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post #61 of 83 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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It was time to take down the Christmas Tree Lights so I took the driftwood bonsai tree out of my tank and started unwinding the string of micro LED's. Unfortunately they aren't very durable because the wires started breaking as I was unwrapping the light string. It wasn't wound tightly and I was gently removing them but it broke in several places so apparently this one is junk.
I decided to try attaching various species of Bucephalandra to the tree instead of moss. I used some Gorilla super glue to attach clumps of plants to the branches. I didn't have enough to complete the tree but just placed an order for a few more clumps to complete the upper part. I think the small leaved buces look neater than moss. I had issues with the Fissidens and other mosses I've tried over the years getting messy and ratty looking with time and I had a constant issue of pieces of the moss coming off into the tank and clogging my filter intake.
Here's some photos I just took of the tree minus Christmas lights and the partially buced tree. One of my killifish photo bombed a couple of the photos.
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Finished up the tree last week. I like this better than the mosses I had on it previously. I think it looks more like a miniature tree with the bucephalandra leaves. Here's some photos I took:
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Very cool! It does look like a living tree in there
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What a prefect scape for a unique tank like this one. Well done!
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That's gorgeous! The pentagonal glass panes on the sides are so interesting.
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The execution on the tree is top notch. Interested to see it once established and filled in. Just imagine the tree sending out 20+ flowers at once someday..
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I need to see if I can find the picture of the one with the candle holders for heating. A friend of mine in England has one, I want to say it's from the 1840s. The candle holders are on a jack screw so you can keep them at the correct high and a more stable temp. Can you imagine that? Honey, did you remember to raise the candles on the fish tank? I've seen a few of those Jewel tanks and they're a little pricey. If I found one in decent enough shape, I'd do a restoration on it. We're losing too much history not to. You did a hell of a job on it, thanks for sharing.

Being a machinist by trade, it appeals to me to make one out of stainless. I know I have a piece of 30mm stainless plate in the shop. I love the Art Deco period so it would have to be something like that. Nice rounded edges with Starfire glass.
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That's gorgeous! The pentagonal glass panes on the sides are so interesting.
Thank you. The glass panes in the corners were necessary to prevent the rods that hold the tank together from being exposed to water. Originally they were buried in aquarium cement but I didn't want to go that route as I don't think it would have been aesthetically pleasing and would have been prone to leaks I believe.

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I just saw this aquarium for sale on Ebay yesterday and it appears to be in its original state with original glass (per the seller) and what looks like original cement. The corners have the same basic structure as mine with rods in each corner holding the top and bottom frames together. You can see that this tank used the same technique as mine with thin strips of glass covering each corner rod. Only difference between mine and this one is that the rods look like they were embedded in cement then covered with glass and sealed. Mine has the rods exposed behind the glass strips and works because silicone rubber was used to seal it instead of whatever was used around 140 years ago.
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The execution on the tree is top notch. Interested to see it once established and filled in. Just imagine the tree sending out 20+ flowers at once someday..
Thanks! I hope they do flower, that'd be something to see if it were covered with flowers.


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I need to see if I can find the picture of the one with the candle holders for heating. A friend of mine in England has one, I want to say it's from the 1840s. The candle holders are on a jack screw so you can keep them at the correct high and a more stable temp. Can you imagine that? Honey, did you remember to raise the candles on the fish tank? I've seen a few of those Jewel tanks and they're a little pricey. If I found one in decent enough shape, I'd do a restoration on it. We're losing too much history not to. You did a hell of a job on it, thanks for sharing.

Being a machinist by trade, it appeals to me to make one out of stainless. I know I have a piece of 30mm stainless plate in the shop. I love the Art Deco period so it would have to be something like that. Nice rounded edges with Starfire glass.
Thank you. I'd love to see photos of that tank. I had an 1880's Eastlake style tank and stand that I restored, and is on this forum, that had a holder integrated into the stand for a kerosene or oil lamp to heat the bottom of the cast iron tank. I even found an antique metal diffuser that fit into the top of the glass chimney to better distribute the heat.
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Thanks! I hope they do flower, that'd be something to see if it were covered with flowers.
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The execution on the tree is top notch. Interested to see it once established and filled in. Just imagine the tree sending out 20+ flowers at once someday..
I just had one of my bucephalandras flower, too bad I can't get more of them to do that.
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Here's another. Put ebay in front of:

/itm/Fiske-Cast-Iron-Antique-Aquarium-or-Fish-Tank/302732290727?hash=item467c402aa7:g:~2IAAOSw0-Ba8Itp

Way too much at $18K but interesting to look at.
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