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Aquarium / Fish Tank Pipework / Pipes Ornament Parts - Steampunk

by BigMrTong Jan 27, 2019
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Did you make the stand, canopy, and frame parts as well? The whole tank is awesome.

Yes I scratch built the whole thing including the glass tank. I got to use all my skills, Welding, Woodwork, Electronics, Modelling and of course 3D printing :-) There was a massive build thread online with pictures of everything from a empty workbench to the full running of the tank, but all the pictures were on Photobucket and they blocked the lot when they turned evil !

OMG I remember following this build years ago on PFK!! Had no clue you'd printed the stuff, it was before I got into 3dp

Wow I didn't know many people saw my magazine articles and features. Yes this was in Practical Fish Keeper. I have made a few more as commissions since that. Initially they were partial 3D print and a lot of hand sculpting with Milliput. Now as the technology has come on they are fully 3D print.

Wonderful Design!!! Nice job. Maybe if use PETG, PLA or other material, is less toxic, but that you say. With resining all, is isolated and then not's a problem to the water and the fishes. In any case, is a great design. Congratulations!!

PLA degrades in water, but I think your right PETG is the ideal if your going to use the prints as is.

You said you printed this in ABS i'm surprised it's not toxic to the fish. or did you coat it in plasti-dip or something? It's my understanding ABS leeches chemicals into the water. but it seems I have been misinformed if you have had this in a saltwater tank for 2 years.

ABS is fish safe, I think you've been misinformed

I'm not sure, but after adding paint effects I covered the whole thing in resin anyway.

Great design! What type of resin do you use? Starting a new tank and want to print my decor.

I use the West system stuf. Picture added.