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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Stealing a great idea for a QT tank...

I have to share; I just read a great idea by Jaguar, and I'm going to incorporate it into my next QT tank!
Many of you know I made my first 3D backgrounds for my two 29g tanks (in my signature). I used Drylok and sheets of insulation foam. I enjoyed the process and the outcome so much I'm going to be making more - for a 55, a 90, and a 40B. Well, I am converting one of the existing 29g tanks into a QT tank, and I'm going to remove the dirt and cap substrate and replace it with a lightly sculpted foam and Drylok floor. (think tiered slate laying flat on the floor) I'll have water column feeding plants that don't require planting in soil - like java ferns, floating pennywort, etc - for plants and tie them to driftwood. That will make cleaning and maintaining the QT tank so easy, yet it will still look good.
Kudos to Jaguar for such a great idea!

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Will that be easy to clean?
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Yes, the Drylok doesn't have much texture (you can add sand, etc. to it if you want more), it is durable - I've never scratched or nicked the coating - and it is very easy to siphon clean. The walls I made for the 29s had a ultra thin layer of algae grow on them. I really love how it makes it look more realistic and I wanted algae to grow on it for that reason. I hate the look of a bare bottom tank - I only like the ease of upkeep with them.

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I've never built that type of a background. I agree bare bottom tanks are functional but not something I want to view for a long period of time.

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When I make the QT tank with the Drylok floor, I'll post a pic here - we'll see how it comes out - lol

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One advantage, you could slope it to the front for easier cleaning.
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One advantage, you could slope it to the front for easier cleaning.

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This is an excellent idea! Post a pic when you've got 'er done

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Will do!

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