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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:47 pm

26th Dec 2011

I'm picking up some things (render, colours, pond sealer, paint brushes, sponges etc) tomorrow, all going well *L*, to start DIY'ing a custom 2ft tank i now have free

At this stage i am planning to do a full background, which will come part way along the sides as well as the back. I will also be DIYíng some 'rocks' and some retaining walls if it goes as planned lol

Some will be rendered foam some will be siliconed/sanded.

Will update with pics once i get started......just doing out the 2ft first, gotta give it a vinegar treatment so its fully clean and fully dry.
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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:47 pm

27th Dec 2011

So 5 hours later i have this so far

Full wall (rock in front)


Cave


Intake cover


Used so far
1 tube Selley's Glass Silicone Sealent Clear
1 Chrisco foam box + 2 packing foam pieces
Craft mesh from Spotlight
Lighter
Knife
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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:48 pm

28th Dec 2011

1st coat of render on....6 hours work, fiddly lol and i'm fussy





Still wet in pic
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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:49 pm

29th Dec 2011

Coloured render layer - 5.5hous
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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:50 pm

5th Jan 2012

Coloured and 1st coat of sealer - 2 hours (white is sealer not yet dry)


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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:51 pm

6th Jan 2012

Siliconed the background into the tank, just finished rendering the join and edges. Will wait until the render is dry then, clean up the edge & put the final coat of sealer on
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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:52 pm

8th Jan 2012

So i've finished all i can do. Siliconed the free standing "rock" in. I ended up giving it another coat of sealer, so 4 coats all up. Now its gotta sit for 7 days for the sealer to fully cure. Updates once it cured and "fingers crossed" it gets filled for the 1st time!
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Post by Flute on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:07 am

Wow Alasse! It looks amazing! Can't wait to see what it looks like in the tank Very Happy

Do you draw or paint at all? All those different hues work perfectly together.
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Post by Alasse on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:16 am

Thanx Flute Smile

Its, i spose, painted on. Not paint though. Just some oxide and a bit of water.

I'm hanging to get it running lol. Waiting on a canister part, looks like it wont get here til around mid to end of the month, anyway i will run it with an internal, i can test it for a few weeks to make sure the background is fully PH stable
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Post by Star on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:50 pm

That look so fantastic!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Daemon on Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:49 pm

Looks great! I'd love to try this myself one day.

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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:59 am

So i filled the 2ft with the DIY background in it. Learnt some things for next time i make one (will add these at the end) *L* All in all for my 1st go it came up quite well. It did stay where it was meant to....so far. Tank has been emptied again, just finished the 1st coat of black paint on the outside, now gotta wait for it to dry to do a second coat. Once the ssecond coat is on and dry, the tank will be put back in place and substrate put in, then filled and planted. Will be a week or so before goldies go in. But i will be throwing some canaries in (feeders) to make sure all is good. I will be testing daily while the feeders are in there to make sure its safe even for them. I cant run the canister on it until the replacement part arrives and that could be at the end of the month or more. That will give me time to modify the outlet to fit behond the background. So i will put internals to keep the water moving.

Tis a bit exciting now i'm at the business end of the build...pics to come
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Post by Star on Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:07 am

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Post by Alasse on Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:31 am

So horrid pic, tank is definately not clear yet, but gives you an idea of how it looks

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Post by Star on Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Oh wow that looks terrrrriiiifffiiicc!!!!!

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Post by AN7NY on Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:19 pm

Looks great. Well done
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Re: DIY Background

Post by angelfishguy on Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:50 pm

Really amazing Smile

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Re: DIY Background

Post by Alasse on Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:47 am

Hmmmmm woke up this morning to very milky water and the background has a while hue over it. I've removed the water and replaced with new, will see how it goes.

If it continues i will have to empty it and see if i can find some epoxy to seal it will.

If not i will have to try to remove it and start again *sigh*
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Post by Flute on Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:31 pm

Looks absolutely brilliant Very Happy

Keeping my fingers crossed that you wont have to remove it.
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Post by Star on Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:47 pm

Sad I hope the change of water sorts it out.

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Post by Alasse on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:26 pm

So i have decided to leave it be at this stage.

Since the milky water episode the water has cleared considerably. The background colour has changed though. Funny enough i dont really mind the look *L*

So i have tested again today, both the tank and a container of water (same as used in the tank) i stored on top, to make sure the background was inert and not messing with tank stats. I am very pleased to say all stats from both samples are exactly the same.

There is now a feeder fish in there, who is doing great, active and looks wonderful.

Will update as it progresses, what ever that may be

As i is just now (please ignore temp internal filters)
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Re: DIY Background

Post by Alasse on Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:01 am

So we have progressed to fishies

Now calling this home is 2 gold and white ryukin (new one today) and a calico fantail.

Will grab a pic once the new guy is settled
(wasnt ideal, but the ryukin were dirt cheap for the size, and waiting would have seen me having to pay triple what i did)
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Post by Alasse on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:06 pm

FTS


The fantail is quick and i cannot get a clear individual pic of it (need better lighting)

The 2 ryukin

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Post by Star on Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:22 pm

Looks brilliant, and the fish really stand out against the background Smile

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