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03-19-2009, 08:17 PM #21
terrapin24h, I like that idea. Do you think the wood or fiberglass would leach anything harmful? Might have to look into that. I have to admit it would be great to make one of these that actually sank on it's own!
I've thought about making molds out of fiberglass or resin. Just fill the molds with cement. Would be great to have something reusable. I don't I could do it on a large scale but for smaller things like tree roots, coral shaped rocks, or caves... I think it would work great.
Honestly Z, it looks a lot more then what it was. It was actually very easy and a lot of fun. My son and I had a blast doing this. Building the background itself only took a weekend (just the styro). Once I got started it really just came together. Took longer to clean up the mess from all the cutting and sanding the styro... lol
And again, Thank you all for the kind words and to everyone who sent me a PM and rep points!! I was going to reply to everyone but I'd be here all day! lol. Hope the global thank you is ok! It's very much appreciated!!
03-20-2009, 12:56 PM #22
0Originally Posted by Jaster
03-21-2009, 04:35 AM #23
Alot of work in that Jaster, well done.Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
03-22-2009, 12:58 AM #24
03-22-2009, 03:13 PM #25
Thank you very much for all the compliments!!
07-15-2009, 02:22 PM #26
It's been a while and I've had a few people ask so I figured I'd update everyone on how the background is holding up after 6 months.
So far so good! The fish absolutely love this thing. Parts of it have turned a bit green from algae and it makes it look a lot more natural so I'm thrilled with that. The Bristle nose are always on it.
A few things I have bumped into along the way... (in hindsight...)
Cleaning the lower levels can be a PITA. Some of the cave entrances are too small for my to get the python through to clean and some of the angles need are to tight. So you get some waste build up there. I shake things up in the caves with my hand and try to force the waste into the open. PITA... keep cleaning in mind when making caves.
Securing this to the tank... I went with siliconing the bottom and it works awesome. This did leave me a small gap between the background and the back of the tank. Not a biggie with little fish but big fish that think they're little fish get stuck. I've lost 3 fish to this. Not a huge amount considering the amount of fish I have in it but still... So if you do use the bottom get it as close as you can to the back glass and if it's needed put a piece of styro back there to fill the gap. Or pull it out enough that your largest planned fish won't get stuck.
Water has been fine. The Ph sits at 7.6-7.8 Kh is 3 and Gh doesn't even show up. I think that is more my chemical treated city water. But on the plus side that does tell me it does nothing to my water since all 5 of my tanks read exactly the same. I'll take it! lol
oh ya... here's an updated pic too!
Last edited by Jaster; 07-15-2009 at 02:27 PM.Angel breeder wanna-be
07-15-2009, 02:39 PM #27
Your tank looks great!
I have built up a section in my tank with driftwood,diy caves,and rocks.Its a major pita to take apart to clean.I vacuum what I can .When adding water I flush it out and vacuum all the extra debris I can as it flows out.
It sure beats trying to take everything apart each time.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
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07-16-2009, 01:23 AM #28
Ya thats about it too... blow it out is the best I can do. Still worth it though.Angel breeder wanna-be
07-16-2009, 01:34 AM #29
0Originally Posted by Jaster
The people who are making backgrounds in Bris told me that fibreglass is too expensive to cure properly to make it safe.Fish are friends, not an expendable entertainment device!
07-16-2009, 01:50 AM #30
Jaster - have you tried making a DIY attachment to go on the end of the python? like one uses on a vacuum cleaner to get into the hard to reach places.
Quick idea of the top of my head would be to make a piece that is reverse of the tubing-to-python where you are going from narrow tube to fat suction bulb. what if you made a suction bulb to narrow rigid plastic tube to allow you to get in there?
Is that clear or am i rambling? lol30g - Planted - need to do some serious rethinking
20g - planning