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  1. #11

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    I know I came across the same issues trying to decide how to finish mine.

    Yes any latex based masonry sealer minus the mold/mildew inhibitors will work. A more expensive option is a pond epoxy, but I didn't need 5 gallons at almost $100.

    I like the idea with the sand topping the expanding foam. The foam is fish safe, I have not read anywhere that it breaks down after cured into anything toxic for the fish. I think it is a great option and will give nice texture to your background. I would just do a test piece and see if the sand in any way impacts the expansion of the foam, or gets "swallowed" up as the foam expands.

    I ruled out concrete for the same reason, I didn't want to risk the pH swings in my tank...

    I also read about the Krylon paints; theoretically an acrylic-water based product is safe once dry and cured, but to be safe I would contact them directly and ask them if they have anything volatile in them after cured/dry. I did that with the Gorilla glue to check cure time.

    When I built my turtle's waterfall/pond I used that "great stuff" and wanted to carve it, but when I cut into it, it was mainly holes. So when I used the quick-crete, I had to fill all of the gapping holes in the expanding foam, then I used a poly-cryllic to seal the whole piece making it water resistant, and then used silicone to seal the areas that would be in constant contact with water-making it water proof. I think you have to buy the one that doesn't expand so much to avoid the air in the expansion. Wish I had some pics to show you, but I didn't document when I made that for my turtle.

    The expanding foam also adds a lot of buoyancy to the background. I know the $ can add up. If you have an Ace near you they usually have Drylok products. Or may be able to order for you.

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    I appreciate all of your comments regarding this new project. I think you are right about the foam causing issues when I sprinkle the sand on it, I think it will just keep expanding creating lots of space between the sand making the foam more visible. I think I am going to do the expanding pond foam, allow it to cure, then cover with silicone after I rough up the foam a little bit with a file, and then while the silicone is still wet sprinkle with sand. That kind of seems like the path of least resistance to me lol.
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    I really can't wait to see your completed project, it is going to be spectacular.

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    Thank you for the positive words. At this point I think you have more confidence in me than I do lol :) :P
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    Yup, I know that feeling...I was dragging my feet on my project. You learn as you go though.

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    Well,first round of supplies are purchased: 4'x2' plastic grid and 3 cans of great stuff expanding pond foam. Still have to go to my work tonight to pick up some sticks and stones that I will be implementing into the background. Exciting stuff!
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    So have you "broken" ground on your project or still collecting supplies?
    75g- Plecos, Rainbowfish, Edlers, Espei, Gouramis, Cory, Loaches, Amano, and misc.
    Two 5.5g- Shrimp tanks; one with 4 chili rasbora & Bloody Mary and second with Blue Dream shrimp
    5.5g- Rescue female betta Lucky Star
    20L- Rescue betta Tony Stark and pygmy corys
    20L- Pygmy cory, 2 vampire/rock shrimp, ember tetras and female guppies

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    I have broken a little ground, but I was debating on if I should start posting things on this thread again, or just transfer over my progress to the journal I started for the tank lol. I did post a link to for this thread on my journal thread to provide background info for whoever might check out my journal.
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    I think transfer it over to your journal so we can follow along in one place
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    Will do! :)
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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