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Talk about a building project!

Can people use the pieces of wood used in aquariums for fish? I dont know what they are made of(Plastic? Porcelain? idk, but I saw a large trunk in the fish section of Petsmart and looks almost identical. Those things are heavy though.
 
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defaced Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:02 pm Post subject:

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Can people use the pieces of wood used in aquariums for fish?
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Thanks, I'll keep my eyes peeled for some nice pieces!
 

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Just thought I'd share my latest fake tree trunk project...
Materials: plastic tubing, hot glue, polyurethane foam, tile grout, acrylic copolymere.

Basic structure:


Finished product:



I'm still no photographer... exsqueeze me.
 

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wow, those are pretty cool. i don't have the patience to make them though, so if i ever do a big viv....
 

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Heh, truly. I did it around christmas last winter. To pass time during the holidays...

I'm not sure how many hours it took, but ten could be a good estimate. I tried some new approaches, most importantly I did the surface coating with ground bark mixed in with grout.
I also tried a new way of strengthening the outcome by laying in some thin rope, dipped in grout and then put onto the roots. It seems to work really good.
There is also a network of metal wire in the foam...

A lot of fun, yes. A way to stay sane, actually. Well, sorta.
 

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Hi HX,

I like how your roots and rocks turned out, very artistically done.

Have you placed that piece in a tank yet? If so, I would enjoy seeing some shots. I can imagine it looks all the more stunning with plants and good lighting.

Thanks,
Mike
 

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OMG HX! That root system over rock wall is just completely SICK!!! You wouldn't mind telling us awe-stricken hobbyists a little more about how you made those roots would you? :)

Ross.
 

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I am still trying to wrap my brain around how fantastic these are. HX you are an amazing artist and an inspiration!!
 

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OMG HX! That root system over rock wall is just completely SICK!!! You wouldn't mind telling us awe-stricken hobbyists a little more about how you made those roots would you? :)

Ross.
Thank you and thanks everyone for the kind words. The thing has not yet found a suitable terrarium. But it will.

As to how the bit is made, it's really pretty much explained in the fake rock -thread.

But for kicks, I'll try and explain it here. No photos, sorry. Just a list of steps I took.

For starters I had the rock-piece all done and wanted to try if I can make anything resembling (or faking it well enough) rooting of a tree or a bush or whatever.

1. I covered the rock with plastic film.
2. I made a rough network of basic structure of the rooting with a 1.5 mm stainless steel wire. There's some wire in every bit of the final rooting.
3. Sprayed the wiring with polyurethane foam. The first photo is of this step.
4. I shaped the foam after it had thoroughly hardened. A photo, also.
5. I took some 15 meters of string or thin rope, used for tiling to separate the tiles. Cut that to about 1 meter bits. Then I sunk them into a mixture of grout, water and - yes, you guessed it- acrylic polymere.
6. I took the strings and layed them on the "roots", lengthwise and irregularly. The reason for this step was really to strengthen the whole structure and while doing that, to get nice shapes that sorta resemble structure of worn out wood...
7.-9. Layers of grout (+polymere), brushed in with a paint brush. The color I used was a tone of gray. Middleish.
10. Final layer with a mixture of 1 part grout (gray made brownish with a dash of red grout), 1 part finely ground ReptiBark and again, a splash of polymere and water to get a nice, brushable mixture. Then some brushing with just water to get the proud parts to get some grayish tone to come up...

Gotta say I was surprised with the result myself.

Again, thanks for the upping words. I hope this helps and that someone is inspired.


And, an answer to someone's obvious question "why not use real wood instead of going through all this trouble?"

-'cause the mountain's there.

Thanks for looking and 'appy trails.
 
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