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Old 09-05-2004, 11:21 PM   #31
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I have worried about that some but it will not be in direct contact with it unless it comes loose from the back. I think I will do the simple fix and just coat the inside of the boxes on the back with conrete. See anything else that could be a problem? Its easer to fix it now than later
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Old 09-05-2004, 11:23 PM   #32
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Fog cure!

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Be sure to fog cure the cement! to do this you need to mist the cement several times a day, this will keep it from drying to fast and cracking, trust me don't miss this step in the curing of each layer.
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Old 09-05-2004, 11:42 PM   #33
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Thanks for the tip. I could not be home today to fog the first thin layer so I put it inside in the airconditioning to slow down the drying as much as possible. It seems to be doing ok so far. I think the part I am really going to have to watch is the face as its going to be much thicker so I will plan that one when I am going to be home all day to watch it. Oh and thanks again for all the help
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Old 09-07-2004, 06:17 PM   #34
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Seems like things are moving right along now Today I go a chance to do the first layer of color on the background. I made up a small bucket of each conrete with each having a different conrete color and then used them basicly like paint to paint the background to look like rocks. I plan on doing another layer of color that will be basicly dry brushing the highlights on and painting in some darker blacks plus maybe some asorted spatters of colors. I also had lots of conrete left over so I made a selection of rocks that I can silicone to the bottom of the tank to make caves and other interesting features. You can also see I have not had time to sculpt the face but mabye in the morning. See images below...






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Old 09-08-2004, 10:29 AM   #35
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really nice work on shading the stones! Looking forward to seeing the face take shape!
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:14 PM   #36
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Well I finaly finished sculpting the face now all I have to do is let it dry and do the thin color layers.




I also finaly got around to setting up my tank to make sure it does not leak as its a used tank. I set it up yesterday in my storage building and so far no leaks Any one have any suggestions on how long to leave it up? Also I am thinking that some kind of pad between the stand the and aquarium wood be good, any thoughts on what to use?

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Old 09-09-2004, 10:35 PM   #37
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Styrofoam!

Sulla, I used a piece of 1/2" styrofoam between my stand and the tank, worked out great. The way My stand is built you can't even see it..I also built a custom hood for mine too with the lights enclosed inside and a vent fan, this is also a fallback from the reef tank..You could do this and paint it to match the stand, would be an awsome look! Mine is finished in Flekstone, nice look..

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Old 09-09-2004, 10:54 PM   #38
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OK great I will pick up some 1/2 foam next time I am at HD. I think I can just pick up some flat profile chairrail molding and put around the tank to cover the foam.

I like the hood I think I will end up making one that is about the same over all design exept maybe I will make the entire top lift up and just rout the edges to make it blend into the molding.
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sulla - absolutely gorgeous paint job! if i didn't know better, i'd never believe that was actually styrofoam.

brilliant work.
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Glad you like it Mr Burns, after all the hard work I hope it looks a little like rocks haha

Today I painted the face and did some more work ont he rest of the background to give it more color and depth texture. I just need to do one more light job on the face and background to change some things and add another layer to the face etc and I will be all done with this part. Oh and coat the chanels in the back and install grates, then I am done with the background itself.

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