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Unread 08/10/2009, 07:09 PM   #51
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Stock the rocks

Could resist putting the cat on lol, he like to lick my nose for some reason.











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Unread 08/10/2009, 07:55 PM   #52
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great aquascaping


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Unread 08/10/2009, 08:32 PM   #53
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it looks like you used great stuff for foam...is that correct??? if so did you cover it with epoxy??? just asking cuz it doesnt look like you did...
if you didnt i will worn you know it will break down and crumble...befor it breaks down it will turn an ugly brown.

other than that your scaping skills are really good!!


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PLEASE DONT USE GREAT STUFF (THE YELLOW STUFF) IN YOUR TANK........USE POND FOAM (THE BLACK STUFF).. I BEG YOU!

Great stuff====$5 a can
24-48 hour cure
Epoxy to cover it====little as $5 for small projects or up to $100+ for larger projects
and another 24-48 hour cure
I hope you covered it well cuz if you didnt it will start to break down in a few months
sand is another added cost to cover up the yellow.

Pond foams====$9-$15 a can
24-48 hour cure
DONE! You can cover it with sand if you want to (YOU DONT HAVE TO) though but thats added cost again

Current Tank Info: 75 gal under way
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Unread 08/10/2009, 09:25 PM   #54
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This is going to be one hell of a nice tank. Keep up the good work


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Unread 08/11/2009, 01:50 AM   #55
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There is some interesting stuff here

I am gona keep an eye on this


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Unread 08/11/2009, 02:23 AM   #56
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OT... but I'm loving the Ferrari flag. A 300G system and a F430; someday!

As far as my question re. the dosing pump, I was more or less wondering what make/model it is. Those things seem to be a bit tricky to get dialed in... when you finally do, let us know.

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Unread 08/11/2009, 06:34 AM   #57
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it looks like you used great stuff for foam...is that correct??? if so did you cover it with epoxy??? just asking cuz it doesnt look like you did...
if you didnt i will worn you know it will break down and crumble...befor it breaks down it will turn an ugly brown.

other than that your scaping skills are really good!!
Yes , i used Great Stuff foam, and i put 2 coating of epoxy. And your right the resin seems to leach into the water, and it gets skimmed . The skimmate is brownish. Have you done something like this. If so what happened. The foam stayed intact i hope. I,m counting on coralline algae to cover it. keep in touch i'm most anxious to hear what happen to you.


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Unread 08/11/2009, 06:41 AM   #58
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Talking Roughing it

My tool shed lol




Rubble from drilling rocks



Basile my cat





A branch




You can see the exaust holes for the return pump




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Unread 08/11/2009, 06:44 AM   #59
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Almost complete the second structure without the branch








And with the branch




The cat is vain, viewing this morning snapshot lol





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Unread 08/11/2009, 06:54 AM   #60
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Details

It took some hours to balanced this out, the branch is balanced with the pods nursery i had to add.
















The pods nursery













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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:02 AM   #61
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Doing the tips

Doing the tips










The tips on the first sculpture in the tank, got to mesure often.









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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:08 AM   #62
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The cutting

Cutting the crate was stressfull, the moment of thruth. Lots of weight on the branches.












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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:25 AM   #63
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Sand coating

Time for resin, i've lost the picture of the resin i used, you can find this at a hobby shop, look for epoxy resin with a time frame of at least 30 min. You need time to add a mix of sand and crush coral or on it. It come in two part that you mix equally, and i mean equally; if too much hardener you get craking all over, if not enough hardener, it too soft and drips.




Put it a tub to catch the falling crush coral.



Spoon it lol





You have to brush the excess



Take out the remains of crush coral, other wise you loose the rock effect.






Mesure your holes








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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:28 AM   #64
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Drilling

Now its time to drill the foam, for plugs placement







Some hole where there from the start



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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:34 AM   #65
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The holes

Something you can't forget are the holes, they have to be glazed with resin as well




Its the best way, lots of debris you don't want in your water, i missed a few and what a messy water after; the foam floats so its not caught by the filtration, it has to be removed by hand, so don't forget a hole.



Those are the best to get rid of debris and you need to change every time to do this right.






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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:38 AM   #66
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The Stalactite

I had an idea , just an idea, that turned into an experiment.









Same process












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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:42 AM   #67
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Stalactite problems

The stalactite is suppose to be in and under the water.
It didn't happen that way.



Forgot the water line.



Positioning was also an issue, too close to the return connection











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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:47 AM   #68
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After the set up

After the set up other problem appeared.







The stalactite is lighter because of the foam, it wants to float, leave it to a frenchman to invent floating rocks.

I had to brace it to the side so it didn't swing sideways







The return connection to the structure worked very well


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Unread 08/11/2009, 07:56 AM   #69
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Burning rocks

Another problem developed. Being out of the water meant, being into the light. The MH are so intense the resin stated to burn and so did the foam.



The solution, came to me in a dream as i cimbed to mountain.... ya !!! I added a piece of crate to make it lower, but still



It wants to float again, lol





So i phone up Hercules and asked for some help.



Some putty or epoxy a hole tube of it.









Let cure for 48 hours, when worked outside the water epoxy dries up in less than 2 min not 20 min like under the water so be quick. At let cure for 48 hours.




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Unread 08/11/2009, 08:02 AM   #70
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Bracing the other way

One problem solved, now for the swaying, i used another brace but used another accrylic rod and some putty again.





Another hole tube of putty is needed.

let cure for another 48 hours, don't rush it needs that time since its so thick.





Finally it work great






Much more esthetic











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Unread 08/12/2009, 06:49 AM   #71
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Usefull links

Some links to products and threads

http://greatstuff.dow.com/products/index.htm

http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarest...nt-633845.aspx

http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/thirdpro...dHeader=Z-poxy

My reseach on the subject of rockwork

http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/...-rockwork.html


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Unread 08/12/2009, 06:56 AM   #72
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A Canopy

Well since i'm gona house some wrasses and a goby, i had to do a canopy for it so here goes.























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Unread 08/12/2009, 09:13 AM   #73
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wow, great explanations!


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Unread 08/12/2009, 02:29 PM   #74
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Hi

Whats the frame material that you used for your tank cover???

Do you not worry about your fish getting caught in that netting if they jump as it looks a bit large on the hole front??

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Unread 08/12/2009, 03:04 PM   #75
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Hi

Whats the frame material that you used for your tank cover???

Do you not worry about your fish getting caught in that netting if they jump as it looks a bit large on the hole front??

Cheers
Its screen doors aluminium frame. As for the holes no. If they get caught good they'll whiggle back in the tank. But i don,t think it'll happen.


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