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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 24, 2003 at 15:30:57:
In Reply to: buliding?.... posted by gyke on April 24, 2003 at 15:01:41:
:How did you build them and what did you use?
They were built into 3'x3' exhibits at a zoo. The ponds were built is a semi-circle fashion up to the glass front of the exhibit.
The exhibits were plywood carcasses sealed with epoxy. I first drilled through the plywood and installed PVC plumbing.
Next I took a piece of stainless lath (for plaster) and cut a piece that I wrapped in the semi-circle fashion up against the front glass. The lath was stapled to wooden frame that supported the glass front.
Next I mixed up portland, sand, glue, and concrete dye and coated the lath to make fake-rock pool. I also filled (with concrete) the bottom of the pool up to the height of the plumbing.
The junction between the wood/glass front and the concrete pool was sealed with polyurethane caulk.
The pool was sealed with a concrete sealer.
The exhibits came out VERY nice and held water for years.
All of the above could be easily done with plaster, paint, and epoxy.
There are also options with PVC if you want something similar but more low-tech, easier to clean, etc.
Let me know the following and I'll see if I can help:
1) What species is this for?
2) How big of a pool do you want (approximate diameter and depth)
3) What are you building the pool into (aquarium, wooden cage, etc.?