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Old 03-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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realistically painted 3d backgrounds


any thorough videos on painting a home made background realistically?

most of the stuff i'm seeing online is pretty damn basic...
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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I think the reason for the "basicness" of the online backgrounds is that it isn't a good idea to have a background that attracts the eyes away from the plants and fish. It needs to be understated, so it makes the rest of the tank look better, but which doesn't cause anyone to look very long at the background.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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i don't think having a realistic background would be any different than having a realistic plant layout. I've been taking a gander at some model railroad videos describing acrylic techniques. I'm thinking i'll hit up home depot this evening for some drylok and coloring.

ultimately, this is more for a replacement to rocks in the tank as i don't agree with the pricing of rocks and i'm tired of wood.
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This guy did a pretty good step by step DIY background using styrofoam.

http://www.aquariumlife.net/projects...oration/17.asp
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and unfortunately falls apart once it gets time to finishing
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I was lazy and bought one.



Usually every time I DIY something I end up spending more making it than if I just bought it. I did make all 10 of my vivarium backgrounds though. Mostly from Great Stuff.
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thanks, that was amazingly helpful :p
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