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Old 07-09-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Starting DIY 3D background

Well I've been wanting to do this project for years and having recently got back into the hobby and suffering from MTS I just picked up a nice 55g. After having recently built a DIY dart frog vivarium background ("startup PDF vivarium" thread) I am confident and excited to start this build. I am shooting to build a background that has alot of depth and incorporates overhanging rock outcrops and caverns for hiding spots all while maintaining as much bottom surface area as possible and also concealing all my equipment. I planning this tank for my frontosa fry and some petricola catfish. I also want to throw some low maintenance plants in aswell to add some colour. I will update with pics as I progress and look forward to everyone's feedback.
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see what you come up with! I am making one as well feel free to ask me any questions and I will share what I have learned. I have a thread in DIY 90 gallon build/rebuild.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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I checked out your thread and it's looking awesome. What did you use to remove the film on the glass? I have a little bit of film around the top of my project tank and want something non toxic to try to remove it with. I do like the depth you have to your background, that's pretty much what I was trying visualize, Want to incorporate hiding spots/caves so I can keep the rest of the tank open with the exception of a few plants for colour. I'm gonna try to build mine by making one big thick chunk and carving the rocks out, I'm paranoid if I adhere the "rocks" they may break free over time. I'm gonna be going with concrete since I live in a small town that has very limited selection. As far as attaching everything I've only been able to find DAP 100% silicone for windows and doors, from what I've been able to find it's ok to use. As long as it's 100% and doesn't have mildew inhibitors it should be good right?
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:14 AM   #4
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One solid piece of foam is allot simpler to work with and I kind of wish I had gone that route with mine, it just requires a little more planning on the lay out and how all the "rocks" fit together

After I got all my individual pieces attached and sealed they are really solid. I was worried about them breaking off initially but I think I am in the clear. Silicone will work just fine as long as it doesn't have the additives. Just make sure it's 100% silicone.
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Oh and for the film razor blades and rubbing alcohol.
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So I went into my local hardware store and they carry sika stuff so they are going to look into getting me some sikatop 107. So using it do I apply my concrete first then once it's cured but the sikatop on? Or can I just apply sikatop?
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I only used the Sikatop, it works best in a 1:2 ratio liquid to mix. That's the ratio I use to paint it on.
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Ok that's cool, what is the natural color of the sikatop? I'm looking to get A color like concrete.
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Ok that's cool, what is the natural color of the sikatop? I'm looking to get A color like concrete.
It's grey like concrete, I just added cement dye to mine.
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Sounds perfect, I honestly didn't think I could get it here. How much was it?
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