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Thought I would start with the background.

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Highway, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Highway

    Highway New Member

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    Nelson Bay, Australia
    Starting out with a pre-loved 4 foot tank and wood cabinet with hood.
    Wanting to have a nice background for my tropical fresh water tank I decided to try a DIY styrofoam background and also hiding all the extra bits in this background.
    Purchased the styrofoam sheets on Ebay in 1 inch thick 16 x 16 inch sheets. this aloud me to cut the cavity's needed before sticking the sheets together (sandwich like) and shaping.
    The background had to be made in three sections for fitting, after of course, cement rendering the styrofoam.
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    First problem was heating so a cavity was needed large enough to allow water to flow past a heater.
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    I'm using a Ehiem 440 lph external filter and am using this as the heater pump as well.
    More holes made at the end of the outlet pipe so most of the flow comes from the bottom
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    So a hole to stick the inlet pipe was cut, and the outlet pipe runs into the heater cavity.
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    From top.
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    Air hose cavity's were also made, (thinking ahead) for the air bubble tube placed under the gravel.
    An outlet hole was also cutout of this cavity on the front with a plastic net to stop them pesky fish getting in.
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    Then an inlet hole was made.
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    Whole panel.
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    Next was a Aleas 1000 lph external filter, and I was reading that a reverse under-gravel filter works well in keeping the gravel clean and limits the need for vacuuming. So an inlet hole was cut and a net put in place,
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    and then a cavity for the outlet pipe was made and directed to piping placed under the gravel. This pipe can be removed (as can all of them) after foam is attached to tank, but the bottom pipes are stuck down.
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    Now the hard one. I wanted a sand fall, an underwater waterfall so to speak. I purchased an under-gravel filter and discarded all but the uplift tube.
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    Tube stuck in foam.
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    Top fitted, (air hose and stone not yet fitted.)
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    Then made a cavity that had a large catcher at the bottom of the tube.
    From top. (net to be fitted still)

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    From front.
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    And an outlet two thirds up the background
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    And the bubbles can escape at the top of the background.
    Whole panel.
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    Middle panel, (a bit boring)
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    All together with second coat of cement.
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    Then I made a rock to take attention away from the sand inlet, (thought it a bit obvious)
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    And another to take attention away from the joins.
    Blue LED's are fitted to the bottom lip of the growlight flouro. (just for pretty effect)
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    Made a video of the next steps.
    Click on link;
    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
    And it's comming along.
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    And with Led Lighting, some red to the back and blue to the front.
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    Love to hear your thoughts. Be gentle. [-o<
     
  2. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Pretty cool, he? :) nice walk trough.
     
  3. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    very cool, i'm not that handy.
     
  4. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Great work, I am a fan of the sand waterfalls, they always look great ;)
     
  5. Highway

    Highway New Member

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    I find they have the same mesmerizing effect as an open fire.
    I just watch it for hours.
    Guests are drawn to it and the fish and plants seem to take a back seat.
     

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