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Old 05-03-2011, 03:55 PM   #11
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you can get drylok at any home depot
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:05 PM   #12
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you can get drylok at any home depot
Not in Canada
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:11 PM   #13
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The plan was to have caves behind th eopenings on the right and mesh over the ones on the left.
Here are the "caves" with a coat of drylok

Siliconed in place , I forgot to take a picture but the inside of the cave is painted to match the front of the background.Here you can alos see the fittings for the outflows. Water will flow from the caves into the tank and return to the pump via the openings covered in mesh.

Mesh over the openings

I'll get some pics from the front once this has all cured.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 AM   #14
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test fit into the tank

the filter setup (crappy cell phone pic)

Tank up and running

In the last shot the tank has had water in it for 5 days. I have been using 'Cycle' to help it along before adding fish.
I have to read up on this fishless cycling thing.
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Just tossing ideas around in my head, but if someone went about this method of a dig 3d background, wouldn't it be possible to mix a few different colors of cement in order to make different colored rocks??
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Using cement is one of the ways to do it, howevevr it will leech out chemicals and mess with your water's ph for a while.

Drylok the coating I used can be tinted with the quickcrete dyes I just couldn't find them locally when I was doing mine.
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The background looks AMAZING! Great job. You made it look easy LOL
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The background looks AMAZING! Great job. You made it look easy LOL
Thanks, but truth be told it was easy. I find its the same as most DIY you just need the courage to fail. I had a harder time trying to draw out rocks that didn't look like a garden wall than anything else.

I think the worst part of this was that you find different ways of doing things afterward. Which either means ripping this one apart or ...........now where am I going to put that new tank.
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Maybe I can get inspired enough to give it a try. lol I have a 6 foot tank though so It'd be alot of work I bet.

Great thread though, I may refer back...
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Maybe I can get inspired enough to give it a try. lol I have a 6 foot tank though so It'd be alot of work I bet.

Great thread though, I may refer back...
Carey I am going to start my background soon too. I got inspired after reading this thread, I'll be posting my progress and findings as well.
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