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lol thanks need to think outside the box. I been trying to get some ideas etc on places like the Barr report but most them heavily into aquascaping seem cliquish and dont like to share and stuck on certain ideas. I like to think in new ways and try to create a new genre that us normal folk might like something like landscape based aquascapes which can includee little sunken towns or like one guy just did using mine for inspiration made a little hill and just put a little picket fence in and it really made the scape. if he didnt add the fence it would have looked plain

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I told him a little doghouse look cool but one guy says a couple old tombstones and I agree a couple old tombstones would look awesome

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well it will be a whiler and I will do a sep thread for that build and document it all like did here. right now I am doing some testing with these rock molds i got from the model train place. I poured ceramics clay in and waiting for it to dry out then see if it comes out mold nice then fire it . if things work out the way I think they will (after some experimentation) I will start selling these ceramic rock ledges etc and ppl can paint to suit their needs will save them tons over the chain store prices plus be customizable

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Ok I have my Micranthemum sp "Monte Carlo", planted and my Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) dwarf baby tears done and my Utricularia Graminifolia around my tree. oh and my Bylxa Jap planted at end of wall And I can finally call the tank Completed. well other than fish and shrimps and that but all scaping is finished and just waiting for it to fill in and to get it stable so I can add livestock








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How will you vacuum the mulm out? I have such trouble getting all of it out of the tank. I have white sand with some plants and decorations. Seems like I always have to lift the decorations because there is so much mulm under them.{hollow with openings} Seems like if I don't vacuum the sand deep, it turns black and stinks. Only have 2 to 2 1/2 inches of sand.

Can you share how you built the rock wall? It's so neat, I think I would like to try to do it in my 55g after we move next year.

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well this isnt sand it is Medium grit Black Sandblasting Media and doesnt seem to get smelly like when I used pool filter sand. Also I wont be vaccuuming I will have plenty of amano shrimps etc which will keep the bottom clean. and possible reason for buildup on your could be as I found on mine before was over feeding it caused lot of buildup on the bottom

as for the stone wall its pretty basic. I had an old poster frame and took the clear acetate and cut a strip the length and height I wanted the wall. I then got a bag of river rock from walmart abt $3.50 for 50 lb bag. washed the rocks really good and layed them out on a card table to dry good.

then I just used 100% silicone and picked through the rocks siliconing them to the acetate. next I got a free 5 ml syringe from walgreens and filled it with silicone. I also got a bag of crushed stone from craft store which is abt the size of sand grains. I didnt use sand because the sand will absorb the silicone giving a weird look and the stone doesnt. then taking the syringe i ran tiny beads of silicone between the rocks and some to fill the gaps between the rocks and once silicone was there poured and pressed the crush stone onto the silicone beads which hides the gaps and silicone and looks like a type of mortar.

I then took some 4" plastic "C" channel and cut it into 1 1/2" wide pieces. I then siliconed these along the backside of the wall where the bottom foot was abt 2 1/2" below the wall. this allowed for substrate depth and also the substrate would hold the wall in place. the wall can be curved how you want when placing as long as they are slow curves so you arent popping rocks out of the silicone. as you curve it you can hear and tell if its getting too much.


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also if you want the wall longer you can always silicone another strip to the first strip overlapping it abt 2"

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Just reading thru the thread.


YES....do the tombstones. That would look great.
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Love the pictures! Did you make or buy the stone fence? If you made it, how did you do it?
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absolutely awsome, love it
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I know it may be too late, but if i may suggest, you should do a blue-grey frosted plastic background and shine an LED bulb near the bottom to get a sunrise effect. or even an orange-like colored plastic for a sunset. i think both of those would look awesome with your scape
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well this isnt sand it is Medium grit Black Sandblasting Media and doesnt seem to get smelly like when I used pool filter sand. Also I wont be vaccuuming I will have plenty of amano shrimps etc which will keep the bottom clean. and possible reason for buildup on your could be as I found on mine before was over feeding it caused lot of buildup on the bottom

as for the stone wall its pretty basic. I had an old poster frame and took the clear acetate and cut a strip the length and height I wanted the wall. I then got a bag of river rock from walmart abt $3.50 for 50 lb bag. washed the rocks really good and layed them out on a card table to dry good.

then I just used 100% silicone and picked through the rocks siliconing them to the acetate. next I got a free 5 ml syringe from walgreens and filled it with silicone. I also got a bag of crushed stone from craft store which is abt the size of sand grains. I didnt use sand because the sand will absorb the silicone giving a weird look and the stone doesnt. then taking the syringe i ran tiny beads of silicone between the rocks and some to fill the gaps between the rocks and once silicone was there poured and pressed the crush stone onto the silicone beads which hides the gaps and silicone and looks like a type of mortar.

I then took some 4" plastic "C" channel and cut it into 1 1/2" wide pieces. I then siliconed these along the backside of the wall where the bottom foot was abt 2 1/2" below the wall. this allowed for substrate depth and also the substrate would hold the wall in place. the wall can be curved how you want when placing as long as they are slow curves so you arent popping rocks out of the silicone. as you curve it you can hear and tell if its getting too much.
Sorry for asking how to do this after you posted, it never showed up when I was reading before.

Can you use any 100% silicone (Windows, Doors, and Siding), or does it have to be aquarium silicone? I'll spend the extra money on the aquarium stuff, but if it's all the same thing...
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100% silicon works. Just make sure there are no anti mold additives or anything else in there.

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Wow! What a beautiful setup! How is it looking as it grows in?

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Ok I have my Micranthemum sp "Monte Carlo", planted and my Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) dwarf baby tears done and my Utricularia Graminifolia around my tree. oh and my Bylxa Jap planted at end of wall And I can finally call the tank Completed. well other than fish and shrimps and that but all scaping is finished and just waiting for it to fill in and to get it stable so I can add livestock








It looks as if you could possibly make a few plants images for our list, do it, please

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Really neat tank. Love the wall and tire swing....actually love it all.
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Re: My New 40B Planted

neat!

70 gallon- Betta Enisae pair, betta Ocellata pair, female Betta Pugnax

29 Gallon- Betta Pallifina and Betta Patoti

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