DIY Background - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
DIY Background

So I am planting my 75G tank. I want to add some sort of DIY background. I have read many post on here but wanted some info from the experts. I was thinking about cork bark... but I saw one post that said that the bark would not hold up in the water. Then I thought of the great stuff type of background. I am not sure what the best approach is. Any help you guys could give me would be great. I just want something different from the plain, solid background...
bighollywood is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 03:44 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Jackson TN, U.S.A.
Posts: 470
Something like this, maybe?
NatCh is offline  
post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 03:45 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
GeToChKn's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,116
What most people do is take some stryofoam and carve basic shapes into it, glue on any cliffs or stuff that they want, then coat the whole thing in a product called drylock. You can mix sand with the drylock or colors or paint it afterwards. Apparently there is a new drylock out too that has the sand textures and other textures in them.

Heres a cool one you can follow along as they built it.

http://www.turtleforum.com/forum/upl...=125081&st=160 Starts down that page and keeps going.

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

Sump Pimp #2


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GeToChKn is offline  
 
post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
So will the drylock method hold up?
bighollywood is offline  
post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
So I purchased some foam insulation today and Lowes. I also got some drylock. I am going to start on the background today.
bighollywood is offline  
post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
here is some progress

I put some of the foam together and did a little work on the tree in the middle of the tank. Let me know what you think. Dont know much about the vine looking things. I am going to wait until it dries and add some other colors to the tree trunk.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1326.JPG
Views:	68
Size:	112.0 KB
ID:	38602  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1329.JPG
Views:	126
Size:	130.3 KB
ID:	38603  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1330.JPG
Views:	67
Size:	125.1 KB
ID:	38604  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1331.JPG
Views:	84
Size:	105.4 KB
ID:	38605  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1333.JPG
Views:	71
Size:	124.7 KB
ID:	38606  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1335.JPG
Views:	171
Size:	174.2 KB
ID:	38607  

bighollywood is offline  
post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 06:20 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
MARIMOBALL's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 990
Wow its looking great.
if the tree trunk was angeled a bit it would look more natural plus off centered would help.

ADA 120P x2 Iwagumi ADA 75P, 60Px3, 30Cx3 ADA Mini S solar (LED) Mini M solar Do!aqua Mini M


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MARIMOBALL is offline  
post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (84/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 21,012
It would look more real if the "trunk" didn't extend down in the water, just roots. Trees growing at the edge of the water get dirt washed out from under them, giving you that look. (Notice that we critics are great at talk, but you are the one who is doing the real work!)

Hoppy
Hoppy is offline  
post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
Yeah i thought about taking some of the tree out and just leave the roots. But I thought that with planting and with the sand and substrate, it would cover up some of that. I hope to get the final painting done and add some detail work to the rocks soon. Then I will put it in the tank and see where the substrate will hit the background. If I slope to the back, it will cover even more of it up.
bighollywood is offline  
post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 12:53 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
SlammedDC2's Avatar
 
PTrader: (26/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN
Posts: 1,574
Looks good man, curious to see how it turns out. good luck

Quote:
Originally Posted by GeToChKn View Post
What most people do is take some stryofoam and carve basic shapes into it, glue on any cliffs or stuff that they want, then coat the whole thing in a product called drylock. You can mix sand with the drylock or colors or paint it afterwards. Apparently there is a new drylock out too that has the sand textures and other textures in them.

Heres a cool one you can follow along as they built it.

http://www.turtleforum.com/forum/upl...=125081&st=160 Starts down that page and keeps going.
I have been in the thread for the last few hours, that thing is awesome. I think I've found something new to play with as I'm not real happy with my turtle tank.

Semper Fi
SlammedDC2 is offline  
post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
I am having a hard time making the tree bark look natural in color. I have some of the cork bark and i am sitting it beside my project to match colors. the browns I have are more red. I am going to let it dry completly and try to dry brush on some accent colors.
bighollywood is offline  
post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
kamikazi's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lincolnton, NC
Posts: 2,245
be sure to use plenty of silicone to hold it in the tank. I did foam, drylock and it looked great but I didn't want to silicone it in, so I thought if I put enough rock inside the hollow portions I could make it sink. I probably had at least 20-30 lbs of rock inside the foam structure I made and it still floated. So I set it aside and decided I would come back to the that project later, when I was ready to redo the tank.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
kamikazi is offline  
post #13 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
bighollywood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (20/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 292
So you are saying that I need to silicone it onto the back of the tank? I was not sure how to do it. I just thought if i wedged it into the tank and used the substrate to anchor it down it would hold. Guess I will have to play with it some.
bighollywood is offline  
post #14 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 11:13 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
GeToChKn's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,116
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlammedDC2 View Post
Looks good man, curious to see how it turns out. good luck



I have been in the thread for the last few hours, that thing is awesome. I think I've found something new to play with as I'm not real happy with my turtle tank.
What kind do you have?

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

Sump Pimp #2


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GeToChKn is offline  
post #15 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 11:18 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (23/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Christiansburg, Va
Posts: 2,757
bighollywood, if you're interested, I have a journal where I made my first two DIY foam and Drylok backgrounds for two 29 gallon tanks. It's in my signature. You could skip around & read the parts about the building of the backgrounds (and siliconing them in) - it's very easy to do, and I had a blast. I'm going to build the same kind of DIY BGs for two 55s and a 55g riparium that will be modified to have a craggy wall holding plants.
The ones in the 29g journal have been up & running a few months with no problems - I read various posts on a cichlid site, under their DIY forum...

The Fraternity of Dirt # 7 - Daughter of the Dirt - Canon Club #018
Twin 29g Dirt Tanks on an Iron Stand - DIY 3D Backgrounds

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

The Behemoth - 125 dirt tank

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
driftwoodhunter is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome