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My 750L Amazon tank - II

By Frank Panis

3. The moulding of the 3D-background can begin!

Before I got completely geared up for the sticky molding job I first changed the layout of the water outlets a bit, so the right one will release water at the bottom instead of working as an overflow. This should prevent the buildup of waste products behind rocks or bogwood in that corner. I also went to the pond shop and bought all kinds of PVC connections, elbows, valves, hose and pipes. Despite this is a 100% DIY project, these parts raised the bill considerably. Then on with the molding! I was a bit on the economical side when I bought the components, so after a first round of pouring, I discovered that I needed at least the same amount of components again to end this job successfully! After getting them I could finally finish this sticky job, and after the extra coating it was time to put the tank in it's place.


The 750L aquarium on its back with all plumbing ready to get mould-in!


I used PVC end caps that I glued to the aquarium to ensure the background is fastened. The foam swallowed up the caps that remained invisible after the molding job.


The background completely finished: not a single technical element can be observed!

After connecting all the pumps and filters the testing could begin! I'd like to be sure that every part of the aquarium works like I want it to before any fish will swim in it! The Eheim 1060 circulation pump and the reservoir were immediately removed, as they caused a loud hum all over the living room, what definitely was not the goal we liked to achieve! Silence is what we want, so I connected a second Eheim 2329 canister instead of the Eheim 1060! The flow was on the poor side, especially compared to that of the Eheim 1060. Wouldn't it be possible for a brand like Eheim to make pumps that are completely silent? They could ask some extra money for it, as people like me would love to spend some more money on such a silent pump!

Shock, horror and disbelief! After a full month cycling and when the tank finally became ready to move to the next step, the special PU foam 3D background shrunk with 2cm and came loose on the right side! What a stupid setback this was! After emptying the tank, removing all filters and equipment I had to lay the aquarium on it's back, and fill the gap with new foam. As this couldn't be done in a minute I had to break down and reinstall everything and repeat the complete cycling process again! Meanwhile I also made an additional groove in the background to install an additional small pump for additional surface movement. This incident has set me back for at least a month and hopefully from now on no problems will prevent me to move on with the Amazon project! Of course this month was used to think about what specific fish I would keep in this tank... Amazon cichlids or other ones???


A groove was cut out of the background to mount an additional pump.

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