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Old 06-13-2012, 09:45 PM   #11
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just remember, NO WIRE.
if you get a plant with a wire, just cut it where the plastic seems firm, there is usually a little bulge, this is where the wire meets the plastic, quick snip and your done.

wire usually is at thebase of the plant, snip it then take all the branches off where the wire is located, you can use all those filler branches for any gaps you might have

Why is it so important to get the wires out?
Is it getting toxic water.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #12
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this is really cool, i love diy and crafts, i may just have to make some
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #13
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I always considered trying this but never got around to it. Good work
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:14 AM   #14
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Thanks for the comments, as for the wire, you never want to put metal in your tank, the last thing u want to do is have that metal break down and poison your fish.
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Depending on what kind of metal it is, it could be aquarium safe. I wouldn't risk it though, good call.
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yea, i was going to go into detail with metals, but then i thought of the store it's comming from, 'Michaels'
who knows what people stick inside these fake plants, so it's better to be safe and have no metal contact.

and i must say, the plants are looking AWSOME, soon they will be in the tank.
then i'll post some more pics.
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ok here is my final setup, i am extremely happy with the results, looks very natural.






love my octopus looking plant


here is my 40 gal with a few smaller plants


here are both tanks all setup


left side of the 90 gal, barbs love to swim thru the plants



here is the middle of the 90 gal


full shot of the 90 with all plants added. i must say i was speechless



pictures don't do it justice, what you can't see is the swaying of all the plants because of the high flow of my FX5.
gives it more of a authentic look
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awesome work! cannot wait to give these a try
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #19
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it will take some trial and error to get your technique down when it comes to the base, what i did was add silicone after i removed the plant from the mold, then dipped the base into a bag of rocks, just like adding sprinkles to an ice cream cone, then i packed on another layer of rocks by doing this. And it hid the silicone , but you can't tell because it's burried under the substrate anyway.


it's funny cause i have 22 fish in my 90 gal, but you can't tell by looking at it.
they LOVE to swim in the plants and hide, lol

here is a better pic, i didn't get all of them, but i did get alot
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IM not a fan of fake plants bit these look surprisingly good!!! What a great display of creativity, ingenuity and macgyver-ness lol
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