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125 Mbuna DIY background

Postby JimSparks » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:54 pm

Hi all

I have started the background for my 125-gallon Mbuna. As of now, I am doing modules, not a full background. Here is the first section I have completed. I plan to carve out a box behind it where the FX6 intake and Ehein 200 watt heater will live. The FX6 return will live in the upper right corner somewhere. With a 3in duckbill return on it. Not the standard FX return. It sits about 8 inches from front to back now. The plan is to add piles of rocks out from and all the way across the 6 length of the tank.

Do you think it sticks too far out into the tank. I can easily drop it down to 6 inches front to back. But I was looking for some opinions.

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Thank you
Jim
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Re: 125 Mbuna DIY background

Postby JimSparks » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:54 pm

More pink foam pics


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This stuff is meeeeesssssy


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Progress. Slow. Fun. Aggravating. Progress. Getting close to have the shape finalized. Then carving out the back for the heaters and intakes is next.


Thanks for looking
Jim
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Re: 125 Mbuna DIY background

Postby Idech » Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:05 pm

It might be the angle of the picture, but it looks like it’s taking up about 50% of the space ? If so that’s a lot taken away from the fish !
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Re: 125 Mbuna DIY background

Postby JimSparks » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:53 am

Thanks for the feedback! I agree with you.

The tank is 18 inches front to back. In this pic, there are 4 pieces of 2-inch foam together. So 8 inches front to back. I decided to drop off the back 2 inches. That way it will be about 6 inches front to back. That will give me about 3 inches behind the background to hide the heater and intake while still giving me enough room out front to create some texture.

I figure I would end up stacking rocks there anyway so maybe it is kind of a wash.
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Re: 125 Mbuna DIY background

Postby JimSparks » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:33 pm

I am adding in some LocLine duckbill outlets in place of the standard dual FX return nozzles. I needed to punch a 1 5/8" diameter hole all the way through my background to make this happen.

I needed the PVC elbow and coupling to fit in there so I can thread in the LocLine adaptor.

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I made my own hole saw. Tested out perfectly. Now to "drill" the hole in the background.

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This is the rock formation I plan to recreate in front of the background I am creating.

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