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Old 10-27-2004, 03:05 AM
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Default 10G vert w/ quickcrete.

This is the tank after the foam cured. I did a little carving/sculpting.

Half of the quickcrete spread on.

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Coco fiber/peat moss mixture pressed onto the quickcrete.


Now that the concrete has hardened, I'll clean up the excess "dirt" and get a pic. Plants should be here tomorrow.
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:31 PM
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Looks great! Keep us updated on the photos when it is planted.

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Old 10-27-2004, 09:46 PM
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What did you make the vent at the top out of? I'm making a 10 vert right now and I like the way yours looks.
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Old 10-28-2004, 03:47 AM
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Get some window screen channel and a pack of screen corners at home depot. Cut everything down to the size you need and silicone onto the tank.
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Just need some glass now for the front.
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It's finished. I think it will suit a trio of imitators.
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Looks great, lets hope the lime wont cause any problems though...
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Looks good and I don't see how the lime would cause any issues as there is no water feature. I think it should work fine.
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IMO there shouldn't be any lime problems. I only added a small amount of quickcrete. I ended up using 4 cups of peat mixture and only 2oz of cement. To me, that seemed to work out the best. The background will be moist but not sopping. On the test piece I used, I soaked it in water for a couple days after it hardened and there was only a slight discoloration from the peat. Of course that's not scientific, and I didn't have the water tested for lime, but I don't really see a problem.

Also, I know guys who make their own rocks for their reef tanks out of crushed coral and portland cement and they have no problems. They do soak the rocks in vinegar for a few days then soak in fresh water, but they are using ALOT of cement.
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Where did you get the black strip to connect the two pieces of glass?

nice tank.

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What kind of bromeliads are those? I want to add that exact species into my vertical 10 imitator tank
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Adam, the black strip is a piece that comes on any aquarium glass top. I used the one from a 10G top, took the glass pieces off and trimed it to fit.

Tim, the very top one is Neoregelia Guinea and the others are Neoregelia lilliputiana x Fireballxeloniiana. All those plants come from Harry at Cloud Jungle. Give him a call, he's an awesome guy! I don't think I'd buy plants anywhere else.
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Jared,
The door and base pieces, are they glass or plexi? I'm thinking of doing the similar thing to my 20 Long.
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They are 3/16" glass.
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