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diy background help

So I'm having a problem finding a background for my new tank. It's a 26 gal bowfront so all of the petsmart/Petco backgrounds won't fit. Now I'm looking into some DIY backgrounds. I was wo.dering if anyone could share what they use as a background. Also I would prefer not to paint the tank.
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I've heard of people using black contact paper, but I personally have not been able to find it anywhere in plain black. If you're worried about the paint sticking, latex paints peel off like a glove...
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i heard some people raving about "pasti dip"
it is still essentially paint, so if your not into that you could always do some vinyl or something...
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Read my 125G reef thread. I am building a foam / coral / cement background for my reef tank. There are also many videos on youtube on the subject. A little research would go a long way.

http://www.3reef.com/forums/show-off...ld-131766.html
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Look in fabric stores. I found a black background with scattered fern leaves. Looks nice, subtle background, better than all those pictures that take over the tank. I also found a mixed blue marbled fabric, and the same pattern in green. Both of these are also subtle enough to work as backgrounds, generally deep enough colors with just a enough lighter colors to make it not look like all one color.
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Diana I love the fabric background idea! I never would have thought to use fabric. How do you attach it to the back of the tank?

Hingedthinker I never even thought of building a 3d background for the tank. My bf had built one for his newt tank and labored over it for a month. In the end he hated the way it eventually looked and took it out. I have a pretty good idea of how I want to set this tank up and I'm not sure if a 3d background would fit. But i love the way you had started yourself do you have any updated pics of it?
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I agree with the 3D background idea, they look awesome and they're pretty cheap to make. I'll be starting on one for a gecko tank this weekend.

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i have made a couple in the past out of pink insulation board.

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My latest backdrop is a clear plastic drop sheet from the dollar store. It stretched tight and would be completely wrinkle free if I had worked at it longer. Packing tape does a good job sticking it down. It is meant to be like frosted glass stuff and just obscure the wall behind. It also reduces the sharp contrast between the shadow and light on the wall.


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Thick cardboard would work; I have a light blue color on my Betta tank and was thinking of doing black for my 40. But I also had the idea of making a background in an image editing program (like Photoshop)....maybe some blues melting into browns. I'd have to laminate the sheets and then attach them together, not sure how it would look but it was just an idea I thought I'd share. I also thought of using fabric as Diana mentioned; I have some fabric wrapped around the bottom of the tank's stand as it's open and looks horrid with the canister and all the supplies under there so I attached a cloth around the stand with some Velcro; figured the same idea could be used behind the tank as well but I haven't done it yet.


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Tape does not stick well to fabric, but I used electrical tape and lots of it. Since the rims on most of my tanks are black it does not show at all. Just be really careful to stick it to the full length of the fabric.
Sticky Velcro would probably have been better. Sew the Velcro to the fabric (even though it is sticky Velcro) and stick it to the corners of the tank frame.
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Wow Chad thats amazing carving work there!!

Diana, that would be a great way for fabric, you could even change them out often for holidays and what nots with the velcro idea. ^^

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Chad that is awesome! How long did it take you to do that?

Pinkrasbora I like your holiday idea. Thats pretty cute
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thanks Pink and baby

It took me a LONG time. That one was the first that i had ever attempted. I would carve a little and walk away. Come back, stare at it, then carve a bit more......i did that for a few months for that one.


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I wouldnt have the patience to carve and walk away. Would be one of those, sit down and not move till done !!

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