OK, I've soaked my background pieces in water for the last week and a half. The only major changes occured on the first and second day with a high pH spike. After doing several water changes the pH seems to have droped back down to 7-7.2 and has remained there for the last few days Gh
were also the same.
Like leoslizards I've read also in numorous sites and forums that a coat of epoxy resin is required but I'm wondering if I still need it since test results show that the pH is settling down.
Oh yeah, pictures will come later (maybe a couple of months later Sorry!!). After reading Sullas' post I've decided to redo my background and try to test out my artistic flair. So the BG that I just made is considered as a test run.