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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Diy background african cichlids

Can someone tell me how to do this, i've seen many on youtube and am dying to make one for my own tank.
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so all diy backgrounds are styrafoam coated with like cement or other fish friendly coatings?
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I prefer to use high density polystyrene foam (the pink or blue insulation sheets) because it's easier to carve and create details with. I also prefer to coat with tinted Drylok rather than cement because it goes on easier, takes less time to cure, doesn't really alter your GH/KH/ph and is more resilient and doesn't chip off.

If you check out my paludarium build thread in my sig I have a bunch of pics of the background construction for that tank.



This thread also has some details of the background construction for my 65g:

http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/fo...&highlight=65g

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Its very labor intensive, but there's a guy from Sweden who's building a really cool background on DIY Fishkeepers.

http://diyfishkeepers.com/forum/show...mno-Background

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I prefer to use high density polystyrene foam (the pink or blue insulation sheets) because it's easier to carve and create details with. I also prefer to coat with tinted Drylok rather than cement because it goes on easier, takes less time to cure, doesn't really alter your GH/KH/ph and is more resilient and doesn't chip off.

If you check out my paludarium build thread in my sig I have a bunch of pics of the background construction for that tank.



This thread also has some details of the background construction for my 65g:

http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/fo...&highlight=65g


Wow those are amazing. Looks like a public aquarium display. I would make them and sell them.
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I prefer to use high density polystyrene foam (the pink or blue insulation sheets) because it's easier to carve and create details with. I also prefer to coat with tinted Drylok rather than cement because it goes on easier, takes less time to cure, doesn't really alter your GH/KH/ph and is more resilient and doesn't chip off.
this is what I did, much better than other methods. in addition to carving I use acetone to give additional detail.

it's really pretty easy to do.

I would make several backgrounds for practice to sort of learn how to work it and paint it.

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