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Jumping Back Into the Forum with a DIY!!!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by spudjnr123, Apr 14, 2017.

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    Today I got around to cementing and putting on the first layer of Drylok!

    First Lay of Cement
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    Second Layer of Cement was added once the first layer had dried for a few hours. The layers are rather thin (by design), and appeared dry within about 30 minutes to an hour and after 3 felt hard rather than chalky so I felt confident adding on the second layer. After letting that dry a further few hours I added Drylok with some charcoal cement pigment.
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    I'm going for a smooth bedrock/large Boulder look and I'm loving how it's coming out!! Gotta wait for this to dry a bit before I can coat again. After ample cure time then it will be time for install!!
     
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    Finally all sealed!! I used a couple different layers of Drylok with varying levels of pigment to creat this look!

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    Different...wonder what a blue tone would be like....
     
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    What do you mean blue tone? Like blue tint to the concrete? Not realistic enough for me!!
     
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    More of a dark blue such as cobalt...like a lagoon
     
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    I've added water finally! The current isn't incredibly strong, but it's definitely present! I may close up some of the slits to increase it!

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    After much consideration, I did away with the original flow manifold. I re-did the pumps to pull through PVC Piping
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    and hid them behind a new background.
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    Love a DIY project! I think the new rock cover looks and great and this is all very interesting!
     
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    Thanks!! I'm really excited for this to take off. I'm hoping that by increasing my school of WCMM I'll have a lot of fun activity, and the eventual addition of hillstream loaches will provide some great entertainment.
     

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