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  1. #31
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    As a wise Old salty once said to me " Stick with it. 9 months is enough time, think of sinking the log like having a baby( hopefully without the morning sickness).HaHaaHaa.
    PS Wow! very impressive light shroud.
    Not all mid-life crisis involve a sports car

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    Their is a silicone out that will stick stuff when wet (being submerged may be another thing). I would try it anyway. stick it to the bottom of the tank and weigh it down until it dries. I'm using it on my cube at the moment admittedly the cube is bone dry, but it has stuck the wood to the glass very well, it's holding like nobody's business.
    I got it at bunings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolsy View Post
    As a wise Old salty once said to me " Stick with it. 9 months is enough time, think of sinking the log like having a baby( hopefully without the morning sickness).HaHaaHaa.
    PS Wow! very impressive light shroud.
    Touche, lol, well said mate !

    Still laughing lol ...

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    Superb shroud. I can't make out the exact plan for it using the pictures. #6 and #7 appear to be not completely consistent. :P I am keen for more explanation if you care to provide it. You can take up to 9 months to provide the said explanation. :P

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    lol

    Hopefully this drawing explains how I made it.

    I glued the two elbows onto the pipe after carefully working out the correct length.

    Then pretty much made two cuts with the bandsaw along the length as per the red lines on the drawing.

    I did spend some time cleaning up the bandsaw marks as it does not leave a smooth finish.
    Wrapped sand paper around a 60mm hole saw, put in the drill and shaped the bottom curves.
    Sanded the whole lot and painted.

    I used the supplied clip things to hold the light, they are screwed into the pvc at the back so not noticeable

    Capture , on Flickr

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    Default Driftwood in and plastic plants out !

    I got cunning and sourced a couple of tiles from the tile shop, they are Porcelain so should be harmless ?
    Drilled a couple of small holes in the driftwood and attached it to the tiles with zip ties

    I had to modify the tiles to place the driftwood closer to the rear of the tank.
    Didn't have a masonry blade for the grinder and the metal blade didn't even dent the tile.
    So I went for the only option available, hammer.
    Didn't go to bad, chipped of what I needed to but broke the bottom tile in half so it was a bit tricky getting it all into the tank.

    Sorry for the crappy pics, the first three photos are from one phone and the next three from my other phone.
    The second lot make the water look more cloudy than it actually is.
    Well it is cloudy because I have stirred up the sand, planted more plants and trimmed and re-planted all the Elodea and Ambulia.

    We will get more Blue Stricta for behind the driftwood, lfs promise they will be in tomorrow, I am back to work tomorrow so Mrs Salt will grab them.

    Overall quite happy with it, nice looking piece of wood The Bristlenose's now have permanent homes, they have not left it alone.

    Also a pic of the little Albino? Cory...

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    Nice work! I am so scared of those Silver dollars suddenly realising that they like those plants. Maybe they will grow up with them without any issues. Keep those photos coming.

    AFAIK drilling into tile/brick will require some specialised stuff to prevent cracking.

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    Thanks mate, yesterday I grabbed a bunch of Wysteria and planted it. This morning it was all but gone.

    Perhaps the Silver Dollars only like certain plants?
    They nibble on the Ambulia, but don't touch the rest so far.

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    Another method of anchoring driftwood I've seen is by attaching a couple of suction caps to the wood. The last one I had issues with I attached a 4oz sinker to the bottom of the driftwood with stainless wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothy View Post
    Another method of anchoring driftwood I've seen is by attaching a couple of suction caps to the wood. The last one I had issues with I attached a 4oz sinker to the bottom of the driftwood with stainless wire.
    I wouldn't be using a fishing sinker in the aquarium. They are usually made from solid lead.

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    Bit of an update, I have some cool plants to add once the flora munchers are out.
    I would have thought selling Silver Dollars would be easy ? Apparently not.

    Anyway I have quite a few new baby plants from Serene Aquariums and three awesome plants thanks to Waterman !

    My Ammonia spike has finally settled down and today's reading was slightly above zero Nitrites also zero but will monitor them closely.

    I used all of the Seachem Prime and could not buy any locally ( ran out of stock ) so I tried some Blue Planet 'Shield'
    Not sure if it is coincidence but it seemed to speed up the ammonia reduction process ?

    Anyway a few pics

    Windelov, Wide Leaf Chain Sword and Subwassertang that is floating around everywhere lol
    IMG_20170124_210158 by Craig, on Flickr

    Amazon Sword Broad and more Subwassertang
    IMG_20170124_210147 by Craig, on Flickr

    A large chunk of Subwassertang, I will tie all this to some driftwood or the Bristlenose hidey holes.
    IMG_20170124_210131 by Craig, on Flickr

    Crap photos, sorry but this is one from Waterman, Windelov...
    IMG_20170125_172702 by Craig, on Flickr

    And the other, they have traveled well considering 40 odd degrees in Sydney yesterday.
    IMG_20170125_172649 by Craig, on Flickr
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    The Silver Dollars are now out of the tank and all the plants in.

    The original plants are starting to recover from the Silver Dollars rampage whilst battling Ammonia and feeding less.

    Plant list;
    Subwassertang tied to driftwood, lower right. ( bit hard to see, most of it is behind the reflection )
    Amazon Sword and Elodea, right side.
    Windelov, Banana Lily and Ambulia throughout the centre.
    Blue Stricta, rear and left.
    Wide Leaf Chain Sword, left front that does not seem to be growing, time will tell.

    Can you suggest anything that might be better than the Chain Sword ?
    I have deliberately picked plants for low light and no CO2.

    IMG_20170128_141942 by Craig, on Flickr

    I made an inline heater thing to get it out of the tank, works brilliantly ! I bought an Aqua one 300 watt heater from the local Home Hardware for $30.
    The 150 watt heater I had was too small and is now in the 3 foot tank with the Silver Dollars.

    IMG_20170128_142055 by Craig, on Flickr

    The Silver Dollars are still sulking, i don't know what to do with them, advertised on Gumtree for $5 each but no takers.

    IMG_20170128_141824 by Craig, on Flickr

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    Some more plants added.

    The Banana Lily's are sending leaves to the top, the bigger one has three and a fourth on the way.

    I can't take a clear photo sorry, this was the best of the lot.

    IMG_20170205_084130 by Craig, on Flickr

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    Your tank is looking really good Salt. Growing in real nice.

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    Thanks Merv, it does look better in the flesh.

    Will be nice once all the Blue Stricta fills the background behind the driftwood.

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