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Today I had enough of my mirrored background on my 40 gallon and I decided to do a lil diy project to fix it. I'm going to cover the back and perhaps that sides with sheets of styrofoam and then add some layers and texture to the sheets. Then cover the styrofoam in concrete and acrylic paints. I hope to get results at least half-way close as good as Killarbee's diy'd background.
So far I have not made much progress because I ran out of silicone. Turns out one tube isn't going to be enough. I have only got the back covered with styrofoam so far, tomorrow night when I get back from the CSU game and am sober I will get some more silicone and continue with my project.
Here are some pics of my progress so far.
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keep posting, this will be educational!
 

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I should say before I started siliconing the styrofoam in I cleaned the inside with rubbing alcohol a couple times to make sure the tank was clean.
When the tank was dry I siliconed the sheets in. I put lots of silicone on the back of the sheets and siliconed the sides of the strips, this will hopefully keep water from getting behind the styrofoam.
I left a strip on one side where my powerhead and heater will go. I didn't want to try and hide my equip behind the bg, with an emp4 it would be hard.
After putting the sheets in I added layers and terrain to the sheets.

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I had to keep an area clear so my emp4 would fit.
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Here's the lil guy that will be in this tank when it is all done
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**Do this in a well ventilated area, I think I am a lil high on these fumes...

keep posting, this will be educational!
Will do!

Next I will be adding the first coat of cement.
 

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keep us posted on your project. cant wait to see it when your all done.
 

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Did some more work on the background today with "great stuff" My levels were rather extreme and I wanted to smooth them out some so I used some "great stuff", which is the yellow foamy stuff you seen in this picture.
Next step is sanding the great stuff once it dries to make the concrete stick better, then laying the first layer of concrete.
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is the center brace broken on that tank?
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very interesting chuck.. at this point i am having quite a time imagining what this is going to look like when you are through.. lol again.. interesting!
 

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Any suggestions are welcomed, this is my first time doing this
 

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it is looking good so far. i can't offer any advice, but i hope to learn more thru this thread... keep posting your progress. GL!
 

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Any suggestions are welcomed, this is my first time doing this
Paint/concrete/whatever it before you silicone it in the tank.
 

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Any suggestions are welcomed, this is my first time doing this
Paint/concrete/whatever it before you silicone it in the tank.
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Any suggestions are welcomed, this is my first time doing this
Paint/concrete/whatever it before you silicone it in the tank.
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Make your styrofoam wall with whatever pieces you want. Paint/Concrete it on the side that will be seen. On the back, it doesn't need concrete. After the concrete is dry, put silicone on the back and then stick it in place. This way you keep concrete from drying on the sides and back of your tank.
 

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Any suggestions are welcomed, this is my first time doing this
Paint/concrete/whatever it before you silicone it in the tank.
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Make your styrofoam wall with whatever pieces you want. Paint/Concrete it on the side that will be seen. On the back, it doesn't need concrete. After the concrete is dry, put silicone on the back and then stick it in place. This way you keep concrete from drying on the sides and back of your tank.
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Thought about doing that but if it dosen't fit when I am all done that would suck, I wouldn't want to saw it to get the dims right. This way is better, I added some concrete last night, I taped up the glass but not the bottom because I don't care if it is on the bottom, my sand will cover it up. Will post an update tonight after the second concretin'
 

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Cool. I'll be checking back. I think I am going to to this soon. There is a real good one @ www.cichlid-forum.com as well
 

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Cool. I'll be checking back. I think I am going to to this soon. There is a real good one @ www.cichlid-forum.com as well
Yeah that guys is awesome, I think it is done on a 150 which would be a hella lot a work. Mine is just a 40 and I just spent 4 hours on the concrete! So I applied the concrete today, it's looking good! I am going to touch it up tomorrow and add some paint to it. I have acrylic paint right now but I think I am going to take it back and get concrete pigment, not so sure about the acrylic paint, anyone knows if it is safe? Says, "water resistant".
The styrofoam and "great stuff" was just a foundation for my shapes, the concrete is what really gave my background its shape.
Let me know what yall think, look good, bad, horrible, stellar, etc.? Suggestions?

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thats looking excellent!


And I would go for the concrete pigment, as I think overtime the acylic could be harmful to your fish.
 

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thats looking excellent!


And I would go for the concrete pigment, as I think overtime the acylic could be harmful to your fish.
Yeah your right, I just got back from Home Depot with some pigment, it's cheaper than acrylic paint too!
 

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Nice coming along great, take some pics when water is in it.
 
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