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Putting a cork in it- 65g journal

Procrastinators of the world, meet a master. One year almost to the date after purchasing it, I finally christened this my "big" tank (big to me). That was last October. I'm juuust getting around to putting up a journal. At least I took some shots back when it was finally coming together.

My little pea brain found lots of challenges trying to figure out exactly how to do what I wanted with this, hence the delay. I wanted a cork bark background, and I got cork from The Cork Store. I had to cut it down with a band saw- the stuff was so thick.

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Puzzle pieces

Fitting it all together was fun.

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Playing in the sandbox. The black stuff is TMS, the brown is Volcanit. Eventually, Eco-complete went over the Volcanit.

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OoOoOooOoo~ I *love* corkbark! I wanted to get some and put it on the back of my 75g just like that but the work it takes and the cost turned me off of it.

I'll be watching this one closely.

More pictures! More pictures!

Oh, and that little leaf/candle thingy you have above your tank is really pretty!
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add water, plants...

I skipped the AR pics of the actual filling. Here's a front view. I have some better pics around somewhere, can't locate them right now.

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I goof around with the layout from time to time. I'll try to get some more recent pics up later on.

The cave was a problem for a while, here's one iteration of it.


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Nice tank, I particularly like the background. Looks very natural!
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Wow, finally You are a patient man. The background looks phantastic. I can't say I am a friend of multicolored round rocks though.


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OoOoOooOoo~ I *love* corkbark! I wanted to get some and put it on the back of my 75g just like that but the work it takes and the cost turned me off of it.

I'll be watching this one closely.

More pictures! More pictures!
You're right, there's work involved, and it extends beyond the setup due to high levels of particulate from the bark. I'll get some more recent ones up in not too long, and some narrative of the interesting nettles the cork has presented over the last 9 months.

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Oh, and that little leaf/candle thingy you have above your tank is really pretty!
That's my wife's handiwork. One of the talents I appreciate about her, but don't participate in myself. She takes the same attitude toward my tanks.

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Nice tank, I particularly like the background. Looks very natural!
Thanks, that's what I was shooting for.

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Wow, finally You are a patient man. The background looks phantastic. I can't say I am a friend of multicolored round rocks though.
And you are a kind man, Wasser. I wouldn't have characterized myself as patient. There were so many bumps in the road on this project. I originally planned to do a sump, but it didn't work out. You can see the bark cutout in the corner shot where I had the overflow. Had a piece of corkbark over that, too. Should have seen my face when the water lifted it clean out of the tank on the initial fill! Oh, the rocks look much more alike now with a generous coat of algae

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OH MY G!
that is stunning. I love the bark.
Makes me want to do it to my 100gal but i would be too afraid to do it .... or lazy which ever comes first
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I'll have more to say about it later. Stay tuned.

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Nice. Looks like a scene out of a river.

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