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Old 10-09-2010, 04:34 AM   #11
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Dude... that is freaking awesome! mad props on that. How long did it take you to do all that by chance?

Would you think that would be safe to do for a reptile, like a leopard gecko? (minus the mostly in water part)
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:02 AM   #12
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I would have a few concerns, First, the adhesive; You don't use anything that says "Kitchen and Bath" in an aquarium. That green foam absorbs water, and is used in floral arrangements for that purpose. The paint is not an issue as once cured, it shouldn't present any problems.
The actual finished piece looks very nice. You did a beautiful job.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:40 PM   #13
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well i designed it to house reptiles as well as fish, I will probably be putting in a pair of frogs in a few weeks. The chalk in the picture was only used to hold the two pieces of foam together that I purchased. The final unit is covered in several layers of 100% paintable silicone and then painted using a krylon fusion textured paint which is supposedly aquarium safe. I have 4 fish in the tank right now and they all seem to be quite happy but my water is a bit cloudy, im hoping that will clear up eventually.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #14
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I wanted to give an update on my tank, everything seems to be going very smoothly I have a nice community of happy fish that include a beta, molly, small tetras, a crab that loves hiding in the caves i made, some shrimp... and up on top living on the land is a black widow which is really neat.

There was obviously a little nervousness from the arrangement of chemicals I used to create this tank but all of my fish are happy and water checks out great, tiny bit acidic but im leveling that out.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:30 AM   #15
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black widow? that's awesome. kinda makes me want to get 1
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:28 PM   #16
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black widow ... spider? Great work, very realistic. If it is a spider that is very cool.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:16 PM   #17
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Nice one Bud looks good
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So, the paint will seal the styrofoam without having to put a resin layer on it? Just curious, because I am thinking of developing a mangrove root background out of styrafoam, and was planning on using fiberglass and resin for my finish, but if I don't need that much work, then I will just carve and paint the thing.
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I like it! Keep us posted and by the way it looks awesome!
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #20
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Was bitten by the black widow brother called a brown widow looks the same with the same markings under the abdomen. I was sleeping and got bitten in bed in Cape town, South Africa. Ouch ended up going to hospital for muscle contractions and shortness of breath as it bit me on side of my chest near my heart. Watch you do not get it from the Black widow heard really bad story's.
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