Step 15: Final fill and add your stuff!

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After letting mine sit for a couple of weeks I felt confident to start cycling the tank.  I added my sand, started my filters and started a fishless cycle.  Its way easier on the fish to do a fishless cycle.  I also will be building a canopy to hide the lights and filters, maybe another instructible...
juicepig214 years ago
I am VERY impressed man! I tried to do this with those white grates that cover fluorescent lights and triple-expanding foam.. It was horrible to work with and failed miserably. I really wish I had gone this direction with it. It would have been stronger and (if I was lucky) could have turned out as nice as this one. I would like to see a pic of the populated tank after a little algae growth and such. It must look great.
ihsanadipra4 years ago
i hope can make like this
makaay4 years ago
It's beautiful
Galt4 years ago
Beauty. I haven't tried it yet but there's a product called spread stone or spread rock that is made out of some kind of acrylic that I was thinking of trying this with. It remains flexible after the cure and can be tinted and all of that, plus you can change the texture from sandy to a kind of almost stucco coarseness...but it's pretty expensive. The company that makes it is called Daich (sp?) and they also make a waterproof primer that seems like it would also help with this and home made tank builds, (the sales rep paints a cardboard box with it at home shows and fills the box with water for the duration and just lets it sit there - very persuasive).

If someones isn't as artistically inclined they can use a CNC to carve a design out of a solid built up block also. I would be really worried about the cement mix leeching though Sounds like you've got plenty of anecdotal evidence to work from so I guess I'm worrying about nothing but I've killed more fish with pH bounce than anything else I've ever screwed up.

I have a friend who sells a commercial version of what you built and they look as good but a background like yours for a 4' 75gal. sells for about $200. Something tells me you ncame up with a significantly less expensive way to create the same effective result. Excellent job. Nice Instructable too.
mike854 years ago
Wow, it really looks nice!

Do you think that's possible to create some bigger "rocks" on the wall with cavities to hold some plants. In the case of these big rocks, can the foam break because it want to float? is it a possibility to put some weight between the glued layers to reduce pressure under water? Or perhaps a plastic nail could help, something like that http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRRLhXKYTXT-GelVfik0zfKyEmxa1kM-goXNfEnzUW39IVCt-c&t=1&usg=__GCuYN8nRmNAYoJATt-qD7oQQJgc=

I think it could look like even better (could it?) with 2 or 3 plants on it.
nicing4 years ago
Great work and great instructable
Look forward to trying this myself
Absolutely amazing. I had been considering doing something like this for an in-wall aquarium I'm looking at, but all the instructionals I found on the net involved gluing a couple of sheets together (for extra thickness) and then carving them.
Your method lets me keep the overall thickness down to a minimum while letting me have pieces of all sizes jut out. Awesome!
evaluna4 years ago
Wow, It's beautiful. Thanks for the great tips and the time you put into this
szklanki4 years ago
really looks nice