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3d backing

Wow 3D rocks! It's not backing but background which is siliconed inside the tank 24hrs before filling.
I don't know how it would look ,has anyone ever used it?

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I think it looks kind of tacky....
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I think it looks kind of tacky....
I agree.but in FAQ section describes how you can hide the equipments behind it!
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these are a lot cheaper;





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I agree,
no offense, but they're sorta gawdy.....
I prefer a simple black background or maybe mirror in
a tank with not much depth.
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personally i think the rainforest one is pretty cool. if it wasnt 138 bucks i would almost consider getting it

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how about making your own using styrofoam and great-stuff

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I think they would look cool if applied properly. You would want to make certain the color of your substrate worked wi the background and aquascape to show a smooth transition from background to foreground.
Here's a link to my favorite DIY 3D background. I swear I am gonna try this soon...
ICE-Forum - How to make a background for your aquarium

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I think they look cool too but would not want to give up tank space to it. I use foil for backing on most my tanks. Have even been known to use gift wrapping paper and cloth.

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I Really Like That One in the link DaFrimpster and that might change what i'm going to use for my background in my paludarium

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I agree. I think it would be really cool for a paludarium, and save a bit of work and frustration for the more artistically challenged among us . I'm assuming that since they say the backgrounds are made of "a hybrid industrial grade foam" that you could attach stuff to them without too much trouble, depending on how hard the stuff is.

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reminds me of these:

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I would not want to give up tank space to it.
Kolkri makes an important point. I like those 3d backgrounds too, but would not want to use these backs unless my tank was 24" deep and can afford to lose a 4-6" of plantable space. I would not want to try them until I had my tank chemistry well under control against algae, so don't attempt this on a recently cycled tank. cleaning algae off painted foam seems like a nightmare. it might be a good idea to choose a 3d background with a ledge'like design so you could use it as a tiered planter as well.


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Call me old fashioned, but I think it looks a bit tacky as well (including the background that Spypet is showing. A mirror would also look kind of silly. I prefer a background that doesn't make you notice anything but the plants (ie, not noticeable). Black or maybe dark blue or white, depending on the setup.
I've read plenty of posts on cichlid-forum.com about folks who make 3d tank backgrounds (rockwalls) out of styrafoam and cement or quickrete. If not done well, however, it can also look tacky. I've seen some that look real and actually have a "wow" factor. I almost made one for my 90g cichlid tank, but glad I didn't b/c here I am 1 yr later converting it to a planted.

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The only reason i would use a 3d background is when i have cichlids or when I'm trying to imitate a habitat . if it was just a normal tank for fish and plants then painting the background black is better .

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