OK so last night I typed this whole think picture and all and my computer crashed as I was pushing the post button! Uggh! So here I go again.
About a year ago i found a hex tank in someone garbage! Stand and all! It has one small leak so i fixed it
I have finaly decided to make it a viv.
I started by cleaning it out with water and very little bleach. I hate bleach but since I don't know what was in the tank before I'd rather kill and germs and bacteria before putting my frogs in.
I made the false bottom high enough for a good amount of water on the bottom so I could put a pump in.
I decided that I wanted to make the background outside of the tank casue it just seemed so much easier! So I cut egg crate to fit. I decided to leave a gap in the back for water and pump access.
I posted to ask about building a background outside of the tank and someone told me to try doing it on pink foam (used for insulating things). I had blue foam in my garage which is the same thing.
I used toothpicks broke in half to hold the foan at the right angles to fit the tank snug.
After i decided to place the wood i wanted to use and take lots of pics when I found the perfect placement. I decided that I didnt want to GS any of the wood into the background. Instead I wanted a big wood center piece.
I marked everywhere I want to make the GS really thin or put none at all so that my drift wood would fit back in the tank how I wanted it.
I took everything out about GSed the seams. let it dry so it would hold the angles. Then I GSed the whole background a few house later. Let it fully cure then did the concrete binder method.
I let the paste mix on the background harden for a few hours then put the wood in. It was going to be pushing on the background pretty hard so I wanted the paste to mush aroud it instead of crack after it had fully hardend.
The who process has been slowly been done over the past week and a half and so far heres where I'm at.
The whole wood mess in the middle will also have water running down it from the top corner into the front where there will be a small pond.
Sorry for it being so long, I love when people post their steps. It's helped me a lot so I figured I'd do it too!
Sorry for the spelling!