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Old 06-26-2007, 08:07 AM   #1
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Diary of setting up a 75 Tanganyikan tank

I have a 40g Tanganyikan tank. I have an empty 75 and I decided to up-grade using the 75. Here I am going to document my project. It should take a while.

Questions and suggestions are welcome to this post.

I presently have 3 pairs of Lamprologus caudopunctatus with many fry and juvi's, 4 pairs Juli Ornatus, again with lot's of fry and Juvi's, 8 Zebra Danios and many fry and one old CAE. I am going to add 14 - 16 wild Cyprichromis leptosoma, small not Jumbo.

To start, I took my 75 gallon tank, all cleaned up and I siliconed a Styrofoam background & base (or bottom) using GE 1 silicone.





Next I took some styrafoam pieces I had and made a cave wall using "Great Stuff" to glue it together.



This is the back showing caves.



And on the background, not yet glued





The left side has three small cave entrances on the bottom



The right side has three small individual caves



This is were I am today. Next I will be taking styrafoam balls and glueing them onto the background to give the appearance of a rock wall.
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Your off to a great start Michael.........I'm lookin forward to your progress.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:21 AM   #3
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Looks awesome!
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yes, I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:34 PM   #5
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Very cool, keep us posted!
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I can't wait to see the finished product too.
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I'm curious as to how you will finish off the foam?
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With cement
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That's really cool
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I made a few minor changes. I was concerned about the caves at the end. I thought it would look bad when you look into the tank from the ends. I made the bottom into an off center island with the caves on that. I also shortened the hight of the styrofoam.

Here's a few pics













Tomorrow I will add some more "Great stuff" to fill in and begin with the cement. I am going to add a charcoal color to the cement, I hope I like the color.
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