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Old 04-13-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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Sand Fall

Hello everyone! So I'm making plans for my empty 29 g tank. I was think a Asian themed serenity tank. Nice and peaceful (and the inhabitants as well &#128523. I want to make the tank as calming, visually enjoying, and nice as possible. I was thinking about making an under water waterfall, or also know as a "sand waterfall". I was wondering if anyone here would possibly have any experience? I have a few questions concerning PVC dimensions, sand type, ect. If any one does have experience please let me know and I'll begin to ask away .

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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Guess not. I am pursuing it anyways, so I'll be sure to keep everyone posted its a real cool project from what I've seen online. Click image for larger version

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This is the first thing I had to do. Fit the pvc pipe to the tank perfectly and making a little shaft for sand to enter. This project will probably take around a week, maybe two because of a busy schedule and my work cut out. Also along with the sand fall I need to make a 3d background. Other wise it would be a one hour project.


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Old 04-13-2015, 10:10 PM   #3
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One of my friends has a sand fall in his 55 gal
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:11 PM   #4
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I know a little bit about the (the guy is always bragging about the sandfall)
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:47 PM   #5
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That's great. Do you know what sand he uses? And air pump?


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Old 04-14-2015, 08:56 AM   #6
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there are some DIYs online. Im making one in my 55.
Il follow this but this is the DIY Im using and going to fiddle with the design myself as well.

Underwater Waterfall, for Cheap!
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:44 PM   #7
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Was thinking of doing one of these in my tank when I upgrade. Gonna follow along and see how it turns out
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:37 PM   #8
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Hey everyone sorry it's been a while. So I finally had a day set aside to do some work. Here are some pics of today's progress so far Click image for larger version

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I'll probably have it finished with my girlfriend and mom and I carving by today so I will post more pics


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Old 04-19-2015, 06:45 PM   #9
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Done with the sculpting Click image for larger version

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Old 04-19-2015, 06:46 PM   #10
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #12
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Me and my girlfriend managed to get the last two layers of cement done today. Luckily I bought cement that dries in 15 minutes! Done with all that. Now on to the next step. Painting. An interesting point about the paint I use has been Raised. I really hope someone can help me. Has anyone used paint in the aquarium? I need aquarium safe and durable paint that will last more then just a year. Anyone please??


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you should look in to quickrete cement dyes, they mix in with the cement and are safe for your tank as far as i know. i made a 3d background with my sandfall that i am still tweaking and used the dyes, i should have fish in there within the next week.

The dyes can be purchased at home depot/lowes for around $5
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Thanks. Forget to mention, I'm just going to bring it into my dads body shop Monday. He's going to spray it down in two-part epoxy which will make it instantly safe. Thanks for the recommendation though, will post pics of my paint job later. Mind posting a pic of your backround ?


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Looking good. I am planning on making a sand waterfall for my 55 gallon and my cichlid tank.
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This sounds cool. I've seen a few videos of sand falls but that's all. It looks especially good when there are plants below the sand IMO.

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the last material I need is one millimeter sand and then I can start making the sand fall.
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Looks great! Wish I had the space for one. It's going to look awesome! What fish are in the aquarium?
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Looks great! Wish I had the space for one. It's going to look awesome! What fish are in the aquarium?
You could probably fit one in the 16 gallon. Here is a link that might help: http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=y-NxXxdRFog
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And that's the paint job. Getting it aquarium safe tomorrow, then on Tuesday will be setting it in the tank with silicon. Then waiting 48 hours for both the epoxy and silicon to fully cure. Starting cycling by putting my filter on a tank I am currently running so should spead up the process😄


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