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matty26
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Joined: 18 Nov 2010
Location: Holland, MI

PostPosted: 2010.12.15(Wed)16:00    Post subject: 55 Gallon Journal Amazon Reply with quote

So I got a 55 gallon complete setup over the weekend for $150. I'm in the process of making a DIY background right now so I'm gonna post those pics. I'm going to be making it sort of an amazon fish biotope, not so much with the plants. I'm going to use a sand substrate but I might use some gravel as well
[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDEuanBn.jpg?t=1292450353[/img]

These are all the pieces that I've cut out and melted.


[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDIuanBn.jpg?t=1292450384[/img]
the mess still after I cleaned up most of it
there are Styrofoam tracks all around the basement as well Smile
[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDAuanBn.jpg?t=1292450322[/img]
the basic outline I put together of what my tree stump deal will look like.

I started painting them today but forgot to take pictures so tomorow I'll have some more pics for ya
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Caton
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Location: Washington State, USA

PostPosted: 2010.12.15(Wed)16:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good! I can't wait to see how this is going to turn out.
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matty26
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PostPosted: 2010.12.15(Wed)16:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what color I want to paint the background yet tho.
I was thinkking a darkish grey color for the rock background and a lightish brown color for the stump. the stump will be a little to the right of the center of the tank. Any ideas?
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KhiaraFish
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PostPosted: 2010.12.15(Wed)20:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds nice, I might do something like this next summer. I think I will closely follow this thread.
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matty26
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PostPosted: 2010.12.16(Thu)19:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pictures for you Smile
I've got my whole trunk setup done and will be painting it tomorow
Did the 2nd layer of paint for the rocks today
Tomorrow will be the last coat for the rocks and the 1st coat for the trunk
Also, I just ordered some amazon sword, water sprite, and java moss.
[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDUuanBn.jpg?t=1292550456[/img]
the rocks with 2nd coat, still freshly painted

[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDQuanBn.jpg?t=1292550576[/img]
Stumpity trunkity

[img]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x366/matty526/utf-8BSU1HMDAzMDYuanBn.jpg?t=1292550576[/img]
Trunk on the right side of the tank. It takes up almost half the tank!
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59FIFTY
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PostPosted: 2010.12.16(Thu)21:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about anyone else but thises are not clickable link on my computer...
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PostPosted: 2010.12.17(Fri)10:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

59FIFTY wrote:
I don't know about anyone else but thises are not clickable link on my computer...


No they are not, but they are copy and paste..
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matty26
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PostPosted: 2010.12.19(Sun)11:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I have decided to not put my stump idea in. It took up way too much room. I did my last coat of paint today on the rocks and it's going to be a brownish color for the background. Tomorrow I'll be able to set everything up and start the cycling Smile
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matty26
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PostPosted: 2010.12.21(Tue)12:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the tank cycling now. The marineland penguin 350 is making a ton of noise. Is this normal? or is there something wrong with it?
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2010.12.21(Tue)13:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not use HOB's but I had heard in other places that the penguin 350 tend to do this. There is a mod out there somewhere on how to quieten (sp) it.
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