DIY Background

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  1. Slummies

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    ello ello!

    Anyone got any great background options other than paiting ur tank?

    I read that guys use tiles at the back of thier tank to make it look texured.

    if you have any interesting DIY backgrounds, please post.... with pics!
     
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  3. FransSny

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    Slummies, I've always had an idea of using base rock (or LR finance permitting), putting it through a bandsaw to create thin slices and sticking them together.

    Just worried about cleaning if one pics up some algea problems etc
     
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    Anything glued to the inside back will eventually become a problem. Either algae that gats a very nice hold onto it, or something else that brings down a piece. leaving a bare patch with just the silicone glue left behind. Eventually it will look cr@p. that is my opinion.

    What might look interesting is to have crushed coral glued on the black backing plastic behind the tank.

    or else just a black or blue backing.
     
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    I have done a back ground with cement and porus rocks it looks very nice but as soon as algea get on it is bad.
     
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    Iv'e also seen guys using polystyrene, which is coated with cement and coulored. The whole panel can then be removed to be cleaned
     
  7. Kunhardt

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    Ya a local reefer here in EL showed me some pics of something similar he did, except he added beach sand as a coating so it looks like real rock work...actually looks really good from the pics.

    Other options are always Perspex, Vinyl and ABS...nothing fancy but give a nicer finish than paint I think.
     
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    Perspex costs an arm and a leg (yesterday Mayzey's qouted me 470 for a piece 300 x 2 mtr ), On my old tank I had ABS and compared to the paint on my new DT's I personally prefer paint (I used Velvaglo and it gave me a very nice even finish)
     
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    I used a piece of black perspex, attached it will clear double sided tape, looks good and can be removed later if needed,
     
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    Kunhardt, who was that? would love to see it?

    btw, are you related to Jess and Sarah?
     
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    Bought myself a 500x500 piece of perspex for my overflow side of the new tank and it cost me R105, not too bad if u getting a small piece but ya its very pricey for larger ones. Vinyl however was cost effective at R53 for a 650x2000 piece. Nothing wrong with paint, just that it doesnt always give u a nice even finish...lol or is that just me :p

    Don't know his name tbh, He is in Finny a lot, older dark hair, with a mistache, quite stocky...have spoken to him quite a few times but never got his name :)

    Hmmm...maybe, the family is quite large on that side and I dont know all of my cousins. If they are Kunhardts definately though :whistling:
     
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    Here is a my background look nice but when algea gets on it its bad
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    Perspex is cool and I've seen someone use window tint film. A lot of flea markets sell it
     
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