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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Your doing almost the exact same thing I want to do this summer, tank size included!

I'll definitely be tagging along here.
This is my first 40, usually I've had 55, and I got to say the dimensions on the 40 are really great.


The pictures are pretty bad it looks much better and much more natural when not in a photo.

when it gets a little slime buildup it should look even better and some plants to obscure some of the lines

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This is my first 40, usually I've had 55, and I got to say the dimensions on the 40 are really great.
The one thing I don't like about 3D backgrounds is that they soak up your depth (front to back). 40B's are about 6" wider than 55's, perfect for putting a background in!
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The one thing I don't like about 3D backgrounds is that they soak up your depth (front to back). 40B's are about 6" wider than 55's, perfect for putting a background in!
+1 I totally agree.

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nice work, can't wait to see how it comes out!

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Giving me ideas for saving up some time to try something like this on my 75. Looks good, can't wait for the plants.

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silicone the background to the back of the tank and the cave things siliconed to bottom of tank. Once they are there they are there for good but they will not float. did same for my daughters tank.
Could you silicone the caves to a thin piece of slate so it won't float, but you can still move it around. It looks great so far, I'm following.


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Could you silicone the caves to a thin piece of slate so it won't float, but you can still move it around. It looks great so far, I'm following.


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This is a really good idea. Moving them would mess up the mgopm, but just being able to be versatile would be great. Even better for tanks that aren't dirted like my daughters.

where were you a few months ago?

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40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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This is a really good idea. Moving them would mess up the mgopm, but just being able to be versatile would be great. Even better for tanks that aren't dirted like my daughters.

where were you a few months ago?
Lol thanks, uh been around just read mostly though haha


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Love it.... I've never done a Styrofoam 3D.... I did 3D for my mbuna tank by using aquarium silicone to attach black Mexican river rock to the back... Only about 1.5" thick.. So it doesn't take up much space
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the styrofoam is 1" thick, if/when I do it a gain will probably go 3/8" or 5/8".

There are many better examples of styrofoam backgrounds out there. this was my second try using foam and was pretty easy, kind of fun, and turned out pretty good.

The negatives is the color ended up being a few shades to light, wish it was darker. It is hard to judge color until you actually have water and the light set up.

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Love it.... I've never done a Styrofoam 3D.... I did 3D for my mbuna tank by using aquarium silicone to attach black Mexican river rock to the back... Only about 1.5" thick.. So it doesn't take up much space

I've seen people use slate like this, but it must add a lot of weight to the tank?

if done right it looks good and the real thing is always more natural looking, but give the background a month or so and it will get some algae and look nice

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40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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I've seen people use slate like this, but it must add a lot of weight to the tank?

if done right it looks good and the real thing is always more natural looking, but give the background a month or so and it will get some algae and look nice
I did mine about a year ago... Bought the tank and stand on Craigslist for $200... The stand was really beat up,, but I sanded it down to bare wood and gave it a turquoise stain with espresso doors and trim.
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75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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post #29 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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The end

This tank was really a lot of fun to set up.

Unfortunately I have never been happy with how it looked, no one else has either.

So down it goes.

The end of this journal.

20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry
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