3d Aquarium Rock Background (Fiberglass)

Due to several requests, WaterfallNow has recently experimented with different 3d rock backgrounds for freshwater and saltwater fish aquariums and reptile tanks.

I looked at a few sites online to research whether or not regular epoxy resins (the kind used to seal boats).

One concern is whether or not non specific resin could potentially leak chemicals into the containing water and kill the fish.

 

When resin mixed with hardener that is properly mixed fully cures, it will not leach and basically becomes similar to a hard plastic. To be on the safe side, a hot curing process can create a stronger fiberglass product. In most cases direct sunlight on a hot day can do in a pinch however a hot box with a higher temperature will also create a much stronger bond.

A specific resin I came across that is specifically designed for use in aquariums is Sweetwater Epoxy made by Aquatic Ecosystems Inc.

Another resin is Max ACR resin which can be purchased on Amazon.

While general purpose resin is used for the construction of many aquariums, it is also sanded down and in some cases painted.

The worry with a 3d rock aquarium wall made with fiberglass resin would be that since natural rock sediments are mixed in, there may be some potential for leaching.

In the coral video below, one fellow claims to have tested his fiberglass coral for 12 months without incident.

I have not yet tested  this out myself with real fish but have begun with putting a fiberglass rock in a water tank and will run a few tests in several months to see if the water quality has been affected.

Because most people will change out an aquariums rock wall background or fiberglass corals out every year or so, the chances of leaching are likely very small when the correct ratio of hardener to resin is used.

There is very low risk of leaching when used for reptile tanks as there is no water in the tank. However, you could risk creating a toxic environment for your lizards if there was to be humidity combined with improper curing techniques. In general, once fully cured, the resin can be assumed to be safe for use. To be on the safe side, you could opt to use a foam or rubber type material instead which can also be found and purchased on Amazon.

Sample of some of our fiberglass faux rock panels. The panels made using concrete GFRC are much heavier and thicker.

Making a small intricately designed rock mold and 3D rock background is not a difficult DIY project however it will cost more than simply purchasing one online.

Retrofit artificial rocks to an indoor aquarium. No limits to how you want it made!
Made by WaterfallNow in Vancouver, BC, Canada

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How to measure aquarium in order to get 3d aquarium background – short video tutorial

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Aquarium Decoration Tutorial: How to Make Custom Foam 3D Aquarium Backgrounds

DYI – 3D aquarium coral reef background (using fiberglass)

Waterfall Fountain: Bird Baths, Garden Water Features

WaterfallNow can create beautiful waterfall fountains and water features for your garden. One of the interesting side effects that our clients have experienced in the past was a sudden increase in bird visits.

One of the things we do is creating custom hand-made rock fountains where birds simply love to hang out!

There are several benefits associated with bird baths that you may not have been aware of. Birds can help to aerate the surrounding soil, control pests, attract wasps which eat pests such as cabbage worms, and attract other beneficial insects that help pollinate vegatation. Of course many people also find the sound of chirping birds just outside the window quite enjoyable as opposed to an eerie quietness.

If you are interested in a bird bath fountain water feature there are many different types to choose from. You can usually find them at your local Rona, Walmart, Lowes, or Home Depot for under $100.

Here are some links to a few good waterfall fountain do-it-yourself ideas:

http://www.bobvila.com/diy-branches/44300-wing-it-16-approaches-to-a-diy-birdbath/slideshows#!0

http://www.laspilitas.com/garden/howto/birdbath.htm

http://www.pinterest.com/reginadoughman/birdbaths/

The leaf bird bath is a popular diy project with many video tutorials online: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-bird-bath/diy-leaf-bird-bath/

If you are looking for a custom fiberglass bird-bath and want to be able to pick different lighting styles, built-in heaters, custom fountain heads, colors, sizes, designs, and so forth, get in touch with us.

Feel free to email a sketch or photo of what you have in mind.

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Rock Waterfall Ideas For Backyard Renovation Projects

Lately I’ve been fascinated with the website Houzz.com. If you aren’t familiar with this website, it is one of the most popular sites along with Pinterest where homeowners, and contractors go to gather ideas, connect with others in the industry, and share their work.

Here are several rock solid ideas that may help you decide on what type of waterfall water feature you personally prefer.

This is a popular photo that many people have expressed interest in. It has been built to compliment and blend the surrounding landscape to create a natural effect. I really admire projects where the landscaper took the effort to make things as natural as possible.
While some people prefer the insane overhangs that can be achieved using faux or fake rocks, this method is very cool and I think it would look even nicer with the addition of custom lighting colors. Overall an impressive job with great attention paid to detail and no stone out of place.
Rustic Landscape by Portland Landscape Contractors Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
This is a great shot with a beautiful natural stone waterfall. The two larger boulders alongside the spillway combined with a well designed lip makes for an impressive sight. I can only imagine how nice this particular waterfall sounds. This double tiered feature would definitely create a very relaxing sound. I would highly recommend this design to someone looking to add a waterfall to their koi pond or for a new pond construction.
The oxygenation and circulation that these kinds of water features adds to the pond also helps to slow the growth of algae which many pond owners can tell you has saved them many dollars in maintenance.
Contemporary Landscape by Woodinville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Classic Nursery & Landscape Co. / Alan Burke, asla
There are many people (myself included) that are blown away by larger man-made waterfalls. However, smaller water features that were created by landscapers with extra attention to detail can be just as stunning. The addition of this small waterfall feature changes up what would have been just an ordinary space into something special. Imagine sitting out on your patio just enjoying the sounds of a soothing fountain in your garden…
Pondless waterfalls are picking up in popularity and for good reason. Many homeowners are embracing the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement, perhaps inspired by their favourite gardening shows on TV, and tackling some of their own projects. I’m sure you that are reading this hate the idea of having to pull rocks out of the pond, cleaning the pond out, then putting the rocks back in and so forth. If you are a landscaper being paid to maintain it I feel your pain.
As an aside, should you decide to create your first waterfall using natural stone I highly recommend studying The Pond Digger on YouTube. He has shared many tutorials online to help home owners and contractors alike what to expect and some tips to get the most of a pond project.
Tropical Pool by Florence Pools & Spas Shehan Pools
The guys over at Shehan are amazing and have taught us a lot about what it takes to make clients dreams become a reality. From using shotcrete to other faux rock materials, they are masters at creating custom waterfalls which also compliment their specialization in pools. Check out their website to view some of their award winning projects and brainstorm more ideas.
Have a great weekend and happy landscaping

