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Old 10-03-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Styrene Background Heaters

I've been watching videos and reading up on building a Styrene - Drylok background for a 120g. I've not found any advice n dealing with Heaters. In-line heaters are not an option. So I need advice or opinions. I will be using a canister with two water return lines. What if I place the heaters (2) next to the return tubing. Cut the tubing to where it is about 3" below the waterline. The actual openings through the background would be near the bottom of my tank. The water coming back into my tank would be pushed down along the length of the heater (14") to the bottom (about 20"). Would this work??? Is there an easier way?
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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What about creating a voide in the decor to hide heaters and overflows and such. Instead of having it flat in the back make the corners rounded with openings in the top the bottom with an air stone back there to circulate the water past the hidden heaters.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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Im building a background for my tank right now. I just cut out a spot for my heater in the back. I also created a intake hole at the bottom of the heater cut out and im attaching a powerhead to the top to circulate the water.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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Wow thats looking awesome!
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Heres a picture of the intake, i still have to install a screen so nothing gets sucked up, but yeah thats what i went for.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Its turning out alot better then i thought, now i just have to figure out how to get it to sink haha. Probably gonna have to silicone it to the tank itself
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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These pics make me want to try a project like this. Whats been the hardest part so far?

Do you think we should make some sort of wire frame to hold the heater away from the edges. In my tank every once in a while the geater looses suction from the glass and floats up. If that happens could the heat couse any kind of damage from the styrene or release any kind of chemicals from it?
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So far the hardest part is cutting it out and gluing it together the way you want it. Im pretty sure its going to be a pain to also get it to stay attached to the tank so it doesnt float. Then just the time its going to take for the water to stay stable enough so it doesnt effect the fish. As far as my heater im just going to use the suction cups and silicone the styrofoam on the inside for a little extra protection. Also if your wanting to try this theres alot of great ideas i found on youtube. Main thing is make sure you make it in multiple pieces so it will fit in your tank haha Heres a picture of both pieces
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:52 PM   #9
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There ya go all finished. Time to water cure!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:15 PM   #10
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That looks insane man! Well done!
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