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3D background or rock setup with Black background?

Postby Soup3777 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:40 am

which do you prefer?

I've seen some really good 3d backgrounds with the entire back being rocks and only taking up like 2-3" of the tank width.


i have abut 250$ worth of lace rock right now and used most of it in my 75 gallon with a black background.


I cant decide which one i want to do.... how much are good 3d background? they seem expensive...
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Postby Swifterz » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:52 am

I just ordered mine from axiton for $90 total when it gets here ill post pics/vid and review it
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Postby skurj » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:59 am

I just swapped from rocks and a black background to a slimline 3d background yesterday. The water is still clearing but hopefully by tonight I can post a good picture of the new bg. (in my 55g)
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Postby flyingfox272 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:56 pm

I love 3D myself, saving for a Designs by Nature background. I put a home built background in my 46 and I hope to buy one for my 90 soon.
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Postby skurj » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:22 pm

Ok I went from a black background mounted with oil on the outside of the glass to a precut slimline by designsbynature for my 55g here are the photos to compare

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Designs By Nature slimline
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180g CA community sorta
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55g Corner Thor. Ellioti and dithers
15g Ellioti Fry
20g EBJD juvie, and dension barbs
40B Festae Growout
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Postby Soup3777 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:25 pm

K im going 3d background.
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Postby Soup3777 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:30 pm

what are some good sites to get quality 3d backgrounds for cheap
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Postby skurj » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:08 pm

Mine came from designsbynature not cheap but judge for yourself. Matt was really good, and responded to my questions really quickly.
180g CA community sorta
55g standard - Lake Tang Community
55g Corner Thor. Ellioti and dithers
15g Ellioti Fry
20g EBJD juvie, and dension barbs
40B Festae Growout
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Postby BullyBuddies » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:14 am

The black background can really make a nice contrast with the fish. I wish I painted it on though.
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Postby Hatter » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:22 am

Skurj, I love that background. Can you tell me about that big holy rock on the right?
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Postby skurj » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:39 pm

Hatter I got that fake plastic holey rock from Petsmart, its a Top Fin branded ornament.
180g CA community sorta
55g standard - Lake Tang Community
55g Corner Thor. Ellioti and dithers
15g Ellioti Fry
20g EBJD juvie, and dension barbs
40B Festae Growout
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Postby 13razorbackfan » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:47 pm

How do you get your filter intakes over the 3d background?
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Postby skurj » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:08 pm

13razorbackfan wrote:How do you get your filter intakes over the 3d background?


I just cut the background, I originally was planning to have an ac110 so I actually cut alot more of the background than I needed to. Thats when I found a spray bar kit for the 405. So now I just made a rectangle cut down far enough so that both the inlet and return can still use the suction cup to the glass. For the spray bar I drilled holes large enough to accept some vinyl tubing just large enough to accept the C clips that hold the spray bar.

In the end I am happy with the way it turned out, the only cut thats real obvious is the one I made for the original return from the canister, that cut wasn't used once I went with the spray bar. I do have all of the pieces I cut out, so I could glue them back in to hide them. I might get some Gel super glue and do that in the future.

Task still to tackle.. inline heater...
180g CA community sorta
55g standard - Lake Tang Community
55g Corner Thor. Ellioti and dithers
15g Ellioti Fry
20g EBJD juvie, and dension barbs
40B Festae Growout
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Postby Dj823cichild » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:10 pm

Sku I used to have that rock work as well! :P It was a lil pricey about 50 bucks but it was sweet when I had it. Your 3d background is sick :thumb:
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Postby skurj » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:12 pm

BullyBuddies wrote:The black background can really make a nice contrast with the fish. I wish I painted it on though.


You have a point, with my tangs they aren't exactly the most colourful fish and my cyps especially blend in against the background. In the end though... if I have the cash I will go a background before black any day.
180g CA community sorta
55g standard - Lake Tang Community
55g Corner Thor. Ellioti and dithers
15g Ellioti Fry
20g EBJD juvie, and dension barbs
40B Festae Growout
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