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mkirby258 10-05-2008 05:58 PM

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
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4815.jpg

Next was applying several coats of the "stone touch" spray paint. (Back outside glass of tank)
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4816.jpg

after letting it dry I then sprayed "Flat gray" paint over the other layers to fill in the holes
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4817.jpg

Waited till it dried, then removed the masking tape
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4818.jpg

here is a close up of the texture that will be seen in the tank
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4822.jpg

and here is the tank right after it was set up
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4823.jpg

Other spray on backgrounds I did the same way (just different color "stone works")
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_3530.jpg
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...8/IMG_4796.jpg

I hope yall enjoyed
comments are welcomed

-mk

jeaninel 10-05-2008 08:24 PM

Looks nice! Great idea.

iamntbatman 10-05-2008 11:52 PM

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.

willow 10-06-2008 03:52 AM

i think it's fantastic,well done.
i love it. :)

kritas 10-06-2008 09:45 AM

I like it, good good. Just when you said permanent, i think I went blind for a second there, hehe no thanks

Tyyrlym 10-06-2008 09:48 AM

Wow, that comes out looking pretty spectacular. I think I'm gonna have to try that out on my next tank.

Amphitrite 10-07-2008 11:26 AM

Fantastic idea, I love the darker coloured one :)


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