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DIY Cave system rock wall

Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:23 am

Hello everyone. I have started my background for my aquarium finally. After seeing so many online, I have decided to have a go at it. Looking for any helpful hints to help keep this thing from popping out of the tank. I have carved all of it out of insulation board from lowes. Glued some of it together with silicone I and some with liquid nails power grab. Hoping it wont make a difference. I plan on coating it with plenty of drylok. Of course adding different cement colors to it. And on the last coat I want to add some sand to it here and there for some texture. I will be using silicone, lots and lots of silicone to attach it to the tank. I just hope none of the cave rocks come undone. Any help or ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading. BTW it is going in a 55 Gallon with angels, neons, a common pleco, albino longfin pleco, african butterflys, two corys, and a ghost knife. A lot of fish I know. I will be getting another tank soon so I can put some of these guys in when they get big.
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Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:25 am

Here is a pic of what i got so far.
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Postby quentin8 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:33 am

link doent work.
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Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:39 am

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Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:40 am

Sorry about the first link not working. Im taking pics with my phone. Just had to figure out how to post them on here.
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Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:42 am

I had to make it in different pieces so it would fit in the tank

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I am now working on a third section

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Postby Timcyn7 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:00 am

Thats great!
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Postby 13razorbackfan » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:03 am

Looks very nice!
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Postby JimA » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:10 pm

I like it! Good job.
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Postby Mr.Dempsey » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:20 pm

thats awesome, has a very natural look
Too many fish, to little space.
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Postby chadleegaston » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:40 pm

Thank you! My only fear is that after i have it in the tank and fill it with water, it will come apart.
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Postby DanniGirl » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:33 pm

chadleegaston wrote:Thank you! My only fear is that after i have it in the tank and fill it with water, it will come apart.


Only one way to know...

Looks good so far!
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Postby Steve C » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:44 pm

Looking good so far :thumb:

Is it designed to go all the way to the top of the tank? if it is then that should help to keep it all sandwiched together where you shouldn't have to worry much about it. Only section which may be a little concern would be the arch on the far left maybe. Are you planning on siliconing the foot of the arch to the bottom of the tank, or what's the plans for holding that down?
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Postby The King Crabb » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:09 am

I'm liking the look :thumb: Keep it up :popcorn:
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Postby chadleegaston » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:45 am

I am goind to silicone it wherever it touches the tank.
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