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post #11 of 17 Old 03-08-2007, 09:08 PM
Why don't you paint it? Backgrounds really can enhance an aquascape. Looking at air lines, power cords, water lines and tubing, now that's tacky.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-10-2007, 02:53 AM
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You can use black garbage bags...just spread a small amount of veggie oil on the back of the tank and stick the bag to it. Trim as necessary and use a sponge or credit card (use a light touch so you don't rip the bag) and push out all the air bubbles. If you find after a while you don't like it, just peel it off and wipe down the back of the tank.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-14-2007, 01:34 PM
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Hi Shavon,

You can make your own 3d-background if you're a bit handy. Then you've got an unique background. I made mine 2 years ago.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-15-2007, 05:34 AM
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I know you said that you didn't want to tear apart your tank to do your BG, but here is one that I made. the people at that site are really big into stuff like that. It wasn't hard to do, it looks great, and it eventually gets covered in a lush layer of green algae!

you should try it!

Smile, it makes people wonder what you're up to.
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-17-2007, 04:02 PM
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What looks realy good is if you get a thin wire mesh and bend and curv it and put it and the back wall of the tank may sound silly but realy does look good. espicaily when the lite glimmers off it :D . But to any one that way going to do it I would say only do it if you dont have any small fish like tetras because they may get traped in little gaps
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-05-2007, 08:20 PM
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I got a plain black background and two sided taped it the the to and bottom of the back of the tank. I buy different backgrounds and cut them to the size of the glass. Then I slide it in between the tank and the bacl background. Whe I get bored of that background, I take it out and turn it over to see a differnt one. Or I go and buy another background to use. I usually have at least 4 so I never get bored of the background being the same all the time. I wanted a 3D one, but found that all my hoses and stuff had nowhere to suction cup onto and neither did my heaters. I didn't want everything on the side of the tank.

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-05-2007, 10:34 PM
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-Is it salt of freshwater? You can use pond foam or handy foam (foster n smith have pond foam and you can get handy foam at home depot and maybe lowes)

-Coraline algae will cover the back of the tank over time, and with foam you can get a little bit of a texture also. It'll end up looking just like LR

-If you're going the freshwater method, you could attach some java moss of java ferns to the back, or sprinkle any type of substrate/driftwood bits while it's still wet to make the background look a bit more realistic.
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