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Old 10-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Over the last few weeks I've been working on a foam and cement background for my 5x2x2ft tank. Thought I'd share some pictures.

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Tank was filthy and cabinet was water damaged.



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Cabinet painted and in house.


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Diy rain gutter light fixture.


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Expanding foam and styrofoam.

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Leaving room for overflows.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Start of foam carving and gluing on more pieces.

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Rough outline of rocks done. You can see some black lines between the rocks. That's where I cut it into pieces to be able to insert it into the tank.

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First fitting. All went well except I had left too much room between weirs and foam.

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More foam and carving.

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Much better fit. At this stage I went over all the rough edges of the foam with a mini blowtorch. This part smelly so I had to make sure not to inhale any fumes.


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First of two layers of cement.

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Lookin good! Took 6 1/2 bottles of silicone to glue all 4 pieces of background in and seal around the edges.

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Only had black silicone left and was impatient so used it to seal between each piece. Once dry I covered all seams with more cement.
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Looking good - tagging along for the ride.
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With the cement do you have to seal it?
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Picture of back. Lots of glue! Despite all my efforts water still gets back there.

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Filled her up to check everything was glued in correctly.

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After drying out I gave everything 3 coats of clear pond sealer. Made some more foam rocks for bottom also.

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Took another 1.5 bottles of glue to secure the rocks. Hope they don't float!
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With the cement do you have to seal it?
I did but you don't have to. Sealing helps prevent pH spikes and weeks of leaching from the cement.
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Alright last post! Uploading from the app and it takes forever. Lol.

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And she's done! Still sitting in my shed a week and a half after completion waiting for me to organize some unsuspecting friends to help with the move up the back steps.

And a big thanks to Andrew McFadden. Thanks for putting up with my questions and FB tags in the last few weeks
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looks awesome. I really want to do this with my new 125g that I got. But after redoing the diy stand that came with it, I'm leary to start a new project. Also thinking if I add this then the extra depth I gained from this new tank over my 55g would be gone. If I had a 2ft deep tank I deff would
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WOW. Great job, looks so real. I'd love to try this but not sure if I would have the skills, patience or tank size for it. Maybe one day...haha.
Can't wait to see it full of fish. Any idea when you will set it up??
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