101 things to do with PVC pipe Part 2

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    So my main tank cracked one day and I had to hurriedly set up a temporary 55G holding tank, dumping fish and plants in there as quickly as I could. I have 7 large Clown Loaches and several other zebra loaches and yoyo's and the guys were really getting stressed because my hands were in the tank every few minutes and plants were going in and out all the time, so.... I decided to build them a high-rise high-tech apartment building for shelter until I could move them to their more permanent home.

    The whole thing is held together by aquarium silicone and they LOVE it. Their biggest kick seems to be squeezing as many of them into one pipe for the zzzz's - like cramming twenty okes into a mini !

    This would clearly not be everybody's cup of tea, but it works like charm as temporary accommodation !
     
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    I recently moved and did something similar. My clown loaches also loved the PVC pipes. So much so that I've been considering using it in my new tank :)

    One idea to make it look a bit better is to silicone gravel/sand to the outside (and inside?) of the tubes. I guess you could glue rock/stone to it too. That should make it look quite natural but still provide lots of hiding places.

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    Darn, I did say I had a 101 uses for PVC pipe... ;)
    I made quite a complex pipe structure up before doing exactly what you suggested. It worked very well, too well in fact - I never saw my loaches ! This is why I made the new model with the open ends of the pipe facing the front of the tank, the loaches cannot resist squeezing into a pipe !
     
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    Ha-ha, that's really neat. It'll look awesome with some moss growing on it.

    You know that cement that they use for making those 3D aquarium backgrounds?

    I'm sure you could make a really nice cave(s), using that and a bunch of PVC pipes.
     
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    What is that cement called in SA?

    The international guys that make those DIY 3D backgrounds use "non-local" names to describe it and I have never heard of it before.

    Does anyone know what cement that is? If so, please part with that knowledge.
     
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    I played around with PVC pipes and bends about 2 years ago and stuck (siliconed) gravel, rock and other substrate to them to see what it would look like when emersed in my tank at that time.

    I gave up after a few trials as they never looked natural enough... They will be fine though for breeding tanks or other tanks that aren't show tanks IMHO otherwise they just look crap IMHO.
     
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    There's a Dutch website of a dude called Adriaan at http://members.lycos.nl/brieneoord/aqua/

    He used something called Poly-pox GT600 thixotrope epoxy resin - not sure if that i what you are referring to, though ?
     
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    Thanks Henkt,

    Ja - thats the prob - the stuff they always refer to has some weird name like the one you mention above. I guess I'll have to research if such a cement can be sourced locally.
     
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    I've messed around with PVC piping and flowerpots for ages, they are excellent for hiding spaces and caves. With a bit of ingenuity and lots of similar pieces of rock you can hide just about any old ugly piping, tupperware and the like. Plants in pots are a real help in doing this. Just make sure the water circulates well by judiciously placing powerheads at strategic spots. Keep this in mind when building your modules, spaces for equipment and gaps for potted plants will make your end result a lot more harmonious.
    I never stick together anything that would cover more than 40cm. Nor is it higher than 35cm. This is because you have to be able to remove any artificial decor, and replace it with minimum fuss, during tank maintenance, or rescuing fish or whatever.
    Make a 3D background is not a great idea if you regularly net fish out of the system, like brooding female cichlids for example. Also if you build small modules you can endlessly rearrange them differently, because, if like me, you quickly get tired of the same setup, a permanent 3D background is a definite no no ...
     
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    I did some research into DIY backgrounds a while ago and found that the most common cement used is normal portland cement.
     
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    The one thing that's always prevented me from doing a background is the fact that you will have to pretty much cement/glue/epoxy/silicone the entire background to the back plane of glass, because if you have the tiniest gaps, either a fish will find a way into it, or the water will go "vrot". I have always wondered how the guys with those shaped polystyrene backgrounds make sure that the whole thing is air/water tight. This would probably also mean that you are stuck with your design for life as I cannot see any practical way of getting all that muck off the rear glass once you remove the background.

    If anyone has done this successfully, please enlighten me !
     
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    I like the "Amazonas + Rock" one
     
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    Jinne not shy on pricing

    R1012050 Miniamazonas BG 120x50 344,00*
    R1013050 Miniamazonas BG 130x50 380,00*
    R1015050 Miniamazonas BG 150x50 436,00*
    R1016060 Miniamazonas BG 160x60 554,00*
    R1020060 Amazonas BG 200x60 790,00*

    That is euros
     
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    ah... I thought the first column was the price :)

    It will probably work out around 4K for the 120x50 unit.

    But it does look very nice doesn't it.
     
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    It does look nice.

    There are a couple of others I found on the net. But looks a DIY job.
    That link you sent it the best looking one's I have seen so far.
     
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    Aha enter the scenic artist. (BWa Ha Ha) This kind of thing is precisely why GDJ tried to get me onto this site for months. Because I can actually build custom backgrounds and make molds of it for reproduction.

    Now that I finally have a studio I have room to mess around. Anyone interested in ordering their own backgrounds from me should get in touch. I suppose I can mix organic oxides into the substance to get a realistic finish. I will need to find out what matt paint I can use that does not flake or kill fish.

    GDJ suggested going one step further and pre settling mosses on the completed product. The possibilities are endless. All I need to know is which materials to use and where to get it, the rest is up to imagination.
     
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    A custom build background... Now that sound awesome, you can definitely sign me up!! ;D
     
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    Please put me on the waiting list.

    Thanks
     
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    Me too!
     

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