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    All glass 11ft

    Discussion in 'DIY Projects and Ideas' started by bigfish 2017, Apr 11, 2017.

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      Hi all, just another update, the aquascape I will be creating will be natural bogwood but joint together using acrylic rods, I will drill into each bogwood that will be in a particular position then insert the acrylic rods to hold them in place. I do expect the wood to expand with water absorbtion however the rods are there so the wood don't fall or the fish don't knock them off. Next weekend the aquarium Manufacturers will have the overflow Comb for the weir and return pipe all plumbed in. Then I will be creating the aquascape and gradually fill the aquarium 6inches per day to allow a gradual settlement off its weight onto the polystyrene and floor.
       
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      What a beauty!! Can I get more pics of plumbing and filtration when u have time?
       
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      Yeah sure, I'm planning on uploading more pics this weekend, because it should be all completed, so in theory I can start it up by the end of May.
       
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      Hi all, just a little update, last weekend tested the weir for leaks and has a test run of the return pump, it managed to push water through a UV and the pond heater up 5ft into the tank so far so good.
       
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      Hi all another little update, these are the 4 airstones stones and 4 acrylic rods I will use to join the smaller bogwood together DSC_3510.JPG
       
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      Another little update, just cleaned the glass inside, and placed the rock work, next will be the bogwood. DSC_3512.JPG DSC_3513.JPG DSC_3514.JPG
       
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      Another update, started drilling into the bogwood DSC_3524.JPG DSC_3525.JPG
       
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      Nice! Acrylic dowels - hadn't thought of that. I've done the same thing with regular wood dowels though.

      Looks great by the way!
       
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      Wooden dowels would have been great but due to the weight off the bogwood I don't think they'd handle the water absorbtion and have much flexibility before they broke, but I'm sure for smaller pieces of bogwood wooden dowels would have been very cost effective. However the acrylic rods are 8mm diameter and can handle quite a bit of weight, some off the pieces of bogwood weight 2-5kg so needed some flexibility and strength, but so far so good.
       

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