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    joefish72

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    10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by joefish72 on Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:56 pm

    I always need a project, so, while I'm waiting the month it will take to get all the parts for my DIY, I figured I'd dig out an old ten gallon and see what I could do. I'm not even sure this tank still holds water so a reseal may be in the future.

    I got the tank (originaly free on the side of the road), and a piece of plywood (left over but lets say $20) to make some kind of base.


    Then I grabbed three pieces of lace rock at a LFS that cost a total of $25 and cut them with my grinder.


    Next I fit the pieces together to make a lava/moon crater type of background.


    The rock on the left side of the tank has a hollow behind it for a bubbler type filter.

    After fitting it all together I figured that I'm going to either scrape off the black spray paint (why would you spray three sides and the bottom black?) or maybe move the completed set up to a clear tank. The rocks have plenty of space behind them so I figure I'll need to see back there just in case any inhabitants get stuck or decide to spawn.

    That's it for today so check back soon to see what happens.
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    Fern
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by Fern on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:50 pm

    Thats pretty cool!
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by FishVixen on Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:55 pm

    Looks like a project for the DIY contest! LOL Love the look.

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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by joefish72 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:15 pm

    Today I decided since this is a moon scape I would design a base to look like a “Klingon Bat’Leth”. It’s hard to see in the pics but it’s drawn out and ready to cut.


    WHAT I DID:
    1. Using a square I drew a vertical line at the center of my wood.
    2. I then measured and centered the width of the tank (20.5 inches) on my wood and drew two more vertical lines.
    I now had a center line and two lines at 10.125 inches either side of center
    3. I then measured from the top of my wood 1”, 2”, 4”, 8” and drew parallel horizontal lines at each measurement.
    4. To create 5” hand holds I centered the first one and put it between the 2“-4” lines.
    5. The other two hand holds were measured in one inch from each of the outer vertical lines, also in the 2”-4’ lines.
    6. I then free hand drew the curves of the sword on one side.
    7. Using a piece of paper and pencil I traced the curves to flip them and do the other side.

    Next I will cut out the first one and then use it as a template for the second one.


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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by joefish72 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:48 pm

    Here is a picture of the Bat'leth style base/legs.

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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by joefish72 on Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:42 pm

    Here is a picture of the tank on the base while the glue dries.

    The real deal for anyone who is a Trek fan.
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by Alowishus on Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:39 pm

    joefish72 wrote:
    The real deal for anyone who is a Trek fan.

    You mean for anyone who's not a Trek fan, right? lol!

    Maybe I'm too much of a fan, but that one doesn't look quite right to me. I'd say that's also a fan-produced job. alien
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by FishVixen on Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:10 pm

    That is so neat! I love it. Any ideas on stoking it? Suspense, I am very impatient.

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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by joefish72 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:50 pm

    FishVixen wrote:That is so neat! I love it. Any ideas on stoking it? Suspense, I am very impatient.

    I'm not sure yet, but I was thinking about putting a few vampire shrimp in there. Maybe one of my little L114 pleco and some marimo moss. Probably going with a sand substrate to stay with the theme.

    I'm going on vacation in a couple weeks so I'll have to save the actual set up and cycle process until I get back. I have two tanks in cycle right now and I hope they are stable by the time I leave.
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by Fern on Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:03 pm

    Blind cave tetras would be super cool in there!
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by dano on Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:22 pm

    What you can put in the tank depends on what your "moon rock" is made from......If it is a calicum based rock, it will cause the water to have a high pH.....This would negate keeping low pH, soft water fish like Tetras.
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    Re: 10 gallon moonscape project

    Post by Fern on Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:23 pm

    Good point!

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