Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Shelldweller

About jefflid

  • Rank
    Shelldweller (Newbie)
  • Birthday 30/06/1977

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Location
    Blacktown Area, NSW

Recent Profile Visitors

221 profile views
  1. Hi Richard, Unfortunately I didn't 'document' so to speak the making of this background, but I am actually in the process of building one for my 4ft and I've documented each step so I can put a post with a DIY Process up. I'll post up the materials used in this project so that people can give it a go before I put up the making of my 4ft version.
  2. Howdy all. I forgot to mention that this tank is only used as nursery for any fry I might have. Whilst it does consume a little bit of tank space, it's not to the point that the fish are cramped. I've added an aerial view to illustrate just how much room is consumed, but it is also worth noting that with the background being 3D, the actual thickness does vary considerably throughout the background. Hope you all enjoy, and thanks for all the comments.
  3. Howdy all, I thought I'd share with you all my latest and greatest attraction in my 2ft tank. Will alittle bit of creativeness, some pond sealant and some sand, you can create something completely unique and a real talking piece to boot. Hope you all enjoy the fruits of my labour.
  4. Again - another good point is raised - cheers Jamie. The price I mentioned above was for a 2ft only and based ruffly on what the goods cost me about 3 months ago, so if the materials go up, so does the price unfortunately. Keep in mind too that this does take some time to complete, so it isn't an overnighter - the design and sculpting of my 2ft took me well over 3 weeks till i was happy, then there's the 7 days waiting for the sealant to dry so.... Keep the feedback coming though guys - it's awesome. (To those that have PM'd me, I'll get back to you guys a.s.a.p).
  5. Cheers Ray. You do raise an interesting point though that I forgot to put out there. If anyone is interested in buying something like this, then shoot me a PM. The materials cost around $50 so say add another $30 on top for labour and I'd be happy to make it. I'm currently playing around with using different coloured sands to give the whole thing a more of a natural look, so I'll keep you all posted on how that goes.
  6. Jees......I'm starting to get the impression that I've done a half decent job! Thanks for all the feedback, it's made me want to go and have another go (now that I know what I'm doing). To answer your question Bruce, it's a pond sealer that I stumbled upon at my local bunnings - I thought to myself, what could be better than something that is fish safe and seals in everything it covers and doesn't need to be coloured! There is a downside to the whole process - it does consume a little bit of tank space. The foam is about 10cm deep so keep that in mind when you have a go. In hindsight, I would probably cut the foam down to about 6 - 7cm deep and then hack away at it. This tank will end up being a nursery more than likely, I'm sure fry would love the little gaps and hidden caves in the bottom. The tricky bit is the corner where the filter goes, but with a bit of practice, you can make a pretty good looking over hang section that looks like it belongs there and serves a functional space as well. The heater cut out is nice and simple (thankfully). I've got to wait for another 7 days for it to completely cure and then another 3-4 days for the silicone to dry, but once it's got subtrate in there, some water, and some fry looking for a home, I'll post up another pic to give you all a look. Once again thanks for all the thumbs up on my first DIY. It makes this hobby worth the time and effort when other people appreciate your work. Soon my 2 tier stand that I'm building will be stained and put in it's trophy site in my loungeroom, so stay tuned. Maybe I'll attempt a 4ft background next......... In the meantime, enjoy the pic of one of my newest community tank members. Anyone want to guess what it is? (Like it's hard).
  7. Believe it or not, all the cutting was done with a trusty steak knife out of the kitchen draw and one of those little tec screwdrivers, the small ones like you use for tightening screws on sunnies. Keep a vac handy too, trust me - it gets damn messy!
  8. Cheers for the thumbs up. It is polystyrene, and it's been sealed with a pond sealant available from all your good local bunnings stores. The sealant comes in that sandstone colour, so I didn't have to do anything. I didn't take a heatgun to it like I've seen many people do, I like the texture of the ruff cut polystyrene.
  9. Howdy all, I couldn't post this in the relevant area, so I thought what the heck, I'll post it here. Essentially this is my first attempt at a 2ft background. It consumes some tank space, but I reckon it looks pretty good for a first timer. As you can see it's not complete yet (I had to hack at it to get it in), but it gives you the idea. Let me know what you guys think, I'm always keen to get feedback on my DYI jobs. Cheers
  10. Howdy all, i got abit of a curly one for the knowledgable amongst use. I currently have the following in my 4ft community tank: 1 x Moorii (Blue Malawi Dolphin) 1 x Aulonocara Walteri (Blue faced Peacock) 2 x Nimbochromis Venustus (Giraffe Cichlids) 1 x Pterygolichthys Gibbiceps (Sailfin Pleco) My problem is thier individual feeding requirements, especially that of the Walteri. Can anyone recommend a diet regime that will satisfy all of my little (soon to be big) tank mates. Thanks in advance.
  11. Hi all, Thanks for the advice, I feel rather stupid about what I did, but hey, we've all made one or two mistakes when we start out - right??? Boiling the rocks for 1/2 hour in salty water, and then left to soak for about 20 mins in cold water seems to of done the trick. Thanks for your help all. Cheers A little bit wiser.
  12. Hi colfish, Your a champion. I just wanted to clarify one thing with you though. Do you mean that if I boil them, that will get rid of the bleach? If so, how long should I boil them for? I also have some additional info on the bleach. It contained: Sodium Hypochlorite 42g/l Chlorine 4.0%m/v It was also lemon scented, or so it says, i didn't smell any lemons! Cheers
  13. Hi all, I went out today and got my hands on some 'lucky stone' i think the place called it - they look like river stones, nice and round with some variations in shape. I read somewhere that you should always give any rocks you are going to use in your aquascaping a clean with bleach. So off i went with the bleach, gave them a good scrub, and then hosed them down with a high pressure water gun. After that I thought i'd give them the smell test to see if I could still smell the bleach, and sure enough, I could still smell it. I gave them another blast, and still I can smell it on the rocks. How do i get the bleach off the damn things? Any advice would be great, as my saulosi are getting alittle territorial and I need to get them into their new 4ft tank before my male (who is transition) really ticks off his prospective wives.
  14. Thanks all for the advice. I managed to contact a mate who is a specialist in the breed and he recommended exactly what you guys have. Many thanks once again.
  15. No. I bought the fish together and haven't added anything to the tank. I'm rather concerned about how to keep the jewel that I had to throw into the bucket alive.....
  • Create New...