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Hi there.

I finally got around to making a tank around an oldish diy hardscape sitting around at my shop.

Tank is plywood/glass.
Footprint of the tank is 130x65 cm, height is 70. (4'4''x2'2''x2'4'')

I'm thinking it will be a paludarium housing some semi-aquatic crabs and small fish.








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ooooh loving that background!!!


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I want to see so much moss in there. Soooo much moss.
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Looks great, can't wait to see more.


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off to yet another epic start. the realism is amazing.......inspiring
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that's a awesome background and wood, but IMO putting them together doesn't do justice to either of them.
will keep a close eye on the development of this tank , hope you will force me to change my opinion as it progresses .
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Background looks amazing! How did you do it?
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Thanks for the nice words and critique, people.

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Background looks amazing! How did you do it?
Rockwall is polystyrene foam carved and covered with cementy stuff.
Wood is pvc conduit, steel wire, GS and again, cement on top.

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Wood is pvc conduit, steel wire, GS and again, cement on top.
it's hard to believe that it's not the real thing. simply amazing
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That is going to be such a fun project! Can't wait to see it. How about some details on the design of the tank, I think I see plumbing in place?
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That is going to be such a fun project! Can't wait to see it. How about some details on the design of the tank, I think I see plumbing in place?
Looking forward to seeing how this goes miself.

I'll use a sump for filtering. Plumbing is not inbuilt, I've found inbuilts being a bit hard to maintain…
I tried an Eheim 1250 pump for circulation, but upgraded to an Aquamedic OR 2500. That seems to give enough flow for the scape.
You can see the try-out plumbing in the FTS. The outlet is divided into three:


Up left is a spray bar to keep the left side of the rock wall wet. Right from that is the main outlet for the waterfall.
Down below the waterline on the right bottom corner is another spray bar for keeping the water moving better in the water section.

All the outlets will be covered and unseen when I finish adjusting the balance.

I'm not sure about the lighting, yet. I'm tempted to try a 150 w metal halide.
It's either that or a 3 x 54 w T5.

I adjusted the water level up a couple of inches, wood looks cooler when it penetrates the surface a bit further down…



Thanks for looking!
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looking forward to see more of these tread!
Good job.
what can paint did you used?
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Thanks.

No paint, just coloured cement and grout.

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just a bit about the diy with cement for those who are looking at it, I've found bathroom tile mortar to be the best to work with. it's smoother, applies thicker, easier to work with, and comes in dozens of colors. it is more money then just using a concrete mix but well worth imo.
Highly suggest everyone to try diy builds for backgrounds and things like the wood, its very rewarding!


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Moss growth on the Crabludarium scape is taking it's time



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