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Old 03/07/2003, 04:13 PM   #26
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nice tank. i also would like to hear more about your background. a name brand of the insulation that you used would be great. thanks.


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Old 03/07/2003, 09:19 PM   #27
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In regards to the foam design, here is a site some of you may be interested in: http://www.biotopia.nl/ne/frames.html It's based out of the Netherlands as well so I can't understand a lick of it (maybe Tanu could translate a bit of it?)

Anyway, cruise around the site and check out some of the tanks--INCREDIBLE when it's done right. I have yet to hear of anything deteriorating, but I'm not sure if SW would have a different reaction with the foam.


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Old 03/08/2003, 06:47 AM   #28
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I also received an email on this topic, which I'll answer here, so the replies can be read by everyone interested.

Spray foam indeed. After the foam has hardened, the tank is rinsed thouroughly 3 times: fresh water, fresh water with table salt, fresh water again. Hereafter, no problem.

Some people also seal the foam with epoxy. It is just ordinary 'hardware store' foam. I didn't really incorporate powerheads in the foam, but I have one pump chamber. In there are two pumps: one Tunze Turbelle and one no-name pump to achieve (with the help of pvc tubing) a bottom dwelling current.

The sand used on the surface was just 'ordinary' crushed coral.

These backdrops are created the easiest, when one applies the foam, rocks, sand and so on, when the acrylic sheets aren't glued in place yet. Better have the sheets lying on a table or so. When everything has hardened out, you glue the sheets in place and 'bond' them with a little extra foam.

About the translation: which part do you want to have translated? It is the website of a LFS (no saltwater unfortunately!), with some pics of really cool aquascaped tanks, but I'm affraid they don't explain their techniques on this site.

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Old 03/08/2003, 09:43 AM   #29
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Tanu,is this sarcophyton really blue or camera screw something.Sarcophyton belong to member Andrew



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Old 03/08/2003, 12:42 PM   #30
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I've seen that Sarco myself, it is just 'normal', but Andrew (16 year old schoolboy with quite some knowledge! cool!) uses 14.000 K Hqi, and he didn't know how to adjust the whitebalance...

So, it is a 'normal' Sarcophyton

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Old 03/08/2003, 12:51 PM   #31
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WOW such a beautifull reef he have and only 16 year,excelent.
One more question if you dont mind.
This 14 000 K bulb,is that new aqua connect bulb?Do you have some opinion about this bulb,good or bad?
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Old 03/08/2003, 01:05 PM   #32
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Indeed it is the 'new' (available for more than a year now) Aqua Connect bulb. Personally, I think everything looks too blue under it, so colors won't come out very clearly. He started reefkeeping about 2 years ago, and is quite serious!

In my observations, growth rate is also a little lower then under 10.000 K bulbs. When changing bulbs, Andrew switched back to Aqualine Buschke 10.000 K bulbs again.

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Old 03/27/2003, 12:49 PM   #33
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Yesterday I added a Regal Angel (Red Sea). I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one from another reefer, who didn't want the angel anymore The regal has been in captivity for more than a year and looks very healthy!

It is somewhat visible on the right in the pic above...


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Old 03/27/2003, 01:10 PM   #34
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Old 07/04/2003, 05:45 AM   #35
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Nice.

Do you have any troule keeping everything in place? Do you have any trouble with things falling over?


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Old 07/04/2003, 06:27 AM   #36
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Now theres something to aim for when making a beautiful tank!

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Old 07/04/2003, 06:54 AM   #37
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Awesome tank!


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Old 07/04/2003, 09:43 AM   #38
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looking good man!

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Old 07/04/2003, 09:50 AM   #39
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Thumbs up Awesome Tanu!

Very nice setup indeed! Im curious about the Opti White glass, I have built a few glass tanks myself and remember the option being around for a while to get OptiWhite but it was a new thing over here in the states and I think its no longer manufactured atleast in the US?!?! Im curious if you have seen Starfire glass what your opinion to the comparison of Starfire versus Optiwhite...from what I have seen you are the first tank I have seen using Optiwhite glass...Yes? No?


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Old 07/04/2003, 10:46 AM   #40
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hows that majestic angel doing in the reef? any problems with LPS?

BTW Nice Tank!
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Old 08/05/2003, 05:38 PM   #41
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The Dow "Great Stuff" works great for this. Any hardware store will have it.
I used about a case of it to secure a filter bed under a 2000g exhibit. The took the tank down 2 years later and are still cursing me. They had to GRIND it out.
I like aragocrete for this too.
Both are reefsafe when cured.


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Old 08/05/2003, 07:16 PM   #42
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H20ENG -

What type of curing process do you use to make the foam reef safe?


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Old 08/05/2003, 07:27 PM   #43
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Basically just let it dry well. It is usually thoroughly dry the next day, but give it a few to be sure. As mentioned above (I think, I just read 2 or 3 threads on the subject), you could cure it for a few days in freshwater, then saltwater, etc.
Anytime I've used it, it was a couple of days dry, then fillerup.
The aragocrete needs to be cured for several weeks in freshwater to neutralize the high pH. Do a waterchange every couple of days, til it no longer rises above 8ish.
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Old 08/05/2003, 08:01 PM   #44
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in regards to the foam background, there is another european manufacturer of a very similar background - I came across their site when I kept cichlid tanks. If I can find the URL, I will post it. To my knowledge, they did not make anything other than backgrounds for freshwater biotopes - but the detail of these things is mindblowing.

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Old 08/05/2003, 08:08 PM   #45
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Great tank.

Does regluing that glass bother you??? I think that would always be in the back of my mind.


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Old 08/05/2003, 08:52 PM   #46
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in regards to the foam background, there is another european manufacturer of a very similar background - I came across their site when I kept cichlid tanks. If I can find the URL, I will post it. To my knowledge, they did not make anything other than backgrounds for freshwater biotopes - but the detail of these things is mindblowing.

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That would be Back-to-Nature. They're like $300 for a 48" section.


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Old 08/05/2003, 10:12 PM   #47
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That would be Back-to-Nature. They're like $300 for a 48" section.
gev, thank you. i couldnt remember the name of them as it had been quite some time since i looked for them. yes, quite expensive.

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Old 08/08/2003, 08:11 PM   #48
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Thanks for the reply Chris. I may give the foam a try in the new aquarium I'm planning.

I do have one other question for you. Can the foam be painted? I would like to use a UV resistant paint, especially on the areas exposed to direct lighting (at least those areas not covered by embedded sand, gravel, rock etc. )

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Old 08/11/2003, 02:55 PM   #49
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Paint will work fine, or a thin paste of cement and sand would be even better. Sort of an aragocrete "paint".
This is how they put some artificial coralline on fake rockwork at public aquariums.
I would paint it or cover it somehow.


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Old 10/24/2003, 01:06 AM   #50
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cool

Gorgeous work!


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