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Old 01-03-2019, 01:38 AM
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After building a setup for my brother and dad I figured I'd start a build of my own. I picked up a 30ish gallon tank at the local thrift store for $11 and decided to do a vertical tank build this time. I've had pretty good luck with using pink insulation foam as well as great stuff to build up the background. From their I carved/plucked out the area with the great stuff foam was to add some depth to the background. I forget who did this technique but I was impressed on how well it worked. Past that did the drylok method over the foam then airbrushed in a darker grey for the background, after that lots of dry brushing to make it look somewhat realistic...I still have lots more to do but so far I'm happy with the results.

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very cool. Hope you aren't planning for dart frogs in there. Way too wet.
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no maybe a newt but kind of a small area...I figure just a small fish or two and some plants on this one.
here are some start to finish photos






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So its been a bit but got some more pictures of the build, finally found my glass bit so I was able to drill the back of the tank so I could route the cord to my computer fan (speed controller) and pump. After that painted the outside 2 walls and moldings black just to hide any imperfections. Later on I think I'm going to do some stencil work on the moldings just for looks. Anyways here are some updated pics.

Before I added more cork/foamed in the background


Think I want to include the wood part in the finial build, no real landmass to it though but I like the idea, maybe just one or two small fish?


Kind of digging the foam texture, cut it at different angles then go at it with some pliers. This part is going to be coco bark vs moss look like how I did the other parts.


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