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Old 04-25-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Replacement background

I pulled this background out (it was damaged in storage and no longer safe to use)


Started the basic foam work for the replacement


Tomorrow i'll pick up some airline and put in place, then the rendering will start
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:51 PM   #2
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I got the airline siliconed in, now i have to wait for the silicone to dry so i can start rendering
I have also done a sample spray of the new sealer on a large rock i made with tunnels in it, i want to be sure it is not going to turn milky under water, isnt meant to. but either was the pond sealer i used on the original background.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:04 AM   #3
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First coat of render on...will get a photo tomorrow, when i can stand tank upright
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:15 AM   #4
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I like the new layout. Is this the done with the concrete/drylok method?
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #5
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I like the new layout. Is this the done with the concrete/drylok method?
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It will end up with 3 coats of acrylic render. The final coat will be coloured, then highlighted, and the entire thing then sealed
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:26 AM   #6
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I'm following quietly along. Liking the build so far
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:47 AM   #7
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So updates finally.
The background under blue LED


Showing part of the side, the tank is still to be painted


Background using the camera flash, the background looks grey but...............


....the actual colour of the background


Background still needs to be highlighted
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:25 AM   #8
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Looks great
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:17 AM   #9
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The test with the rock and the new sealer - resulted in only a slight white haze, but i do not want the black in anyway lightened, so i picked up a different one today that will not haze at all, it is expensive, but it looks like it is what i will need to stick with other than going the very expensive epoxy route

I also bought some more decor for the tank, also picked up some acrylic paints i am going to play with to hopefully get the look i am after. I am still chasing black sand, rare as hens teeth i tell ya!!

But it is getting there, i am excited and cant wait to get it running
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:25 AM   #10
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Sooo tank has now been highlighted and it is currently being sealed and all i will say is it is gonna be different lol

Certainly NOT along my normal tank look
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:19 AM   #11
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Ooooo please show!!

For black sand, doesn't your lfs stock any of the brands out there?
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:21 AM   #12
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I will show one its been sealed Tis laying on its back currently

LFS only stock black quartz sand, and that stuff is horrible! I will only resort to it if i absolutely cannot find anything else
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:02 AM   #13
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:49 AM   #14
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I was going to go nuts like this with mine but opted to keep it as flat as possible. Do you feel deep backgrounds like this that wrap around restrict the room available for the fish?

looks GREAT tho
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No i dont, the background is just like normal decor or plants which also take space
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No i dont, the background is just like normal decor or plants which also take space
can I ask what damaged the original one?
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can I ask what damaged the original one?
It was stored in the garage for a few years, it had things dropped on it, vermin etc,
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Waiting for the unveiling!
If different from others means better then I honestly can't even imagine!
You always do such great builds!
The pic is a tease!
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The tank is filled and running, once it settles and i am happy with test results, the stock will go in and pics taken
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Finished the background, tank is now up and running. I will eventually epoxy the BG, but for now the sealer that is on it will do



The tank under standard T8





The tank under marine LEDs

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