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vlangel
3 hours ago, MetaTank said:

LOL that statue...

 

I can see the seahorse Altantis theme coming together

Thanks, I can can picture Atlantis in my mind but whether I can convey that in the tank I don't know.

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I decided to take a big risk and try a graphic art depiction of Atlantis on the back glass.  It's purpose is 2 fold:  1. To hide equipment wires but still let natural light in for macro/coral growth, and 2. To support the theme of the lost world of Atlantis, only with a seahorse twist.

 

Ha ha, the idea was better than the depiction of it!  However it does effectively hide all equipment and wires which I am happy about.  The overall feel of the mural is a bit darker and foreboding than I intended but it sort of works in an artsy kind of way.  Hopefully some thriving macros and cute little ponies will lighten things up.

 

When the water clears I will take some pics.

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First I drew my vision of Atlantis on tracing paper.  Then I cut it out and taped it to the inside of the tank's back glass.

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I flipped the tank around and painted my drawing on the outside of the back glass.  I found drawing Atlantis much easier than painting it! 😐

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Then I put the statute and the rock and water back into the tank and tested for ammonia.  Seeing that the cycle was progressing I proceeded to add some macros/coral since they can take some ammonia.

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Judging by how difficult it is to get a good photo, I am pretty sure that I will not be taking pics in the middle of the day.

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748S911

cool artwork and set up. 

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Lingwendil

Some Cyphastrea or GSP covering that seahorse would be rad.

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vlangel
1 hour ago, 748S911 said:

cool artwork and set up. 

Thanks, I am still not too sure of the art work.

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2 hours ago, Lingwendil said:

Some Cyphastrea or GSP covering that seahorse would be rad.

I totally agree and hope to get gps growing on the statute.

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vlangel

The more I looked at my art work mural, the more I decided that it did not convey my original vision.  I wanted whimsical, enchanting, not dark, foreboding!  The good thing about acrylic paint on glass is it can be scraped off so that is what I did.  Now I am playing around with different backgrounds and it may be a while before I settle on something.  Here's what I have atm.

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kimdawg

I love the seahorse in the tank.  I think you have made amazing progress.  I have not even started my journal yet.... We took snack pics today and got it wet tonight.  I hope to start my journal tomorrow.  I am feeling really behind already.

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MetaTank
26 minutes ago, kimdawg said:

I love the seahorse in the tank.  I think you have made amazing progress.  I have not even started my journal yet.... We took snack pics today and got it wet tonight.  I hope to start my journal tomorrow.  I am feeling really behind already.

The seahorse makes this tank! I'm with you, @kimdawg, while ive been working on some stuff, my tank is dry. It's a marathon, not a sprint, right? I don't think a week or two will make much of a difference in the long run, right?

 

@vlangelI really like that idea of gluing rubble/sand to the seahorse to help coral grow on it! What did you use? I might wanna do something like that in my tank for the skimmer box! Of course, I'll credit you for the idea!!

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On 4/1/2019 at 3:17 PM, Lingwendil said:

Some Cyphastrea or GSP covering that seahorse would be rad.

Yassss 

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15 minutes ago, MetaTank said:

The seahorse makes this tank! I'm with you, @kimdawg, while ive been working on some stuff, my tank is dry. It's a marathon, not a sprint, right? I don't think a week or two will make much of a difference in the long run, right?

 

@vlangelI really like that idea of gluing rubble/sand to the seahorse to help coral grow on it! What did you use? I might wanna do something like that in my tank for the skimmer box! Of course, I'll credit you for the idea!!

 

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Tamberav
1 hour ago, kimdawg said:

I love the seahorse in the tank.  I think you have made amazing progress.  I have not even started my journal yet.... We took snack pics today and got it wet tonight.  I hope to start my journal tomorrow.  I am feeling really behind already.

No biggy... I am not starting mine till Monday at the earliest.

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Tempestas

Whimsical and enchanting you say..

 

How about something like this?

 

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🎶Cue the music🎶

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vlangel
11 hours ago, MetaTank said:

The seahorse makes this tank! I'm with you, @kimdawg, while ive been working on some stuff, my tank is dry. It's a marathon, not a sprint, right? I don't think a week or two will make much of a difference in the long run, right?

 

@vlangelI really like that idea of gluing rubble/sand to the seahorse to help coral grow on it! What did you use? I might wanna do something like that in my tank for the skimmer box! Of course, I'll credit you for the idea!!

I can not take credit for everything, the seahorse statue had a sandy finish on it when I purchased it. I used JB water weld to putty the rubble rock to the statue.  It is really strong and will allow me to lift the statue/rock structure out of the tank to clean.  I have in the past smeared aquarium silicon on a plexiglass surface and while it was still wet poured sand on it to give a sandy finish.  Of course that only works on surfaces that silicon adheres to.

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9 hours ago, Tempestas said:

Whimsical and enchanting you say..

 

How about something like this?

 

es7706-undersea_castle.jpg.6c75b09990e0674da65a2decaad34ebc.jpg

 

🎶Cue the music🎶

Is that before or after the 2000’s switch up

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On 4/3/2019 at 5:20 AM, Tempestas said:

Whimsical and enchanting you say..

 

How about something like this?

 

es7706-undersea_castle.jpg.6c75b09990e0674da65a2decaad34ebc.jpg

 

🎶Cue the music🎶

O yes, that is more like it!  My backround needs to let light through since it is natural sun lit in an east window.  Whatever I do can not have the whole back covered.

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Snow_Phoenix

I like your newer background better. Your older background was pretty cool too, but as you've said, a bit too 'dark'. I think I'm forever going to envy that seahorse statue - I love it so much! And I like the fact that you glued a bit of macro to it. Gives it an overall 'fantasy' appeal which I really, really admire. Overall, tank looks nice, Dawn! Can't wait to see what else you're going to do with it. :happydance:

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seabass

I love it!

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vlangel
3 hours ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

I like your newer background better. Your older background was pretty cool too, but as you've said, a bit too 'dark'. I think I'm forever going to envy that seahorse statue - I love it so much! And I like the fact that you glued a bit of macro to it. Gives it an overall 'fantasy' appeal which I really, really admire. Overall, tank looks nice, Dawn! Can't wait to see what else you're going to do with it. :happydance:

Thanks Snow!  That statue is special because I bought it at the lfs that I worked at, which has since closed.  I was there 12 years before I had to leave to care for my aging mother in law.  That store will always have a special place in my heart.

 

Dave bought new ink for our printer and reprinted the picture I was using.  I am going to re-do it so that the ancient columns are more visible so it has more of the underwater world of Atlantis feel about it.  I am quite excited about this little tank.

1 hour ago, seabass said:

I love it!

Thanks seabass!

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I am still playing with the backround.

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It will be really cool if I can get this red macro algae to grow on the back of the seahorse.  It helps hide a prefilter I have on the intake of the HOB pump.

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2019-04-04_01-10-28

I had pulled a small cabbage leather out of the 56 gallon and today it finally opened up.

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On 4/4/2019 at 6:12 AM, vlangel said:

O yes, that is more like it!  My backround needs to let light through since it is natural sun lit in an east window.  Whatever I do can not have the whole back covered.

I can make ya one of these 

clear p95 (matte) acrylic 

 

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Tamberav
40 minutes ago, This guy is extra salty said:

I can make ya one of these 

clear p95 (matte) acrylic 

 

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Is that etched into the acrylic or a sticker on it? Looks neat. 

 

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