has been thinned with about 1 part water to 2 or 3 parts paint. this makes it easier to get in all the little crevices although I still have to use a tiny paintbrush to get many spots

Paint is still wet.

The desired look for these is more of a brown look not grey, so the next coat will change the look completely.
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20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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After 2 coats of brown...

only 2-4 more shades to go
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20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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a gazzilion coats later....
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20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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Re: 40B Tank Journal

Thats pretty neat

Really like the little cave things, however, curious as how your going to keep them from floating?

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Your doing almost the exact same thing I want to do this summer, tank size included!

I'll definitely be tagging along here.
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Thats pretty neat

Really like the little cave things, however, curious as how your going to keep them from floating?

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silicone the background to the back of the tank and the cave things siliconed to bottom of tank. Once they are there they are there for good but they will not float. did same for my daughters tank.

20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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didn't take into account intake tube for the AC 70, had to do a little quick carving and painting.

added a coat of highlighting with a red-grey and then a few more highlighting coats to blend it all.

secured everything and put dry MGOPM for effect.

wed is fill day, this will give a chance for silicone to cure and a chance for me to wash blasting grit really well.
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20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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