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#1 steeldrifter

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:15 AM

About a month ago I started working on another aquarium project. This one is another big tank, 6ft long 125g. Once it is done it will have a 6ft 3d background like I make in it and will be home to my big group of 1 foot long frontosa.

 

Did a lot of work over the past month with moving a lot of stuff and tearing down some wall/shelves to get it fit into the wall, rebuilt the stand so that it would hold a 2nd 4ft long 75g tank below it as well as lots of other work to make it look nice.

 

here's some progression pics of the work over the past month...

 

Jan 21st-

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Jan 21st later that day-

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Jan 22nd-

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Jan 23rd-

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Jan 25th-

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Jan 26th-

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Jan 27th-

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Feb 8th-

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#2 Goduster

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 03:27 AM

Keep going, the next one is gonna have to go on the wrapping table


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#3 John T.

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 12:22 PM

Looking forward to the end result. 


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#4 steeldrifter

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 07:36 PM

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Finally got caught up enough with customer work that I have time this week to get back on my own tank. Was able to get the background laid out and roughed in today. Now onto the carving stage next. Hopefully will have this tank up and running with in the next two weeks is the plan.


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 03:15 AM

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Sleep is overrated ;) burned the midnight oil and spent the past 7 hrs carving away on this. Actually got all the carving done now tonight. Will be dryloking and painting in the morning so way ahead of schedule now. I really wanted this background to have some impact so I did some pretty massive rocks in some area that are as much as 5" thick so it is really going to have a lot of depth/3D look to it. I'm very pleased with how this one is looking.


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#6 Goduster

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:12 AM

Thats gonna be the best one yet


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#7 steeldrifter

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 10:37 PM

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Moving along really well now. Have all the painting and shading done so all that's left on the background is to seal it tomorrow and then it will be ready to install permanently into the tank.


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Posted 04 March 2016 - 11:46 AM

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All sealed with Pond Armor and silicon'd into place in the tank and curing. Probably go pick up the sand today. Originally planned on black sand but think I have changed my mind and will be going with a tan color sand. I think that will look good with the background color and really bring out the colors of the Frontosa.


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Posted 04 March 2016 - 02:18 PM

Steve,

 

The last photo (the photo from today) really shows the shading better than previous pics.

That's really very nice. You have upped your game.

 

Can't wait to see the completed tank.



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Posted 04 March 2016 - 06:27 PM

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Picked up some slate today from Lowes. I wanted the rock work in the tank to match the background I made perfectly so bought some white'ish color slate and just got done painting/shading it in the same colors at the background. Just have to seal it and they will be ready for the tank.


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Posted 05 March 2016 - 05:26 PM

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More work done today. It is pretty much for the most part done new. All that's left is to do a few details things and route the cords better, then fill with water and move the group of frontosa and FX5 over and it'll be done. Really excited to get the fronts moved into it soon. This one has become probably my favorite tank I have owned to date.


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 06:23 PM

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3 months of work building the 6ft tank for the Frontosa finally comes to a rewarding end tonight, now I can enjoy it. Just finished filling with water, moving the FX5 over, bringing up to temp and moving my fronts over into it. I'm happy with how this tank build turned out, and think my fronts seem pretty happy now as well!


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#13 Goduster

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 10:48 PM

I really like the way that one came out the best of any of them so far. 


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Posted 19 March 2016 - 01:45 PM


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:45 AM

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Now that the frontosa are moved into the 6ft tank I redid their old 75g tank as a new home for my Jaguar so he can grow up happy and large all by himself. Added a bit of wood, used tan play sand with some pea gravel mixed into it. I had planned on doing a 3d background for this tank but decided to go with a flat black painted one instead. Figured with the colors of the Jag and him being the only fish in the tank I didn't want hm to blend into the background so once he grows some and lightens in color a bit  think he's look good in this set up now.


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