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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Inner measurments of a 40b.

sorry i don't have a tape measure ( i think my cats hid it) does anyone what it is?

also i'm going to be having a stone cut to lay flat across the bottom of the tank from front to back. in order to get it to lay flush against against the glass, how long should i cut the stone so that it doesn't put pressure on the glass?

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i hope that post is not confusing, if it is, its for this tank Hillstream/Borneo Loach Refuge

might help understand what i have in my head.

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I have a 40gal breeder and just measured it. The inner dimensions are 35X17. If I understand you correctly, you are wanting a stone piece to lay on the bottom? You may have to cut 2 separate pieces as laying one giant slab of stone down onto the bottom would be difficult, as you won't be able to have your hand under it to support it. It may be easier to use many smaller pieces of flat slate and make a "puzzle" of sorts fitting them like a mason would do with stone. Whatever you do be careful, as using large stone to lay down onto glass can quickly ruin a nice tank. Why the stone, are you going for a certain bio-type or something? Are you using substrate on top of the stone?
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I'm using the stone as a river bed. we are going to chisel in a river bed(or a channel) and give it a bank to keep substrate from falling in and getting blown around.

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(will look something like that but with a S bend)

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Sounds like a ridiculous amount of work.

Maybe try getting one of those 'feather rocks' at a landscaping supply place - it's basically a pumice boulder used for landscaping.

fairly easy to cut/shape, but it is pretty abrasive (think foamed glass)

Or you might want to try completely artificial - use great stuff or styrofoam, carve it up, and coat it with something (I'm fond of epoxy/sand mixes, but a lot of people seem to get good results with drylok)
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Sounds like a ridiculous amount of work.

Maybe try getting one of those 'feather rocks' at a landscaping supply place - it's basically a pumice boulder used for landscaping.

fairly easy to cut/shape, but it is pretty abrasive (think foamed glass)

Or you might want to try completely artificial - use great stuff or styrofoam, carve it up, and coat it with something (I'm fond of epoxy/sand mixes, but a lot of people seem to get good results with drylok)
feather is to abrasive. what i have read is that if you have fish with barbels you should stay away from it. since i am doing hillstream loachs who glide along the bottom that would be a terrible idea.(looked at prices for this rock and the slate i am using is half the price)

my issue with carving out stryo or drylock is i have worries about if it would grow enough algae to feed my loaches.


but all of that is mute, because i handed off the rock to my friend today to begin cutting and chiseling it out.

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Seems like a neat project. I would definitely suggest cutting it into 2 pieces for ease of installation. Otherwise trying to set the giant slab down would be very tough, fingers would get pinched and at a certain point you would just have to drop it, and would crack your bottom glass. Post some pics when you can.
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Suggest making some sort of handle from the top or if you have a nice flat surface some large suction cups like what are used to move glass would help with placement
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there will definetly be tons of photos. i haven't seen anyone do anything quite like this before. people have made river tanks, but what i have seen is high flow on the entire tank, and larger (boulder like) rocks. Not high flow in one area with a chanel. i really hope it works as i have planned. i can't wait to put it all together.

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This is going to be good. I can't wait to see how this tank turns out.
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