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Old 11-14-2013, 11:16 PM   #31
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Try using Drylok next time. Use about 3 good coats. Its very durable and there is no "curing time" involved. And you can use the cement colors in it as well.
I done a search for DryLoc and it appears that they have water, oil and dry based sealers and also a hydro patching formula; based on the desired texture I assume you are referring to the patching compound? Just starting back in aquariums after many years away... things have certainly changed! Thanks.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:18 AM   #32
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I just used the latex based.
I personally wouldnt use oil or water based.
As far as texture goes, the drylok has a gritty consistency.
So that combined with shaping the styrofoam works very well to create texture.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:21 AM   #33
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This is the 70 that I FINALLY finished.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #34
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This is the 70 that I FINALLY finished.
That turned out great! I have to get some snails, the algae builds up fast but looks good on it haha
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #35
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looks good. what is a good clear sealant?

and guys instead of quickrete can you use that Krylon Imitation stone paint and seal it off?

also no need to silicone up your aquarium just mount a couple rare earth magnets in the back of your background then the other magnet outside the aquarium and that thing isnt going to budge
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:16 PM   #36
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sorry new to forum didnt see there was multiple pages. I was wondering I have read that Krylon Fusion is aquarium safe and I saw one post said any krylon paint was safe.

I was wondering if anyone has used Krylon Make It Stone paints?
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I've only used fusion on the outside, but it does work good
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #38
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ok thanks I think they have a texured fusion too ill try to find that
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:20 PM   #39
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Yeah, there's a lot of things I would've done different now, haha, but I'm planning on doing a small one for my 10 with an aio built into it for a nano reef. I will make sure a document that one better and write a post or blog up on it.
Can you make a quick bulleted list of "What I would have done differently..." for guys like me that are taking notes before we take the plunge... it would be really helpful.

(I just added "use Drylock" to my list. )
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #40
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*build a false aquarium to make sure the back and under side are flat as possible, this can be done by getting 2 pieces of particle board and brace them into an "L" shape
*use mortar mix instead of quikcrete. Mortar mix is easier to work with and has fine particle aggregate rather then the bigger aggregate found in quikcrete
*let it cure completely before adding fish! I went through a fully stocked tank to 1 fish. :'(. Test, test, and when you think you've tested to much, test it again!
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