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    THIS MAY OR MAY NOT WORK
    Ok im winging this as it goes so list of tools so far
    1 X Very sharp craft knife
    1 X Polystyrene bin from the Local Supermarket (for irony i got it from the fish bar)
    1 X Permanent Marker
    1 x Aquarium Silcone Sealant
    1 X Good Vacum Cleaner
    1 X very patient Girlfriend
    1 x Wood file
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    Take one Polystyrene box.
    Leave to soak overnight with a GOOD amount of Dish washing Liquid and water to rid it of any smells
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    Cut the box in half with the Very sharp Craft knife
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    i have trimmed it down so it will fit about 1 inch out from the back tank wall
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    Both sides trimmed
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    Holes have been cut for water intake (it will all make sense later)
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    A little bit of a cave built over the water intake
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    Design for rocks drawn on the front of the styrofoam.
    Far right had already been carved out (I got excited)
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    Close up of design dugout of the Styrofoam.

    Thats all i have for now as its late and The OH saw the mess i made all through the room and i thought it was wise to clean up and pack up then and there untill tommorrow
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    ill post some pics tonight but i have taken a file to the front face of the background and added it to the top list and re-carved the grooves deeper into the ploystyrene as the where not that apparant loking at the front of it,
    and will carve another lot of inlet holes tonight ,
    the point of the inlet is to let the water flow through and behind the background reducing the water dsplacement and allow water to flow through to the hang on back filter and get to the heater that will be hiding behind the background.

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    interesting idea putting the filter and heater behind the background... will the heater not do anything to the polystyrene??? will be interesting to see what it's like when its done... keep going
    30L Tank
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    5 Neon Tetras
    2 Harlequins
    Lots of different types of guppies.
    1 Red Tailed Shark


    140L Tank
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    3 Blue Cosby Gourami
    2 Red Honey Gourami
    1 Kissing Gourami
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    1 Golden Gourami
    1 Albino Widow
    1 Red Tailed Shark
    1 Tire Track Eel
    1 Hifin Plecostomus


    R.I.P: 2 Angel Fish, 2 Rosy Barbs, 1 Kissing Gourami, 1 Dwarf Gourami (Moved House)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish_Man_J
    will the heater not do anything to the polystyrene???
    the heater will be mounted on the wall away from the polystyrene
    SAFETY FIRST
    thanks for the support too,
    even if this fails we all will of learnt something by it
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    Are you not concerned about the effect on fish of the dishwashing liquid? How can you be sure all traces have been removed from the poly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWitch
    Are you not concerned about the effect on fish of the dishwashing liquid? How can you be sure all traces have been removed from the poly?
    because after everytime i have made a cut or filed the polystyrene i have rinsed it under a shower head for 5 minutes giving it a good washing down. i have done this several times, and also before its finished there will be no Polystyrene showing
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    i have cut the back off so it sits flat and decided that i will put "stoppers" behind the wall that will be silconed to the wall and the tank here is how its looking now.
    the center piece is supposed to be smaller so i can run airline underneath it and have more water flow around to the behind the tank.
    As you can see i have extended the water inlets on the wall also.
    and incase anybodys really worried i will be washing the remaining vivid off
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