Since I want the two 29s to look similar, I decided to hold off on starting the Drylok until I had the 2nd one carved. I'm not happy with the 2nd one - maybe because I rushed it, but mostly because the first BG was out of my head, and the second BG was inspired by the rocks along the roadway on my drive to work. I liked the big chunky overhang rocks along the road - but I didn't pull it off well. I was going to put #2 in the top tank - I carved nooks & cranies that I would be able to see from underneath - but I like BG #1 better, so it's going on top.
The colors in the quikrete line are limited (only 3 at my local stores) and they are black, terra cotta, and buff. Buff is pretty darned red, too. No slate colors - so I'm going to lightly spritz some cooler colors on with Krylon. Everything I've read on the various fish sites says it's safe.
I am going to be using brownish/buff/cream colored rocks in the aquariums, so I'm keeping the BG's tones similar. I know the fish would show up better in a dark tank, but hopefully the Krylon in a slate color will tone it down & provide contrast.
The Drylok is so very easy to use - it is just like thickened latex, and it has some fine grit to it. One of the people on the cichlid site added sand to hers - I tried that on my last color & didn't care for it. It's not required to get a gritty texture.
First pics (if I get them in order!) are the BGs with two coats of the dark tinted base (Drylok is white out of the can).
The other two show the colors as of now, and one closeup of the texture.
I'm getting good practice, and by the time I do BGs for the 55s, I'll know what I'm doing! lol
Here is BG #1, with the base coats on;
BG #1 with some colors
BG #2 base coats;
BG #2 with some colors;
Closeup of texure;
It's not quite so warm in color - I photo'd them in the afternoon sun...and don't you know I totally forgot to put any of the colors on the panel that hides the intakes! lol (for #1). Guess I'll do that tomorrow!
I did cover what mixed Drylok I had with aluminum foil and put it in a freezer style ziplock bag to store at room temp. (I mix the colors up in stryofoam cups). It has stayed fresh and workable for the last two days - so if I mix up too much color I don't have to waste the product. Hopefully it will stay moist until I start on the 55s.
More to come later!
~ Cindy ~