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Old 06-27-2013, 08:43 AM   #61
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Hi, since the update on June 8th I did not other visible changes (yes the central LED is repaired).

I am currently in the test on the creation of rocks, I have tested several effects and styles of rock before starting production ^^

I also intend to clean up the sand, because it will allow me to start on a clean and clear tank.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #62
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Smile Rocky Scenery, Shell & Marine Pests

Hi all, phew that's it, this step rocks long awaited is finally over...

Rocky Scenery, Shell & Marine Pests

After various attempts at sculpture rocks in expanded polyurethane foam, realism does not always suited me ... Out of curiosity, I tried with real rocks, and I was immediately hooked.
This time I could not expect more "natural", that is exactly what was needed after all.

I had been thinking the darkest almost black rocks start, contrasting the white sand, but those there are also adapted to the tones of the project. It is even still possible to paint, I tried on a rock outside and realize it very well. See then.




Their position is not yet final, it will certainly change with the installation of driftwood.





The water is not again become completely crystal clear after the complete cleaning of the tank and sand, but I decided not to wait any longer to present the step of the rocks ...





And then at recreate an island ... As much doing things entirely. A little trip later, and the rocks are being adorned with small shells and marine parasites such as barnacles, small worms and barnacles.

Ubiquitous in all oceans, they are well known to colonize and invade their supports, giving to the rocks submerged a most representative of the marine world.





I expected, even began to realize barnacles artificially by molding from real specimens. The result was very fair and clear, but the inclusion of materials that I tested did not allow me to retain this method because they were not resistant in time when immersed in water.

Ideally the conventional resin would have perfectly fit the bill, but I'm not a fan of his tedious for use as small objects. Especially as he should then paint them, which would necessarily have been less realistic than the natural.

So I boiled and soaked in alcohol at 90 true "barnacles" retrieved on molds trade, to sterilize and to install them "as-is" without risk paludarium. To finish paste them "falsely disorderly" on the rocks and decor.




As for the rocks, the details and realism of the true barnacles could not be more perfect.


Also, you can see in some places, the skeletons of small marine worm,
reproduced using a pastry bag filled with "fix-all acrylic."



Note that I finally cleaned the sand. It gradually gets old to the passage of the sun in the time to come.




Next steps: Installation of driftwood.

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Old 07-21-2013, 03:29 PM   #63
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:10 AM   #65
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #68
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Smile Re: Island Paludarium 360 A to Z - 185 Gal - Installation of Driftwood

Thank you

Installation of Driftwood

Here are the different driftwood that I picked to the river. I found many beautiful things, roots / vines to wood wavy, but not yet the "structural" main root that I wanted. This does not prevent me in any case begin to contend with what I've found.



The finest roots will be braided and used later finishing for natural air creepers.


The woods are positioned plume. They intermingle with rocks and will be used to support plants that together, form the vegetated island.





It may seem at first glance that there is too many branches. But must be placed his vision into a three-dimensional context to see that not everything is on the same level of depth.

As being cubic in shape, the vessel extends to a depth of as much as its width. I must therefore make the most of the potential offered by the air volume of 700 liters, using it in height, depth and 360 , while trying to preserve the visual lightness of the whole.

It would have been a shame not to make full use of all that space.

This amount of branches sees himself therefore justified because (with some rocks) are the only materials intended for planting plants. And as all the vegetation will be Aerial, nothing will therefore build on the glasses.





This appears for the moment a little "dry" and "lifeless", but keep in mind that the branches will be vegetated and sometimes completely covered with moss.





Also I chose to use only the natural elements to make the structure of the set. (No polystyrene or MPE, everything is done with wood and rock).





Note that the provision may yet evolve over the steps.





Pump waves (in the bottom right corner) will be hidden later.





Next steps: Creation of the Waterfall & the Mist.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:01 PM   #69
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Man this thing looks beautiful! Great work!
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What kind and thickness of glass did you use?
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What kind and thickness of glass did you use?
8mm
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Smile Re: Island Paludarium 360 A to Z - 185 Gal - Natural Aerial Lianas

Creating the decor : Natural Aerial Lianas

The lianas were also planned artificial initially but I gradually opted for an all-natural decoration, as much it completely go.
So I selected the finer branches of driftwood, to to intermingle and let it hang of the decor.




A little staging, lianas come to life, and the wild side appears.





Also, in order to conceal the electrical and son pipes unsightly pumps that will cross the stage, and especially instead of of hiding them,
I planned to diverted their presence by braiding the same way as lianas for a fully integrated concealment in the background.

We no longer see what is right before our eyes...

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