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Interesting background ideas?

I was recently looking into making a small terrarium and I fell in love with the natural textured looking backing of cork bark.

So I began to wonder- Is there any sort of interesting, 3Dish or textured background I can use in my aquarium?

Cork bark can be used in moist/humid environments, but it would probably rot if it was submerged, huh? Well, I'm sure there's something else to make the back of my aquarium interesting. Let me know if anyone knows of any ideas, please!

I'm in the mood to silicon something, dang it! Hehe.
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Doesn't involve any silicon, but moss walls can look nice after they grow in a bit. There are some links here to give you the idea.

Well, at least my algae is pearling...
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I am currently using a cork board background for my FW planted 75 gal...
IMO it looks great....my camera took a crap....but i posted a few pics in one of the earlier post when i first set up the tank...

i will try and get my work camera to take a shot

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Oh moss backgrounds! I remember reading about those a while back. They are sooo beautiful, don't you think? I had always wanted to try one. Hmmm...

FISA- I looked up the pictures of your 75g with the cork background. Wow! That is really nice! Where did you get it? Is it the some corkboard that is used for tack boards or notice boards?
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I dont know how well this works but I thought it looked cool
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...ackground3.php
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I dont know if this can apply to fish aquariums, but i know ive used/ its been used for terrariums and paludarium tanks. So, i doubt it will effect your fish or plants in any way.

Im talking about the DIY polyeurethane foam backgrounds, from cans like "Great Stuff". You simply spray the stuff onto your back wall, apply silicone, and add whatever (wood, moss, sand etc) you want on it then let it dry.

There is a link on how to do this here http://www.blackjungle.com/gallery/talltank/page1.html

And if you need more ideas on paludarium backgrounds, click this link and click Paludario. http://www.paludario.com/aplicacionp...uregallery.asp
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Wow, those moss walls are cool as hell! My wallet nearly flew out of my pocket for some x-mas moss when I saw those pics. I must've missed the original discussion because this is the first I have heard of moss walls. Just think of how much nutrients a moss wall would suck up! Your algae would be DOOMED! Well....maybe moss wouldn't suck up as much as riccia, since it's much slower growing.
I noticed that all the pictures of the moss walls were taken very close up, rather than showing the whole tank. I wonder if maybe they don't look so great when taken as a whole? Maybe the uniformity of the moss background creates some blandness? I don't know for sure, I am just guessing.
Has anyone here in the forum tried a moss background? They look really easy! I would love to do one of those on my 20 gallon, but before I kick down a bunch of money for the motherload of x-mas moss, I could use some words of wisdom from someone with experience on the subject.
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I like the look of the moss background on the tank. So much in fact that I'm going to collect the materials and give it a shot on my own.
A couple of questions concerning that though...

I'm wondering if the plastic mesh they're talking about is akin to window screening?

If it's plastic and not that bendable, how do you get it to fold to close up the gaps against the back of the tank so fish don't get caught back there?
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A further question would be...

WHERE do you get Christmas moss? I'm pretty sure none of the local LFS's around here carry it.
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They did mention that you want to make sure the screen fits tight to the sides of the tank so your fish can't swim behind it, because it is a fish death trap.
I am picturing the plastic screen that you get at a crafts store. I have bought that before for use with riccia. I imagine when you fold it you would have to push down pretty hard on the edges to get it to fold right. Also, they mentioned in one of the articles that you want to sew the outer edges together with something like fish line.
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What sucks about x-mas moss is that you can buy it, though in small amounts and often it is shipped from Singapore or something. I ordered some from Singapore, but it got too cold in transit and croaked.
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Well that's not good. Certainly there has to be some marketers in the states that can or do carry that type?

If it's that difficult to find, I might change to java moss or another moss that will give somewhat the same appearance.

Another thing I am curious about, is that with my intake to my filter being not too far from that back glass, if it would suck the moss into the intake?
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There is several lots of christmas moss on aquabid right now.
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