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post #46 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the good words about my tank and bike LOL. It has been a fun project so far, more challenging then I thought it would be. I have to sand the second coat of sheetrock mud tonight, well at least I have intentions of doing it. I should be able to apply the texture by this week end and paint it, last thing to do is trim the base and put a boarder around the viewing window.
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post #47 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 12:20 AM
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cool tank

That has got to be The coolest thing I have ever seen. You did such a great job and the tank looks awesome!
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post #48 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 07:09 PM
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Very interesting work of art! You are inspiring us to do one ourselves. Congratulations for an excellent job!

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post #49 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 07:53 PM
are you experienced?
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im wondering about this pond armour, i see its 80.00 for 1.5 quart. not cheap but about the same as boat epoxy prices if not less.

and how tough is the pond armour? like regular epoxy hard as glass?

the pond armour says it stays flexible seems like it would never leak if its flexable.

and did you just screw and glue the plywood together or did you use silicone?

came out looking great and was wondering about what was the cost of the tank ?
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post #50 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not to sure just how flexible the pond armour is it hard to the touch not brittle. From what I've read I would stay away from the boat epoxy there is some other stuff that roofers use but I couldn't find any around Portland. Yaa I used wood glue and screws very 3 inches on the wood. As for the cost I'm not really sure just how much I've spent. It seams like I was at the plumbing store every day at 25.00 a pop it tends to add up fast. But it was worth while, I still have to texture the wall and paint so that will cost at least 75.00
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post #51 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-24-2009, 02:05 AM
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looking really great! I can't wait to see the wal finished! Also you are going to seal up the outside wood right? so you dont get dribbles warping and swelling it?

so I was wondering though, has the project turned out cheaper than finding yourself a used fish tank? Because as much as I love doing it myself and saving the cash or making it custom, I've always seen quite a few used tanks for sale in my area that just dont make this kind of thing worth it for me. For instance I have a 225 reef tank set up now that I picked up for $200 with halides then I built the stand for $300.
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