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Hi Guy's,

I have basically completed my first viv, it is a 55 gal. tank. I used GS and attached dried Peat to it with Trubond II.
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I incorporated a drip wall over a mayan face that I made from Styrofoam that was coated with a product called "Durams rock hard water putty" it is a powder that mixes to a paste that dries to a light sort of grout material, it is supposed to be waterproof.

The problem I am having is the water runs slowly down the statue face and into a small pool that I put at the base of the face, it touches the face and the surrounding BG and peat.

It has been running for 2 days and the water has turned a light shade of yellow and also the face were the water is hitting has begun to discolor.
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I have shut down the water pump and can not figure out what is fowling the water, the Trubond or the Duram.

I am attaching pics if anyone can shed some light on this I would greatly appreciate it I would hate to have to fill in the water feature it looks great when running.

Bruce
 

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Try soaking some of each of the products in bowls of water (outside the tank) and see what happens. It's possible it's just the peat discoloring the water.
 

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Thanks everyone for your help!

I figured out what the culprit was, I had used brown silicone to make vines on the statue face and to seal the bottom of the water feature. When I went in to investigate the silicone was mushy and left a residue on my fingers.

I did not want to take a chance on ruining the whole viv so I just removed the water pump and filled in the pool with soil, my viv no longer contains a water feature

Well experience is the best teacher, I will know better next time!!

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Sorry to hear about the difficulties. I'm probably not the guy to spout off ideas (my first viv is in construction.) But I wanted to say that the viv itself looks really nice! Keep up the good work!

-FoxHound
 
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