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Old 08-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Rebecca's 55 Gallon Aquarium Build

I wasn't fully for sure if I should post this in the DIY Thread or the Amphibian Thread.

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Alright, so after having a 55G tank laying around for what seems like forever, I finally decided what I wanted to do to it. And since the 75 is currently on hold I wanted to jump right into my project with the 55. After closer inspection of the tank I decided it would be safest if it wasn't full of water so I decided on a vivarium instead.

It didn't tank me long to reseal the tank because the old silicone was falling off anyways


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So I lugged the thing into the house and somehow managed to put it on the table (that part still amazes me).

After the old silicone was off and new was on, I let it completely dry for a few days then began to cut my styrofoam for my background

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I have been doing allot of reading on the use of foam in an aquarium and decided that this was the best route to go with for the background, so I cut an additional piece of styrofoam for the right corner where I will be sticking a water pump in for my waterfall and foamed the rest. The left side has yet to be foamed which will have to wait until payday but I will create a ledge to provide additional climbing spaces for my inhabitants.

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The driftwood was cleaned, soaked, and dried before hand to prevent any bacteria in the tank. Then was foamed in as well. The foam itself probably will be painted with Quikrete to create a rock effect.
Well that's all I got so far! I'll keep updating as I progress with the project.

I also have a thread with a few stocking questions for anyone able to help;
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ns-221650.html
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Looks great so far, looking forward to updates.
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I would want to setup a tank like that for mudskippers.
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I would want to setup a tank like that for mudskippers.
Mudskippers, although cute and very interesting, can be expensive and hard to find in the US. I'm more aiming the tank to be toward an environment for amphibians. I love frogs and am looking into a few different species such as Tree Frogs, Pacman Frogs, and/or Tomato Frogs.
Its all still basically up in the air and am doing thorough research on many different types before anything even hits the tank.
Thanks for the suggestion though!
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I asked my lfs to order indian dwarf mudskippers.
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Well I'll be getting the pump for the fountain Friday which means the build is on hold until then but I've already been planning ahead on the scape.
Don't know how I'm going to tie them in yet but I'll be purchasing the glow mushrooms for the logs soon.

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I am in love with the look of these, they are so cool.
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Well picked up the pump, tubing, and pvc today. Foamed a bit more, added an area where the water will pool and also added a few more pieces of wood.

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(picture was taken sideways, the tank is standing upright on my dining room table)

Its slowly coming together
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That's so cool and looks great

By the way I.don't like you anymore :/ because of your avatar lol j/k
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Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product.
Thank you both! It has a foamy yellowy appeal to it at the moment
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