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Old 03-30-2013, 03:56 PM   #16
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Drill + glass + me = a pile of shards

I've breve drilled a tank. All of mine.are glass, and I'm too much of a puss puss to attempt to drill.

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lol!i understand the worry. i don't think i have the finese to do it. but i have an LFS that does it $25 a hole. they have done it many times so i'm not to concerned with shattering
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:29 AM   #18
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If you've got the dough. Do it!

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #19
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i don't lol. but thats why i started a third job yesterday. i haven't heard back from that rock cutting guy....i'm a little bummed but i'm going to give him a phone call today on my break and see what the deal is.

i think i'm not going to drill the tank. it will make it easier to sell or to do something different with down the road. and while i would love a clean tank, i can deal with a few hoses running down the back tank.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:51 AM   #20
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so the guy turned out be a waste of time. i was contact him last time i posted. since then we made appointments 6 different times, each time he had reschedule, because of this or that. i got mad and told him off, i mean what kind of guy does that to people? i had to re-arrange my schedule every time to fit this guys garabage.

so long story short, come to find out a guy i work with is a freaking artist and does alot of work with cut stone...so he said he would do it. :-)
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So have you decided yet if its going to be flagstone or granite?

The flagstone kind of reminds me more of a river bed as opposed to the granite. In my own opinion.
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i agree i like the flagstone, it has more of a river bed feel to it. but man that granite would would badass in a tank. but i have a rock i want to use, i think it will work well


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Would slate do the same and be cheaper by like a lot?
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What were you thinking for your flow? My xp 3 has a nice strong flow with a spray bar and jet flow. If you plan on two canisters just oversize them.
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Hey man check my sig our for use of granite scraps in a tank. It can be done tastefully, even with larger chunks. My local countertop gave me a 5 gallon bucket for free, they had a scrap pile the size of a large SUV out back so I picked all the expensive neat yet tasteful looking pieces.

Either way, if you use that rock in your pic, I think it's gonna look great! Good luck man!
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What were you thinking for your flow? My xp 3 has a nice strong flow with a spray bar and jet flow. If you plan on two canisters just oversize them.
yeah plain slate is probably cheaper, but i want the rock i use to be darker than plain slate, and i don't mind forking over a little for this tank. after all this is the tank i have been dreaming in my head for the last 8 months.

for flow i have the XP2 and XP3 to handle the tank. i am going to use the XP3(more than likely with out filter media) exclusively for the river bed, and the xp2 for the rest of the tank ( not sure at what angle i will have the flow yet. I am probably going to spend a couple days tweaking to it give the bamboos the safest place i can in case they don't like the river bed with the loaches.)

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Hey man check my sig our for use of granite scraps in a tank. It can be done tastefully, even with larger chunks. My local countertop gave me a 5 gallon bucket for free, they had a scrap pile the size of a large SUV out back so I picked all the expensive neat yet tasteful looking pieces.

Either way, if you use that rock in your pic, I think it's gonna look great! Good luck man!
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i don't want to use pieces for the river, i want it to be one continus piece so that they glide up and down the the bed without gaps, or level changes. in the photos from where they come from its usually one huge piece of rock that has been smoothed, and carved by thousands of years of water flow, so i want to recreate that as much as possible.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:21 PM   #27
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last week i was able to find the rock i want. i got two huge pieces totaling almost 70lb $20. i and currently working with an artist friend, who can cut rock, to make sure we are on the same page and have the correct measurements before we cut.

i'm going to rinse off the rocks and take photos today (so the plan goes).
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For the river bed flow, PVC pipe will stay put under the substrate. Easy and cheap to put together. Hide the outflow with some stones at the top of the bed.

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nice! i can work with that.




here is the rock, i didn't wash it before the photos but if you look close you can see the pencil lines of where we will be cutting and chiseling.

there is the "s" in the middle, that will be carved into a channel.outter edges will be trimmed down into a shelf that will be above the flow, where they can hang out if they want to get out the current.
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How's this project going?

Looking forward to seeing more photos.
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