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Old 06-13-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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What do you guys think of 3D tank backgrounds?

Too expensive, or totally worth it?

These things seem a little hard to believe. Put them in your tank, and BOOM! Instant environment? Does anyone here have one?



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Old 06-13-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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check out the DYI threads loads of ideas on how to do your own on the cheap
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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If you can afford it go for it, I think that both the amazon and the rocks (2nd & 3rd picture) look awesome; besides you don't have to wait after you have installed it to add your fish. The DIY pathway is fun if you have the time but it also can get a little frustrating when you don't get the results you want
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 AM   #4
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I'd be paranoid about not getting a perfect seal and nutrients settling behind the background
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:31 AM   #5
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I'd be paranoid about not getting a perfect seal and nutrients settling behind the background
Me too and I would have to buy a tank slightly bigger than usual because I would feel like it takes up valuable space haha
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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I'd be paranoid about not getting a perfect seal and nutrients settling behind the background
that's why you put the filter behind the background or add an airstone
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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If you have to put the filter behind it, how is it secured in? Doesn't the big wall greatly diminish total circulation? How is it attached?
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you glue it to the sides of the tank of that way you can use all the space that is left behind to hide the heater, filter, CO2 diffuser and anything else you have; it does reduce circulation but if you install it properly it can be minimized.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:52 AM   #9
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I wouldn't say instant environment more like instant aesthetically pleasing. I think it can be worth it as far as looks. I bought a 3D background and its sitting in an empty tank waiting to be set up. They can be expensive so DIY does look like a good alternative but IMO the DIY backgrounds (with the exception of very few) don't look as good as the ones you buy. I got mine for a cheap price from one of my LFS. Got lucky.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #10
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Aside from a small amount of circulation over the top of the background, I don't see how it wouldn't choke off circulation if you put everything behind it. Anyone have a picture of installing it in this manner?
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