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Old 07-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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first DIY background

This is a 55g that Ive had for years.
Took it up a notch and did a DIY background.
NOW IM HOOKED ON DIY!
This pic shows goldfish in it (for bio start) but it is a cichlid tank.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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Looks great
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks.
Did another one that someone actually bought.
Finishing up a 10g amphibian/reptile tank.
Also working on a 70g cichlid tank.
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Thanks.
Did another one that someone actually bought.
Finishing up a 10g amphibian/reptile tank.
Also working on a 70g cichlid tank.
I thought about building them to sell. I just don't have enough free time
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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so, how much did it cost you in the end for everything used in this DIY background? i know that it costs more to buy one online, i just want to know what the budget is for something like yours
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It doesn't cost anywhere near what they charge online. I wrote an article found here on them
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/3d-fre...m-backgrounds/

I'd like to hear what the op cost was like compared to buying one online
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
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cost

Ive done 4 aquariums, two 10's a 55 and a 70. I've used almost 1.5 gallons of drylok (latex) with some left over. $22 a gallon at lowes (HAD 2 gallons)

Bought 3 bottles of quikrete color. $6 to $7 a bottle at home depot.

Three cans of Great stuff spray foam. About $5 a can.

I use old styrofoam coolers and pieces. Get them from a friend---FREE.

Exacto knives and all... roughly $75 total for 4 backgrounds with drylok and colors left over.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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forgot silicone

I forgot the most important supply needed!
GE SILICONE 1
About $7 a tube.
So total? Roughly $100 for four displays with supplies left over.
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