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Foam Wall Instructable - A Full How-to, Step-by-Step Guide

A foam wall can be a great way to really take your aquarium to the next level. It can provide a large backdrop to hide ugly power cords and...
  1. Gbrum

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    Tank is close to the end of the cycle. getting close to adding fish

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    That looks great, Gbrum!
     
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    Looks good. Cant wait to see it full of corals
     
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    Feeling inspired :) My weekend project begins... WP_20170409_12_36_07_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_36_43_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_37_03_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_37_09_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_47_20_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_47_24_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_59_50_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_12_59_55_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_13_12_05_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_13_12_12_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_13_12_15_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_13_12_23_Rich.jpg WP_20170409_13_12_32_Rich.jpg
     
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    Added a hydra 26 hd light this week. here is how the wall is looking so far. now just need to start adding corals.

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    Looks great, Gbrum!

    What are your plans for the tank?
     
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    As far as fish. Yesterday I took my 4 clowns out of 5 week quarantine and introduced them to the tank. I plan on getting 2 leopard wrasse, a dot dash wrasse. And a couple fairy wrasses. And probably a yellow tang.
    As far as corals. A mixed reef. I like zoas a lot. But I also like lps and sps. Here is the fist coral I added. A frogspawn

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    Husker Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Used pond foam for my display refugium/seagrass tank that is in progress.

    Made the structure with legos and foamed over it.

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    Legos are a great idea! Just don't smell them when wet. Haha Legos get stanky after a swim.
    Looking forward to seeing it progress!


    How's your tank coming along Gbrum?
     
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    Husker Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Really? I wonder what smells... I wasn't sure how reef safe they would be, but I have seen reef tanks that used lego pirate ships or buildings in the aquascape, and they seemed fine. I have heard legos (brand name "Legos") are well-known for their quality plastics and non-toxic materials. I figure if they can let kids suck on them without fear of lawsuit, my coral can probably handle it.

    In retrospect, I'm not sure I took full advantage of the legos. Pretty much everything I did could have been accomplished with just live rock or live rock rubble joined with the foam. Some people get really angry about that foam, but I kind of like it. I think it makes the structure look like a single structure with nooks and crannies instead of a pile of rocks. I would like to see more people with more skill than I using pond foam. I bet there could be some really interesting structures.
     
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    I'm sure they'll be fine. Especially if you foamed all the way around them.
    I just remember playing with a Lego boat and other various Lego parts and them smelling weird after pool or bathtub use..
    I also remember trying to get some parts "unstuck" via my teeth. Haha
    Never had to file any lawsuits for getting sick from licking or drooling on any!

    Eventually when I upgrade I'm going to do something cool with the foam structure-wise.

    When done right, a foam wall looks way better than a pile of rocks!
     
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    My tank is doing well. Have not added a lot to it. What I have added I a few zoa. A pair of neon blue gobies.
     
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    Slow and steady wins less algae and issues! Things tend to get worse when they are rushed.
     
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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm building a foam wall in my tank now.

    Watched your videos. Nice Modest Mouse in the background!
     
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    Post up some pics of the process making your wall!

    Lol I think one of those videos got flagged for the music playing in the background and they muted the entire video. Haha


    I actually retired my 26g bow front and now have a 30g cube with a foam wall. Still have the 2.5g going as well.

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    If you have any questions feel free to ask away.
     
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    Thanks for the reply!

    The only thing I'm having trouble with is deciding which epoxy to use. I read that loctite isn't reef safe. Have you had any issues with it?
     
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    Loctite Ultra Gel Control is my go-to superglue for fragging and is definitely reef safe.

    I used this contact cement I found at Lowe’s. Worked great and dried clear. And was only $8ish dollars for the big can I believe.

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    I’ll try to post a new build thread for the 30 cube and link it here this evening. I mostly detailed the build and posted it over on RC.
     
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    30 cube update pic:

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