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post #1 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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My DIY Background

If there is one this that I hate about a fish tank, it is being able to see the wires that run behind it. All those store bought backgrounds don't really float my boat to much either. So I got an idea from a friend.
Here is my DIY background. It is spray on, and it is permanent.

Supplies:
-Tank
-Masking tape
-newspaper
-alcohol
-"stone touch" spray paint (found at walmart, lowes, etc)
-Flat color spray paint (to match stoneworks)

The first thing I made sure to do was to properly clean the back glass with alcohol.

Then I masked of my tank


Next was applying several coats of the "stone touch" spray paint. (Back outside glass of tank)


after letting it dry I then sprayed "Flat gray" paint over the other layers to fill in the holes


Waited till it dried, then removed the masking tape


here is a close up of the texture that will be seen in the tank


and here is the tank right after it was set up


Other spray on backgrounds I did the same way (just different color "stone works")



I hope yall enjoyed
comments are welcomed

-mk
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 09:24 PM
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Looks nice! Great idea.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-06-2008, 12:52 AM
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Looks great! I think it would look especially good in a tank with a lot of rockwork, like an African Cichlid tank. I might borrow this idea if I use my 20g that's laying around for shelldwellers.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-06-2008, 04:52 AM
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i think it's fantastic,well done.
i love it. :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-06-2008, 10:45 AM
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I like it, good good. Just when you said permanent, i think I went blind for a second there, hehe no thanks

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-06-2008, 10:48 AM
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Wow, that comes out looking pretty spectacular. I think I'm gonna have to try that out on my next tank.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-07-2008, 12:26 PM
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Fantastic idea, I love the darker coloured one :)

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