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You could get some Krylon Fusion spraypaint and paint it the same color as the background of your tank. Or try to cover it up with some stem plants. Not a whole lot else you can do...except maybe spending some big $$$ on some glass lily pipes.
I did send an e-mail to Rust-Oleum and asked them if the paint I used was aquarium safe but have not heard a response back yet. If it is, then I am going to paint the pipes the same as the background. I had thought of lilly pipes but again....$$$$$. So we will see.

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I hope I can still inspire people with this tank. I have heard it said that it is difficult to scape a corner tank, but I hope to prove that theory wrong
I'm inspired already. After giving such great depth to the 55, this should be a piece of cake for you. By the way, if the paint isn't aquarium safe, what about coating it with epoxy after painting the tubes? I have seen this over on Aquatic Plant Forum.

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I'm so happy the rock wall is still getting some action! You have some awesome fish! I'd love to see below in the stand. I loved the crazy maze of plumbing on the right side of the old 55.

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The one thing I hate about this tank is the unsightly view of the equipment. If someone has an idea to how I can better hide that stuff, please let me know. (Drilling the tank at this point is not an option)
I love the scape!I think it could only look better if you paint some of that blue hardware black with a black background. The hardware will just about disappear!


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Here is a couple pics underneath..









And some shots of the tank tonight. I finally got my erios planted.




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I'm inspired already. After giving such great depth to the 55, this should be a piece of cake for you. By the way, if the paint isn't aquarium safe, what about coating it with epoxy after painting the tubes? I have seen this over on Aquatic Plant Forum.
Is epoxy aquarium safe because if it is, then that would be a great idea. I did find out today that the Stone Creations paint I used is not aquarium safe. I did find that out tonight when I had a test piece I had done and when it got water on it it started coming off.

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I love the scape!I think it could only look better if you paint some of that blue hardware black with a black background. The hardware will just about disappear!
I debated on painting it black or do this textured paint and I chose the wrong one. My 55 was black and I wanted to try something different. I will have to live with this for a while because I am not going to tear it down anytime soon. Live and learn!

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So the five timers....
Light fixture 1
Light fixture 2
Solenoid
air stone?

thats all my guesses and I'm one short!

Looks like you still have plenty of room down there! That is a big tank!

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It's certainly inspirational, the design is brilliant. I remember having seen your 55gal a few months back when I signed up, it was one of my favorites. This is looking similarly exceptional, keep the pictures coming as you continue to update.

I'm really digging those rainbows, I'm sorry about the one you lost. I'll bet it's nice have a tank that can support clown loaches of a respectable size .
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2 Timers on the bottom right, 1 for Coralife light fixture and the other for CO2 solenoid
2 timers on top right, 1 for 36" light fixture and the other for 24" light fixture.
Timer on the left for night lighting

I have the 24" light fixture (2-15watt flouresent bulbs) come on in the morning at 11am. The 36" light fixture (1-30watt flouresent bulb) comes on at 11:30am and the coralife (4x65watt, compact flouresent bulbs) comes on at 12:00pm. This simulates the morning sunrise a little better then all 320watts of light coming on all at once. I also have the CO2 turning on at 11am. I then reverse the lights going off with the coralife going off at 9pm then the 36" at 9:15 then the 24" off at 9:30 with the moonlights coming on at 9:30pm.

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It's certainly inspirational, the design is brilliant. I remember having seen your 55gal a few months back when I signed up, it was one of my favorites. This is looking similarly exceptional, keep the pictures coming as you continue to update.

I'm really digging those rainbows, I'm sorry about the one you lost. I'll bet it's nice have a tank that can support clown loaches of a respectable size .
Thanks for the encouraging words. I do love this tank and the clown loaches are some of my oldest fish I have. I have been so taken back at how large the rainbows have gotten. They are so fun to sit and watch.


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It is the Milw. regulator like fastfreddie got for Christmas.

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The epoxy is aquarium safe. I make 3d backgrounds for my cichlid tanks and if I paint the cement, I cover it with epoxy. Many "professional" backgrounds are done this way as well. You just have to make sure that all the paint is covered completely. You probably will want to try to find an example of an exact one. Google 3d aquarium backgrounds or something similar. Some guys use it over the cement. You should see the brand.
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The epoxy is aquarium safe. I make 3d backgrounds for my cichlid tanks and if I paint the cement, I cover it with epoxy. Many "professional" backgrounds are done this way as well. You just have to make sure that all the paint is covered completely. You probably will want to try to find an example of an exact one. Google 3d aquarium backgrounds or something similar. Some guys use it over the cement. You should see the brand.
I was able to find a site - http://www.sscoatings.net/poolcoat-info.htm - that has a clear epoxy that is used for pools and aquariums. A bit pricey though, but maybe in time I can get some. If someone finds something easier or cheaper, let me know.

Update on the tank....Things are going well except for my erios. My loaches keep uprooting them and I find them floating at the top. Not sure if they are going to work in this tank but time will tell. I am thinking of selling my erios and going with some UG in the front if I can find some but the loaches may do the same with UG as they are doing with the erios so not sure what I am going to do.

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Here is a place that show another epoxy and an explanation.
http://aquarium.mriweb.nl/en/epoxy.php


here is the actual project:
http://aquarium.mriweb.nl/en/index.php
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