How To Create Quality Do It Yourself Outdoor Water Features

Here are a several resources available on creating your standard DIY water features.

Here is a tutorial on how to build your own water fountain using pots

As you can see from the above video, it doesn’t take much money or time to create your own patio water features. The sound of trickling water can enhance the ambiance out on the deck.

The next 4 part video courtesy of The Pond Digger features a mix of natural and faux rocks that are used to create a basalt column rock bubbler bird bad fountain. Don’t be afraid to add more variety with the types of rocks or plants used and to experiment with new ideas. Another recommendation is to find a spot clear of trees and to avoid placing them in areas where you get lots of falling leaves as that can cause the water to flow out or clog the pump.

Not sure where to buy a faux basalt rock column? Here is a do it yourself tutorial courtesy of Arteolike.

Basalt column fountain installation kits can sometimes be found at your local garden shop. However, this method demonstrates one of the many techniques to creating a faux basalt column. Real basalt rock columns for garden purposes can weigh thousands of pounds and requires heavy machinery to install. That is something better left up to the professionals.

Indoor Water FeaturesThe artificial rock water features such as waterfalls and fountains created by WaterfallNow do not fall under the do-it-yourself category.

Indoor water feature

We have spent many years developing our skills and experience creating custom water features while constantly stepping out of our comfort zone. However, there was a time when we once failed miserably at creating small do-it-yourself water features.

Fast forward to 100’s of water features later we can say that we are definitely much more experienced than we were many years ago.

Whatever your next DIY project, just remember that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t just trying trying hard enough. Get creative. All you really need is a small pump, tubing, drill, screws, glue, and some creativity. Now you have a few examples of how to create quality do it yourself outdoor water features. Start with the basics and maybe someday we can combine our work on the same project.

Hopefully you’ve stumbled across this page because you were looking for some inspiration and found it. Feel free to share your ideas with us on our Facebook page.

DIY Water Fountains

Struggling to budget for a larger waterfall? They don’t come cheap. An alternative is to create something smaller.

Do It Yourself – DIY  Water Fountains

Fountains for the garden come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, they can be made in any size or shape you desire. It is almost a universal fact that people are drawn to waterfalls and the sense of relaxation or connection with nature that they create. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a professional.

Why Are They A Good Investment?

The Chinese design philosophy Feng Shui claims that the sound of flowing water has a positive effect on our overallhealth. Most people who own one will agree that it helps reduce stress which in turn increases happiness and promotes increased physical and emotional health.

So what can you do if you can’t afford to buy one? There are many water features available for virtually any budget so there is almost no excuse not to have one. Smaller water features are also easy enough to create yourself which may save you some money or help you turn junk into art. Just remember that you need the water that goes up to come back down without losing water in the process.

There are many creative ways to create your own water feature. Have an old wine rack? You could use those old wine bottles to create a small fountain. You can create small water features out of almost anything you want using just a small pump, tube, and a prop. Even an old piece of trash could be re-purposed into artwork. No, this does not mean you should turn your old 32 inch LCD TV into a water feature.

DIY Water Fountains

Wine Bottle Fountain

Adding food colouring to the water or different LED lights can make for a more interesting look.

Drinking several bottles of wine at once just to make a fountain is not recommended.

Want To Create DIY Water Fountains or Water Features?

Do it yourself garden water fountains or water feature projects can be made using common tools:

  • Get some rocks (20-40 varying sizes). People post ads for free rocks on Craigslist.
  • Spillway (Flat rock or aluminum/plastic water sheer)
  • Get a Submersible pump: The GPH rating on pumps commonly reflects a 0-1 foot lift so use something a bit larger than expected.
  • More rocks.
  • Tubing. Pump plumbing, sump pump hoses, etc.
  • Pond Liner (EPDM) can be purchased from Home Depot.
  • Leveling tool.
  • Black Foam Spray for cracks and concrete cements to hold importantrocks in place.
  • Sand (Apply an inch layer to the bottom of the hole before the liner).
  • Shovel and pick axe for digging if surface is hard.
  • Wood planks or ladder for accessibility.

Whether you want a water wall, waterfall, fountain, cascading feature or something not listed here you can find a tutorial online. Do a quick search on Google or YouTube for a DIY tutorial on how to create the type of water feature you desire.

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