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  1. For 8 or 9 months, I have had a 35cube in my garage that I got in a 50% off sale at Petco. This was always intended to replace my 10g community tank that is in the living room of our house. Well, for some reason, while sitting here in my home office working, I got the inclination to wheel it outside and fill it to do a water test. It's only 104 outside, sounds like as good as a time as any! Question: Can I add an additional layer of silicone over the factory silicone as reinforcement or is that pointless? I really don't want to take it apart and re-do it because I have NO idea what I am doing in that sense. The plan is heavily planted with a pretty thick, multi layer, substrate. I have 16lbs or so of Fluval Stratum. I am going to put rock/pebbles underneath. a large amount of area will get taken up by a 3d printed cave structure (9"x7"x4"). I need most of the tanks substrate to be almost 4" tall (which is ok because this is, I think, 21" tall). For filtration, I am going to use an AC Medium Sponge filter (the newer ones with the spout thing). I 3d printed a 4" stand for it, too, so that the 4" under it don't need substrate. I think i'll put my current Aqueon HOB filter (from the 10g) on there too to add some additional filtration (and to transfer over some of the healthy bacteria). Also going to de-snail my existing plants as well as add a bunch more. I have a pretty large wood piece to put in as a centerpiece as well. I picked up a Lominie 30w Freshwater LED light. This is going to be a longer project because I am INCREDIBLY lazy. Any input, advice, etc would be great.
  2. I've gotten mixed results from my internet research, and some people say certain brands are safe while other brands are not. I'd like to do a 3d background with spray foam on my new ten gallon tank but I obviously do not want it to poison fish ... is spray foam safe? If so, which brand works best? Thanks for the help!!!
  3. Well well well, I'm back with another Blackwater Tank! I recently had the flooring in my house replaced so all of my tanks except my Non-Photosynthetic Reef Tank (since it's in a spot that didn't need to get replaced) had to be taken down. Now that it's all set, I can start rebuilding. Since I still have 1 year left before I go to Uni, I want to try and go all out with the displays I'll be creating. If you've seen the other two blackwater tank threads I've made on the forum, you might recognize this tank. This one used to be an Asian Blackwater Tank with Emerald Eye Rasboras and Green Line Licorice Gouramis. Instead this time, I want to do a more South American centric Blackwater Tank. It's not a true biotope since the Plants and Botanicals mostly aren't from the Amazon or South America in general, but the fish will be. Now let's talk about the specs: Equipment / Scape Tank: UNS 60U (20 Gallons) [24 x 14 x 14] Lighting: JCP (though I'll probably switch to Twinstar soon) Substrate: Pool Filter Sand Hardscape: Manzinita Wood & Melatsoma Root Filter and Heating: Aquarium Co-op Sponge Filter + Aquarium Co-op 100W Heater Plants / Botanicals Cryptocoryne Wendetii 'Green' Java Moss Bael Tree Pods Jacaranda Pods Palm Pots Sappan Wood Catappa Leaves Jackfruit Leaves Fish TBD but I do have a couple ideas in my mind. Pygmy Cories will definitely be in here though, I can confirm that😎 I'm currently still setting the tank up since I ran out of sand and the rest will be coming this weekend. But the final hardscape is setup, all the botancials are already here, and once the sand comes, it'll all come together. I hope everyone enjoys this one. It's looking good so far. Some early progress pics
  4. Has anyone ever done an acrylic build? Any tips? Any suggestions? I have no experience gluing them but think my build plan will probably work well (until it doesnt) I will practice a bit on thinner material to make a "puffer fry box" on a smaller scale to get the technique down a bit before going for it on the tank material order. The current plan is to have cast cell 3/8" acrylic cut to my exact dimensions and build basically a "43 breeder" tank (or a few) that are 38x23x12 black bottom back and sides clear front panel. Not cheap but a decent upgrade to my rack systems. Acrylic is just easier to move and work with weight wise vs glass for me as a bit of a broken vet. A side benefit is it would not bust a seam since there are no seams to burst in a rare worst case event. The draft draft idea. My top would be 1/4" double wall polycarbonate panels cut to need . Not pictured are acrylic bracing somewhere along the top likely 3" strips at center and both ends (Height shortened to 12" tall since I powerpoint'd this idea) Any response most appreciated
  5. I've been looking online for different calculators/ recommendations and I'm not having much luck. I want to build an octagon fish tank and put it in a table I'm also gonna build but have no clue the thickness of the acrylic I should use. Its going to be 5ft across, and each of the 8 panels are going to be 24" long by 12" tall which would make it about a 142 gallon tank. would anyone be able to either recommend a calculator, formula, or thickness to use?
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