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Old 02-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #11
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I like it. Looks great.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:22 PM   #12
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I like it. Looks great.
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nice job look's good
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:54 PM   #14
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looks great. does the cement keep it from floating out?
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you have to silicone it to the back cabezon...

viper, how long did you end up soaking it before it stopped messing with the ph? seems like i remember you posting about that soon after i started mine a while back
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:26 PM   #16
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you have to silicone it to the back cabezon...

viper, how long did you end up soaking it before it stopped messing with the ph? seems like i remember you posting about that soon after i started mine a while back
Actually it still messes with the pH, it just takes longer to do so. What used to be like a day for the pH to start escalating now takes about 4 days. I started soaking it around Thanksgiving time, which shows how long it can take. It also depends on how much cement you use. I did four coats of cement, two of which were pretty thick so there is probably more cement in mine than most. I decided that I can put my fish in and just watch the pH levels carefully and do a water change when the levels start to rise.

Cabezon, you would not believe the buoyancy of the foam. Like a dummy I tried soaking it in a utility sink in my basement for a period of time. I tried to hold it under the water with my hands for like 10 mins at a time but literally my arms got tired after like 2 minutes. I'm actually surprised at the strength of the silicone. As soon as I put the background in the tank, I realized I had made a mistake and it took both my dad and I to pull the background from the glass. Bear in mind this was 10 seconds after applying the silicone and putting the background in the tank. If I ever need to take the background off for any reason, I will have to break it apart.
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you have to silicone it to the back cabezon...

viper, how long did you end up soaking it before it stopped messing with the ph? seems like i remember you posting about that soon after i started mine a while back
BTW, how did yours turn out?
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:12 AM   #18
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Here's a newer picture where the tank has cleared up a little bit. Not seen in the photo are my two plecos, one a common and the other a bristlenose. The common pleco is that dark mass under the root structure on the right side of the tank. The bristlenose hides inside of that structure so they both aren't visible.
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Nicely done!
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mine ended up going in the closet. things got hectic and i just didnt have a chance to finish it.. the foam is done, just needs the concrete
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