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  1. #1

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    Okay so now that the tank is approved I figured I'd start some of the background work now. I am going to do two different styrofoam projects as well as paint a background on the 125 when I get it...

    Here goes the first one. I have decided to make a styrofoam tree with the branches underwater throughout part of the tank. The tree will be 3 inches thick and go just 4 inches under water before it starts to branch off... The branches will attach to either the side of the tank mid water. The floor on the tank, or the back of the tank midwater.. Here was the starting shopping list... I held off on the cement and resin still as I'm in a cast until March 3rd.. After that though I will cement it together and resin it nice and tight....

    3 1inch 12X36 inch sheets of styrofoam
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    *** still need quickcrete quikwall and resin.....

    Here are some pics... The materials, Styrofoam cut and siliconed together, and my "clamps"...lol

    I will post throughout the project. This is my first go around so if I stop posting you know something went wrong lol... I will post daily on my progress but once tree is carved I will wait until 3rd of March to cement it due to the cast...

    J
    75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey

    55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio

    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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    darn it here are the pics lol....
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    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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    EDIT: Now they are there!
    Last edited by gm72; 02-26-2008 at 06:19 PM.
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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    Sounds great J, can't wait to see the daily progress.
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    Good luck, I hope it turns out how you want it to!

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    I am super stoked about this thing... It is great. I haven't screwed up anything yet and I got the main base carved!!! Here are four pics. First is just straight carving. Second I started adding some shape.. 3D yeah!!!!. Third one is the finished base.... Fiurth is the channel I carved in the back. I will put the intake to the AC110 in this so it will hide it perfectly!!! Some will ask how to clean the intake I'm sure so I will do this... I will lift the entire filter off the back.. Unhook the intake and lift the intake back up through the channel. A little tough I'm sure but this is going to be way worth it... Moved the project to my work shed as the wife kicked me outta the house.. The silicone was getting to her...lol... Here are the pics...
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    55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio

    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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    good luck looking forward to more pics! all looking good!!
    angelcakes (penny)
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    Looking great J. The intake should be fine. With all my tanks running I have had only 1 intake to clear or clean in the last year or so. Mind you there was no live plants in that tank. I hear they can be a problem sometimes with leaves and such that come off.
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    Lookin good J-man! Keep up the good work!
    The former ZCciVic22!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor
    Looking great J. The intake should be fine. With all my tanks running I have had only 1 intake to clear or clean in the last year or so. Mind you there was no live plants in that tank. I hear they can be a problem sometimes with leaves and such that come off.
    I won't have any plants... I will have Oscars, Green Terror, Raphael Cat, and probably a Red Devil and Jack Dempsey in there... No plants with those guys lol..... I might silicone down some really small plants to the cave top I guess.....
    75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey

    55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio

    20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.

    "Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."

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