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Old 12-18-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
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My first attempt and anything DIY for my Aquarium

After watching what feels like every video on youtube, I decided to try and make my own decorations. I decided on the tried and true styrofoam/cement method, and also decided on doing a sandfall. I have made a huge mess and did a lot of second guessing the look, but as of now, I like where it is sitting.

I have used about 2/3rds of a 4x8 sheet of 3/4" stryofoam, 2 tubes of 100% silicone, and maybe 1/8th of my 10lb bag of quickrete mortar mix. There is only one coat on it now, but it will get more. I carved out a couple small areas on the top flat rock to maybe add some small fake plants.

- There are two tunnel entrances for the fish at the front. Its pretty much a big "U" that goes through the structure.

- The taller rock structure conceals the 1" pvc pipe that will transport the sand, drop it, and hopefully all the sand falls into the "bowl" in the center, which will recycle the sand.
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Old 12-19-2015, 03:05 AM   #2
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Looks nice and like the layout. How long did it take?
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I probably have 6 hours into it right now. Most of that was because I wasn't sure what look I was going for with the styrofoam, and a lot of trial and error with looks. I think it looks a lot better in person. For some reason the pictures make it look like a big concrete blob. The lines are more defined inperson
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I like how you would get exactly what you want as well to fit the tank.
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:42 PM   #5
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Amazing looking formation!
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Dude that looks sweet as
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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Nice! Waiting to see the final pictures and install.
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My final coat just went on. I added a dye to the concrete which made it a lot darker. After the original coat fully cured, the color was like bleached jeans. I am going to Presoak it and test it in a extra aquarium that is lying around, then it's going in my dad's 55 gallon, which I am redoing for him for Christmas. I will definitely keep you posted

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Are you testing water chemistry out of interest? Would be interesting to see what ph does.
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My plan is to test the tap water ph, then the water every 24 hours after submerging it, and doing water changes every day until tap PH is the same as tested PH

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