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Old 04-21-2011, 10:03 PM   #11
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Oops, probably should have also mentioned,
I am loving the pillars, awesome job on the build.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:08 PM   #12
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Viper has a nice thread here about DIY foam backgrounds. I believe he used a resin to coat his creations.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #13
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Current stage of my background

This is my background as it stands right now. Trying not to be lazy and get it finished.
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looks good.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #15
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I too have built my own background however it is not coated in anything yet.
I have noticed someone mentioning not using cement.
Would Drylock work instead?
I am going to use Sikatop 107 2 part waterproof sealer. Also a 2 part marine resin/epoxy would work as well to seal cement or drylock.
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Awesome, thanks for the info on that. I was really scratching my head on what to top coat it with to make it safe.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #17
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I used drylock on mine. I gave it a natural limestone color finish with quickrete concrete tint. I would have done the cement thing but I didn't have the patience to let it cure and leach for weeks on end.
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Will the drylock be safe enough to use in the aquarium? I am sure I read on here somewhere someone advising against it.
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Will the drylock be safe enough to use in the aquarium? I am sure I read on here somewhere someone advising against it.
I have looked at allot of DIY background threads and there have been people that have used drylock but I believe they sealed it with an epoxy. I would really look into the Sikatop 107 it's a two part waterproof sealer, it is 100% nontoxic, safe in potable water sources and can be colored with cement dye. I contacted Nufish a member of a cichlid forum who used it on his DIY background and he has had in his tank for 8 years an it's still holding up with no fish loss. It can be a little expensive but worth it in the long run.
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I am googling it right now. Cheers
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