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Old 02-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, i'm a newbie to the sw hobby and am on the journey of building my own tank. i'm trying to recreate this tank i found on the internet, with a few tweaks of my own. I hope you'll help me, as i have or will have tons of questions. but for starters, here's the pic of the tank i want to recreate:

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Old 02-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Wow - that is an interesting setup. Best of luck on your journey. Welcome to AA.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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That's pretty darn cool. I can't say I've seen this setup before
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #4
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That's pretty darn cool. I can't say I've seen this setup before
Does anyone know how to do the volcano waterfall? here's the link to the other person's website: Volcano Reef Tank | reef tools
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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The water overflowing from the waterfall is probably the return for the sump.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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It is, i just don't know how to mak it wher you won't be able to see the pipe stcking up from it.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:54 PM   #7
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wow, thats insane, probably one of the coolest tank setups Ive seen. That will be one heck of a build. Good luck and keep up *** posted!! take lots of pics
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:57 PM   #8
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if you build your own pvc pipes, and use a heat gun, you can run pipes anyway you want to. Which would actually be an easy way to do it, as long as youve played with pvc before. Now getting a hole in that big rock, thats another story
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:20 AM   #9
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lol The volcano is peices of dry rock glued together to make the volcano shape. i guess you glue it around the pvc return, to make the waterfall effect.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:51 AM   #10
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ahh. well that makes it simpler. looks like a fun build, but im sure its like working on a car, what seems simple and quick, will turn into a b*^%& and take forever to do. but hey, you be the only person you know to have a cool tank like that.
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Haha, yeah, i'm still looking for a glass dealer, but i'm pretty sure i found one. You can use plexiglass right?
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:39 PM   #12
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Im not sure, I would think you can, probably be better off using glass though. Maybe someone else on here can fill us in on the use of plexi. I was just wondering how to fix a leaky tank...do you use clear calk? Im about to buy another 29g for someone off craigslist...and Im not sure if it leaks, and if it does, I want to know how to fix it.
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subscribed to see where this goes.GL!
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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I also want a tank like this.. The creator removed the volcano and made a shallow lagoon i liked it better... And if the volcano is the return most of the water must be diverted elsewhere bc its trickling town the volcano
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Im not sure, I would think you can, probably be better off using glass though. Maybe someone else on here can fill us in on the use of plexi. I was just wondering how to fix a leaky tank...do you use clear calk? Im about to buy another 29g for someone off craigslist...and Im not sure if it leaks, and if it does, I want to know how to fix it.
You can use any silicone that is aquarium safe (no chemicals added to stop mold) scrape out the seam in question and reapply new silicone...and yes you can use "pleco glass" that is just a brand of acylic but aqrylic scratches easier although it is lighter and clearer then glass but it will yellow a bit over time and bow if not the proper thickness
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After looking closer at the pictures.. that is an acrylic tank
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After looking closer at the pictures.. that is an acrylic tank
Y would he do a nice tank like that with acrylic
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Y would he do a nice tank like that with acrylic
Imo if done right acrylic looks much nicer..have you ever looked at an acrylic tank..almost 100% clear, if you haven't you'd be shocked how much light loss there is thru your standard glass tank
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Imo if done right acrylic looks much nicer..have you ever looked at an acrylic tank..almost 100% clear, if you haven't you'd be shocked how much light loss there is thru your standard glass tank
I used to clean a 2400 gallon reef for a Toyota dealership acrylic scratches easy glass is just easier to clean imo
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It definately is easier to clean but were talking about a small tank at home not a whopping 2400 gallons lol plus with that setup all your rock is in the middle so less risk of scratching..you can go either way though, all just a personal choice
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