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Old 09/02/2007, 06:57 PM
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looks awesome. how are you going to cure it?
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Old 09/02/2007, 06:59 PM
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Thanks a lot Tiggsy,

Keep posting more photos at Large Reef Tanks.

See ya,

MAX
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Old 09/03/2007, 03:20 AM
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looks awesome. how are you going to cure it?

I'm not - theres nothing to cure.

The reef bones are jet washed and as clean as can be and the foam is inert.

I will add it to my display, fill the display then turn on the loop to my sump (which is running already) and bring it online.
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Old 09/03/2007, 04:39 AM
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That is awesome. I am definitely doing my next tank like this.
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Old 09/05/2007, 05:58 AM
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what did you use to glue the "crate"??
Looks awesome!!
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Old 09/05/2007, 06:15 AM
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the crate is just held with plastic zip ties - once the foam sets on it its is well held in place.
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Old 09/05/2007, 12:07 PM
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Tiggsy,

Did u used standart or auto-adhesive foam ?

Thkx again,

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Old 09/05/2007, 12:10 PM
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just foam from the hardware store - sort of stuff for filling gaps in brickwork.
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Old 09/05/2007, 02:18 PM
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More pics in my build thread - not a great vid but you get the idea (can you hear my kids in the background.....i had to tie them up and gag them to keep them quiet while i filmed )
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Old 09/05/2007, 02:23 PM
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Very nice! It looks great. But, I have a question. Why did you use the epoxy to secure the texture? Couldn't you have done that to the foam before it dried?
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Old 09/05/2007, 02:29 PM
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The foam forms a "skin" within seconds so adding gravel or anything else just after applying the foam isnt very effective.

3 other reasons -

1. i wanted to cut off ALL excess foam once dry to stop it floating...so didnt want to work with the un-set foam.

2. the epoxy is TOUGH....no bits of foam break off when you handle it (although you can still stab a hole in it with a screwdriver to create a frag "plug hole"

3. never used epoxy before but remembered Tackleberry used it on his helmet in Police Academy....no idea why but always wanted to have a go with it after that!
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Old 09/08/2007, 03:25 PM
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i was goig to reascape my rockwork whit a rack but this is beautiful rockwork my question is you say it doesnt need to cure so could i make something like you did and put it in a already established reef ( could let it soak in salt water a couple of day's ) and the epoxy what kind was it or does it matter
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Old 09/08/2007, 03:56 PM
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Once it is dry (a day) there is nothing further to happen to it. my sump system holds hundreds of pounds of fish.....i am confident they will be unaffected when its hooked to the display.
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Old 09/08/2007, 04:15 PM
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and for the epoxy what kind was it or does it matter
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Old 09/09/2007, 04:53 PM
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This is just awesome. I love the video, really puts it into perspective.
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Old 09/09/2007, 11:13 PM
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that looks sweet man great job!
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Old 09/10/2007, 10:36 AM
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That is truly ingenious.
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Old 09/10/2007, 10:47 AM
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thanks for all the nice comments.

as for the epoxy - its called "two part finishing resin" - i think its the same stuff used for making fibreglass stuff (i get it from a little modle shop)
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Old 09/10/2007, 11:20 AM
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Tiggsy like I said before great work !!! You can't even tell that you used any foam it looks like its one big rock.
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Old 09/10/2007, 11:22 AM
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Cant wait to get some sand and water in there! Will look even better when you cant see the base of the tank or the crate.
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Old 09/10/2007, 12:23 PM
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lots of pics please......
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Old 09/10/2007, 08:27 PM
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I'm building a tank with dimensions close to yours. My 150 is 48 x 24 x 30 tall. May I ask what kind of lighting you are using? I think I may attempt building a foam structure like you've built. I like the way the bottoms are flat and also can be snugged nicely against the back walls. Will you be adding any additional 'live' rock after you get your system running? Something to seed your base rock and sand?

General question: what US etailer has good prices on dry base rock like Tiggsy is using here?

Thanks!
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Old 09/10/2007, 10:15 PM
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I'm building a tank with dimensions close to yours. My 150 is 48 x 24 x 30 tall. May I ask what kind of lighting you are using? I think I may attempt building a foam structure like you've built. I like the way the bottoms are flat and also can be snugged nicely against the back walls. Will you be adding any additional 'live' rock after you get your system running? Something to seed your base rock and sand?

General question: what US etailer has good prices on dry base rock like Tiggsy is using here?

Thanks!
Check out
www.marcorocks.com
There in some detailed pics of what I ordered on the 2nd page of my build thread. I can safely say It is better than most live rock I have ever seen.
http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...5&pagenumber=2
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Old 09/10/2007, 10:23 PM
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BTW the rock I received took the full 6 weeks to cure.
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Old 09/11/2007, 12:21 AM
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Gosh.

You are an artist.. Nice work. I will try my best to copy you.
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