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Old 12-07-2013, 03:48 AM   #1
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I started my 3D background tonight...

Well, I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks now, and I decided I might as well just go for it.

My designs going in a 48x24x18 tank. It will measure 43x22x11 with cutouts for the heater and 2 filters. I'm using 1" board and GE1 silicon.

I'm going for a sharper shale-type layered look as opposed to the smooth river-rock look. I started out thinking that I'd build the wall on these back-boards and install the whole thing, but the more I think about it, I believe I'm just going to continue using the backboards as a guide to keep it straight and just install the to rocks without the backing boards.

I think I've got a couple off design tricks up my sleeve on the design to help set it off a little. More pics to come as i get the design updated. Thoughts and constructive criticism welcome.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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That's going to look sweet.. Please keep us updated
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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that looks very time consuming hot knifing all those little pieces of foam to look like rock. but in the end that should look sweet!
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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Not much of an update, but it's coming along great. I'll post a pic of the progress thus far when I get home.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:22 AM   #5
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Status update: I'm getting close to being finished. I took a little detour on the original plan... I got the bright idea of adding a literal " rift" in the rock design after talking to a friend about my cichlids natural habitat rift lakes...I remember seeing these sort of upheavals on the shale rock cliffs they surround Greers Ferry lake. I'm a nerd. I'm ok with that.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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Looks amazing . Great job
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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That's gonna looking freaking sweet when its all done. I wish I had the skills to do that. And the tank. Lol
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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So far I've gotten my 3rd coat of Drylok on. I had it tinted light grey at Home Depot. Did 1 coat of that, then did second with charcoal color added. I muddied this coat up with some buff and red to make a brown. Probably do one more big coat before start detailing is with a destroyed dry brush.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:37 PM   #9
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Looking good !!
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:20 AM   #10
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I put another 8/10 of a full coat of charcoal over the muddy color. I then began using a destroyed brush to dry brush coats of Drylok on there that changed shades and got lighter each time. I'd say i probably put 7 layers of dry brush on there to get the texture I was looking for. Some random pictures of progress and the final product:
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