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I decided to tear down my 40 breeder and turn it into a vivarium for the d. azureus I'll be getting next week. I had never been totally happy with the scape and was getting pretty bored with it. Today I worked on getting everything out and cleaning it, then I started on the framework of the false bottom. This is as far as I've gotten so far.

 

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Today I started working on the waterfall. I wanted to be able to use the foam to hold the slate and rocks for the waterfall in place, and to do that, I needed to be able to lay my support piece attached to the false bottom flat. Due to the size and weight of my aquarium, it wasn't feesable to prop the tank itself up on a corner, so I made a jig with two pieces of OSB, held together with angle brackets, propped up by cement blocks, and wrapped in wax paper so the foam wouldn't stick to the wood.






After that, I put a hole in the back for my tubing and laid out the rocks for my waterfall



Then laid down foam



Once the foam is hardened, I'll set the false bottom upright and start on the pool and the river.
 

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River and second waterfall. I'll carve out the foam from the center of the river and the pool at the bottom of the first waterfall.

 

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Thanks! It's so hard waiting for the foam to cure. I want to start carving it so that it actually looks like a pond and river, instead of just a mound of foam.
 

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Thanks! It's so hard waiting for the foam to cure. I want to start carving it so that it actually looks like a pond and river, instead of just a mound of foam.
great start! Thats looks like the pond foam from tetra. The GS will cure much faster is you spray it with water. Carvable in less than a few hours if its not too deep. Cant wait to see more!
 

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It's not greatstuff brand, I forget what it is, but it's for ponds and stone. I like it because it's black so it's easier to disguize. If I don't totally cover some of it with coco fiber or sand, it won't stick out like a sore thumb.
 

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Carved the foam out



Forgot to take a pic of just the scilicone, but basically I took some GE scilicone 1 for windows and doors (considered to be safe for fish and aquariums, so I assume it's safe for frogs too) and laid it on pretty thick, then used a putty knife to smear it around until all the cut foam was coated with it, then I piled on this nice, smooth pea gravel and pressed it in and poured off the extra pebbles. Next I poured some sand over the pebbles to fill in the gaps between them and poured the sand off.






And finally, I did a little carving of the waterfall and smeared scilicone on that as well, then added some pebbles and river rocks for looks and to help direct water flow where I want it.

 

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The scilicone is cured and I set it up outside to test the waterfall, I can see one minor change I would make with the flow of the waterfall, but other than that I'm very happy with it. I think it looks even better with the water running over it.



 

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Washed the gravel and got it placed around the edges and got the pump in there too.




For the pump, I just cut down my tubing to the right length, then found a hose barb fitting that fit the tubing on one end, and that my pump spout could slip inside of on the other end, even though that end of the hose barb fitting has male threads, it's large enough to fit snugly on the outside of my pump spout. Then I just placed the pump in the bottom and it's suction cup feet hold it in place. Once I get more RO water to fill it up with, I can plug it in and get the waterfall running.


 

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looks good so far :) i see you were able to capture one of those elusive indonesian yellow razors. i have been trying to get one of those for years. ;)
lol, yeah, I actually have 2 of them, just lucky I guess ;)
 
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