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    That’s it your done! Congrats on the new fishy condo!




    I have to give credit where credit is due! First off these links I found online were a huge help in my plans. Most of what I did I followed from these with some minor adjustments to fit my needs and wants.

    http://westerncichlids.com.au/diy-aq...ground-part-1/
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/v...nderwater+jets
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    I’ve taken a bunch of pictures through this project and only the best are part of the instructions… If you want to see all of them please feel free to swing by my photobucket page and check them out.

    http://photobucket.com/my_background

    The latest set up picture!


    Hope you all enjoyed this!
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    Last edited by Jaster; 03-19-2009 at 02:35 PM.

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    :-O Wow, all I have to say.

    An amazing wrtie-up with great information :D Thank you so much for sharing. It looks GREAT.
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    That was very well done!
    It turned out and looks great!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Fantastic tutorial, thanks for sharing!!

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    Cool! Thanks for the great step-step instructions!
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    Very cool, thanks for the step by step! Might be a project for hubby to take on...:)

    Is it really necessary to silicone the structure to the bottom of the tank?
    10 Gallon FW with Male Betta, 1 male Endler, and 5 Zebra Danios, 100 Gallon with Sevs, Acaras, Parrots and Loaches.

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    Thank you very much all for the compliments! I figured I've gotten a lot of great info here so I thought it would be nice to give something back. I'm glad everyone likes it.

    Quote Originally Posted by *Sarah*
    Very cool, thanks for the step by step! Might be a project for hubby to take on...:)

    Is it really necessary to silicone the structure to the bottom of the tank?

    Unfortunately IMHO yes. Reason being is this things weighs in at about 25 pounds and it bobbed like a cork in my tub. Styrofoam is nothing more then plastic and air. Both are stupidly buoyant. I put my 20 pound scuba weight belt over the top of it and it was still sort of walking across the tub.
    Depending on what you do for a bottom, you might be able to load it with rocks or weights, but honestly with as buoyant as it is I'm not sure if I would trust it to stay down and IMO you would need a good amount of weight. This was very bottom buoyant (at least mine is) so it kept trying to flip over in the water. With it being taller then the tank is depth wise, if it broke free and tried to flip over, odds are it would break the glass or at the very least scratch it up very badly. Just wasn't a risk I was personally willing to take.

    I know the silicone will be a nightmare to deal with if I ever decide to take this out, but I'd rather deal with that instead a broken tank. And at least with the mess being on the bottom of the tank, I can cover it up with substrate if it really comes to that.
    Hope that helps!

    Please feel free to ask away with questions!
    Thanks again all!

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    interesting, I guess I never really thought that using so much concrete it would still be bouyant, but it makes sense. Scraping up the silicone prob won't be too difficult if/when you want to redecorate. YOu'd just have to take all the substrate and everything out.
    Well worth such a cool structure tho :)
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    i wonder if a balsa wood coated with fiberglass then concrete structure would be less "floaty". Beautiful work.

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    Wow that's really cool. Seems like quite a project, but it came out really well.
    10g- 5 diamond tetra, 1 oto, 1 albino BN pleco, 1 assassin snail and 2 blue shrimp. Heavily planted tank.

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