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post #16 of 49 (permalink) Old 10-01-2012, 04:56 PM
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Coming along nicely, any updates?
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Actually, yes. I'll be updating this thread tonight. Got quite a bit done this weekend. Headed into the home stretch.
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Looking forward to it!

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
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My aquascape style tends towards 'tall in the back, short in the front, lots and lots of green and stuff. And maybe a rock somewhere...'
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Very cool, I'll be watching for the updates!
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Me too, enjoying this thread
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ok, so since my last update, the general contractor (me) and the architect (again, me) have been battling it out about the left side of the tank. the contractor wanted to leave what was built, built. the architect thought that a nice hill structure on the left would help with the flow of the tank. architect won...lol that made me krap or get off the pot and i have to silicone the land sections down last week so that i could lay the tank on it's side to foam in the background. i completed that last night and this is where we stand.:

looking down from the left, you can see where the rocky hill will be. i won't be able to complete that section until i cover the background and do some touch ups on the land mass.:


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left half from the front:


right half:


full length from above (kinda)


sorry the pics suck, but it's hard to take a good pic when the thing is laying on the floor (sort of)

i also made a spray bar for a water return/flow system. all holes are angled slightly up to clear the substrate. and there are also holes behind the land mass to provide flow under the land to avoid stagnant water.



the background will be covered in coco fiber as well as hydraulic cement. it should look pretty cool. ( i hope..lol)

that's all for now. i will try to post pics as i go along with the back ground.
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Should be very sweet when you finish, but kind of hard to fully visualize at this point. Looking forward to seeing it up and running.
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post #23 of 49 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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That's what my wife says everytime i say "whadaya think?" Lol
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ok, got a little bit done this past weekend. added grout and siliconed/coc fibered the right side of the background. that parts is all but finished. just need to do some touch ups, a little bit of paint work on the grout and then seal it. the left side, is becoming another argument between the contractor and architect. the architect's original plan was to have a "rocky slope" on the left side. the contractor thinks this stump works better. the property owner is letting them duke it out....lol here's where we stand as of this evening.




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Very nice looking - makes me want to try something different - if only I had space and a tank to play with
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Looking nice! I like the idea of a stump in the left corner, but I think I'd try to find a piece with more roots so you could hang them down into the water area or maybe make some fake roots out of rope, silicone, and coco fiber. Just a thought.
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thanks folks. decided on utilizing the stump in another tree frog project. it should look cool in a 29g bowfront i have. decided to go with the "grassy knoll" idea. i have thought about the whole roots thing and have some ideas for something in the aquatic section, but that will be a finishing touch i think . besides, i'm not sure if i want to make roots, or just find some very thin branches to modify. hoping to get it up on it's stand by the end of the weekend, but it's not looking like i'll have the back corner completed by then
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this should be my last "construction post". everything is now built, foamed, carved and fibered. i just have to do some touch ups, apply another coat of "clear" to my rockwork and then get it up on it's stand so i can water test everything. once i'm happy with the water test, i can start planting. My goal is to have plants in this sucker sunday night, but i'm not going to rush it. we'll just see how it goes.

there are no full tank shots yet, after she's on her stand i can take them. right now, a couple close ups

right side middle:


right side, above the water feature


right side middle, clear is still drying


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left side:


left side land mass, look ma, no stump!!!


dat's all for now
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I'm amazed how natural everything looks, when I compare it to the piles of foam in previous updates I can't wait to see the plants in, too!

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
"You're not putting a hundred gallon tank in the living room," my roommate replied.


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Thanks it's been fun watching it progress. And my wife said something similar last night. She couldn't believe that was the same blobs of foam......lol
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