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post #11 of 33 Old 06-30-2007, 01:00 AM
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yeah they do, its pretty funny watching them swim through the the bubbles. I need an idea for the tank background picture though
May I suggest using a plain black background instead of a picture. Black adds depth and makes the tank more look larger and more attractive than a busy, bright, colorful background. And it focuses attention on the fish.
Nice tank though. I like the stones you have in the bottom
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post #12 of 33 Old 06-30-2007, 04:54 AM
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yeah they do, its pretty funny watching them swim through the the bubbles. I need an idea for the tank background picture though
May I suggest using a plain black background instead of a picture. Black adds depth and makes the tank more look larger and more attractive than a busy, bright, colorful background. And it focuses attention on the fish.
Nice tank though. I like the stones you have in the bottom
I agree - plain coloured backgrounds are best IMHO. I wouldn't say it'd have to be black though althoguht black is my personal favourite - that depends on what fish you have. A nice blue can look good as well.

Your tank's looking good!
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post #13 of 33 Old 06-30-2007, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the help and compliments guys. :)
I'm going to try to carve rock wall background out of styrafoam. But I have to find a water safe paint though.
If it doesn't work out I'll just use a plain single color background

here are some pictures of what the tank looks like now.
plants grew and I added 3 river stones in the corner.






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post #14 of 33 Old 07-01-2007, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the 3d background but I can't use it since it will probaly affect my water so I guess I'll just use a sngle color background picture

It was fun making it though :)

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post #15 of 33 Old 07-01-2007, 05:15 AM
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You've done a fantastic job of making the background joelfish!!

If you were to use it - I believe there is some sort of coating you can use to make it tank-safe - but I would be extremely wary of doing so as I'm sure there would be a number of toxic chemicals in the styrofoam.

Another thing about using these types of background in my opinion, is that it is easy for dirt/debris or even fish to become trappped behind them if not very carefully sealed, and they do take up quite a lot of space in the tank, which could significantly reduce your water capacity.

Oh - and your tank looks great :)

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post #16 of 33 Old 07-01-2007, 07:54 AM
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good looking tank
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post #17 of 33 Old 07-01-2007, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the compliments :)
I think I'm going to give the styrFoam idea a shot.
I made another piece. when done I'll paint it with latex paint and seal it with a coat of safe clear epoxy.
I also made it thinner now so it will take up less space. I still have to make the last piece covering the filter.

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post #18 of 33 Old 07-02-2007, 10:57 AM
Great job on your first tank. I love the black skirt tetras - I have them too. They're actually my husband's favorite of all the fish I have. The bala sharks look great, though it is great to hear they will be getting a bigger home soon. Have fun!

Best wishes for your fishes!
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post #19 of 33 Old 07-02-2007, 10:59 AM
Another thought...if you still like your Styrofoam background idea, you can always mount it OUTSIDE the back glass so that you can see it but the chemicals cannot get into the water. This would also prevent it from taking up valuable water space. I would still coat it somehow, though, so that no fumes and such get into the water.

Best wishes for your fishes!
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post #20 of 33 Old 07-02-2007, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Julie. At firts I thought maybe the rock wouldn't be that noticable so I didn't try but after reading your comment I just gave it a shot and it is very noticable. :D I have one problem though, the filter is in the way. I also have to fill the seam where the pieces meet.

the light gave my phone camera a glare , but it looks better in person.



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