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Old 05-11-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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2ft Background build

Started a new background.

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1st render (right) and 2nd coloured render coat (left)


Both sections are now coloured
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Both sides and a few rocks are highlighted. Will see how it dries Note how much lighter coloured the render gets once dry


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Old 05-17-2014, 02:11 AM   #3
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1st coat of sealer on

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Old 05-18-2014, 04:39 AM   #4
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Note the colour difference between the original render and the newer render, it took 4 days for the orginal to dry so i am hoping the new will come into line with the old, if it doesnt i will run a complete light layer of new render over the top, i want it to match! So fingers crossed. I did take note of render/oxide/water mix this time so it should match lol Time will tell. At least with just having to throw i light layer over it will be dry by the weekend, ready to seal again.



Now the black cloth tape: I use this to tidy the tank, this is a very old very well used tank and was looking a bit ratty around the edges, so i tape them so the front of the tank essentially ends up like a picture frame, handy for old tanks.
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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Looks brilliant.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:02 AM   #6
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Tis wet!! Hardscape and substrate in place

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Yep there is a ring in rock, i didnt make enough so will make some more, but they need time to cure. So the ring in will be replaced when new ones are ready and then it will all match in
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That looks phenomenal!!! Now to be negative... it has taken quite a bit of swim space out of your tank, what are you stocking? ?

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Thank you

Now to address the taking up room thing. Cause i get the same thing every time lol

It is only about 6-7cm thick at the back and less than 1cm on the sides. There is still plenty of tank for fish to swim in.
Just because the background is permanant does not mean it magically takes up more space than normal wood, rocks, ornaments or plants. (if this was a heavily planted tank, then along the back would be crammed with plants anyway lol)
I have seen tanks shown that have that many plants in it there is very little water left or decor in them that would take up far more space than this background, they are apparently acceptable, yet it seems to be the backgrounds that get questioned...it is frustrating

As for what i am stocking, i havent fully decided
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This tank is up and running (filtration and heating) and is stocked

I will update with a new and final pic (in this section) once the tank has fully cleared
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Been clear for days, finally had time to grab a pic

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