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Old 01-30-2011, 04:53 AM   #31
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Looks like you're off to a great start!

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:06 AM   #32
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Lookin good!

What kinda vinyl is that? I can't tell if it's see through or not. I didn't like mine and ripped it off last night. Stowed it away just in case I have a change of heart later
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:30 PM   #33
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Looks uber good! Can't wait to see it scaped with plants and fish!
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #34
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wow cant wait to see that hardscape =) great looking tank.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:16 PM   #35
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I love the vinyl! It looks very nice. Maybe I should do that with my 4 g.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:48 PM   #36
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Lookin good!

What kinda vinyl is that? I can't tell if it's see through or not. I didn't like mine and ripped it off last night. Stowed it away just in case I have a change of heart later
It's not transparent. Just intermediate grade vinyl.

I have the hardscape in and it's filled. The water is very cloudy, so no pics as of yet. After some clear water and a few plants, I'll post some pics.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:54 PM   #37
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Nice new upgrade
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The hard scape right before I planted all this blyxa.
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.... and a few pics from today after a water change. I also added some needle leaf java fern. I'm picking up some glosso on Sunday so I will do another water change then and plant the glosso. Still not sure about the plants being used. Open for suggestions.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #40
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Nice ! That is looking great so far! Great tank btw!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:00 AM   #41
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Nice tank, getting me all excited to Finnish scaping and get water in mine. Lucky ur wife is understanding. I had to work on mine for my 60p lol
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:54 AM   #42
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Thanks guys.

Picked up the glosso today and planted it. Pics coming soon.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:10 AM   #43
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Black vinyl came out really good.

Did you just apply it to the back or use water and a little soap?

And if you don't mind me asking how much of a foot print of vinyl did you buy and how much was it?
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The back of my tank is almost 48" x 18". The vinyl I got came on a 30" roll. The guys at the sign store cut it a little longer for me at 30" x 54", but you don't need that much extra. 4 - 5" extra inches would have been plenty. The shop had a minimum purchase of $20, so that was he charged me. I'm sure you could find it for cheaper.

It's really easy to apply. Just get a spray bottle and fill it with warm water. Add a few drops of dish soap and shake. As you are peeling off the backing, spray the vinyl so it doesn't stick to its self. You should also spray the glass. Oh yeah, make sure your glass is spot clean 1st. Just lay the vinyl on the glass and use a credit card or a squeegee. Once you get all the bubbles and water out, let it sit for a few hours. Take a sharp razor blade and trim. A first it will not look perfect through the glass, but within a day or two it will. Hope this helps you. It’s very easy to do.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:21 PM   #45
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Awesome thanks!

I am going to re-do a 55 gal and starting a 20 gal tall so I would like to do this to both. Just wanted to get an idea of the price and process.
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