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Old 02-01-2011, 06:59 PM   #16
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I tried a few methods of fixing the log in position but, yes you are right about the silicone.
However the log is not stuck in position but in fact just jammed in position - I applied a 5mm cover of silicone on each end & let it set.
The log holds its self in position quite nicely, it is just about neutral balanced in the water but would turn turtle if left to its own choice.
I left the log in a water butt for 4 weeks before I put it in the tank, I weighed it before & after to see if it would soak up any water because I did not want it to expand while jammed in place!! Anyhow it seems water tight....
I have taking it out a few times to trim the plants & adjust the position.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:18 PM   #17
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Great work and creativity...

BTW what did u put on the log? some epoxy?


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Old 02-03-2011, 10:06 AM   #18
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Cool scape.thanks for the top views,
it really looks great! ;-)
What did you use on the wood? (coating?)
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:22 PM   #19
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Well I thought about bending a spray bar to the logs shape & fixing it to the back but, after a bit of moving the bar around, I am getting very good growth & distribution now.
I could cover the log in moss but, that would hide the beautiful bark!

I treated the log with two coats of clear epoxy.
I treated the log with two coats of clear epoxy as shown in the first pictures
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:47 PM   #20
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One more week & we have the first stem of glosso reaching the substrate (on the right)
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:26 AM   #21
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What kind of wood is the log? I would be interested in trying this if I can find a good piece of wood. I don't know what kinds of wood will or won't rot under water.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #22
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I am not absolutely sure but, I think most wood will be OK.
Anyhow this log is pine, I found it a couple of years back, I stored it my shed & intended to use it a decoration at Christmas time!
There are a few points to remember though, wet wood will swell up & increase in size so be careful if it is a tight fit in your tank.
I coated this log with three coats of epoxy, the wood needs to be very dry for the epoxy to cure properly.
I also soaked the wood after it was coated in a water butt for 3 weeks before it went in my tank.
I weighed the wood before soaking & after just to see if it had absorbed any water & increased in weight - it had not.
I tried a few methods to hold the log in position, in the end I found that by coating the ends with 5mm of silicone, the log holds in place nicely.
I can see lots of different configurations for scaping with a log & it wood be great to see someone else have a go.....
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:15 AM   #23
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well this really just gave me new ideas for future plans. l already see it...someone mastering this technique and getting top awards at the aga competition. kudos to you my friend. Just imagine how nice HC would look
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:26 PM   #24
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LOL just yesterday I was looking at how my Moss Tree had collected some HC and how it was starting to grow like crazy on it. Then I thought... Hummm wonder how I could make a tree out of HC...

Well now I know :-) good post.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #25
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Incredible. The thing about me when I see something like this is that I have a subconscious tendency to copy it. I hope you see that as a compliment
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:18 PM   #26
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Very cool! Two questions what's the mesh for in the second pic, and why'd you varnish the wood?
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:09 PM   #27
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Looks fantastic. This is one of the most creative ideas I've seen in a while. I love it.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:58 PM   #28
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Love it!
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:26 PM   #29
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solid looking log
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:27 PM   #30
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Think I might have to use this idea one day.
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