Put a bottle in your tank

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  1. Paul B

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    Yes, I realize most people don't like putting phony looking stuff in their tank and I also hate things like sunken shops, sunken planes, sunken chests etc, but I do like putting natural stuff in my tank. In the 45 years since I have been diving I have seen all sorts of things under water from boots to Oldsmobiles. I never put a boot in my tank and I think I would have a problem with the transmission fluid if I tried to put an Oldsmobile in there, aside from the fact that it wouldn't fit through my front door. But every where I have dove, from Australia to Tahiti, to the Mediteranian, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the US I have always found bottles. So, to me, they are a natural part of the reef. Oldsmobiles are also except for the problems I mentioned. Now, throwing a bottle in your tank is stupid and it would look silly so you have to first do some things to the bottle to age it first.
    A finished bottle looks like this. This was a new bottle that I "built" to look like this and I think it looks natural. If you don't think so or if the thought of a bottle in your tank makes you nauseous, go and watch TV, I think Oprah may be on.
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    To make this, I first find a bottle, or go to the liquor store and buy something. After you drink it, wait a day to sober up. Then sandpaper the bottle to get all the shine off.
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    After all the shine is off and it is scratched up, make sure you are still sober and put the bottle in a paper bag and lightly hit it with a hammar.
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    Take out all the larger pieces and throw out the small ones. Making sure you are still sober figure out how the pieces go together taking care not to cut yourself to many times. If this seems hard or if you are a Sissy, go with that other guy and watch Oprah, I think she is giving away Oldsmobiles.
    Using Goop glue or aquarium silicone, glue the larger pieces together. I prefer Goop as it is very sticky. Leave a large piece out.
    Neatness does not count at all, sloppy is better and if you cut yourself don't bleed to much on the bottle as the cement won't stick.
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    Go out to dinner and have a nice glass of merlot, maybe keep the bottle for the next time. After it cures, take a Dremmel tool with a carbide wheel and grind down the sharp edges, even on the inside. "Wear Goggles" or you may be a guest on Oprah as a guy with glass in his eye. Get all the edges dull. This only takes a couple of minutes.
    Then mix some Sakrete mortor mix or cement, wet the bottle and smear cement all over the bottle trying not to be neat.
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    Let it cure a day or two. Go out to dinner again and this time have some Pino Noir, it is better. Put another coat of cement on the bottle. The next day do it again only now, blob some on in a place or two. Now if you like you can cement on an oyster shell, rock or picture of your X girlfriend.
    Don't smooth anything out, the sloppier, the batter and if your X girlfriend was really homely, that is even better.
    Let the thing cure in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks and throw it in your tank and glue some corals to it. Have it partially sunk in the bottom and put some rocks on it. You will be the envy of all the fish geeks and your ugly old girlfriend will never come to bother you again.
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    There are 11 bottles in my reef. The Idea is to place them so they are hard to see, but you do get glimses of them. Don't just put them in the front with nothing partially hiding them. They make an interesting addition and even if you can't keep fish alive for more than 10 minutes, most of the comments will not be about your dead fish. Most people will just want to know why you put a bottle in there.
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  3. Paul B

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    The sanding and cement is not just for the shape. Coraline algae grows much faster on cement than on glass and in a short while, like a few months, the bottle will take on a coating that will make it look like Colombus threw it off the Santa Maria after he got a Dear John letter from his girlfriend who also was homely.
    You need a fine coat of cement all over the bottle or it will never look quite right. You don't want it to look like you just threw a bottle in there, you may as well put in a treasure chest as it will never look aged.
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    I like the idea..
     
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    Very cool idea and definitely worthwhile. I see some chain in the last one as well!
     
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    Very nice. I dug up an old milk bottle that I will use.

    The chain in the tank is also very authentic. Any worries about rust or something poisoning your LS or SPS/LPS?
     
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    awesome.. I'll definitely give it a go. like the chain as well. I've read on the internet about people putting steel wool in their tanks so it can rust because apparently rust is good for the reef. or if it the iron (Fe) that is actually beneficial and in small quantities
     
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    Pretty cool!
     
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    Please tell me that is a plastic chain.:)
     
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    It looks AWESOME..!! I also Enjoyed the Dinner every night, the time to properly sober up, and the Ophrah comments!! - I enjoyed reading this tremendously.!!:1:
     
  12. Paul B

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    The chain I made out of an acrylic rod and a propane torch.
     
  13. Haaibek

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    Looks great, that bottle belong in a 40 year old tank.
     
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