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Hello to everyone, fisrt I want to apologize for my English, because it' my second language and I might make some grammar mistakes. After looking at the other people's DIY background projects, I decided to make one on my own. So here it is. PS..I am not a computer person, but i will try to upload the pictures so you can give me some feed back. plase be honest, tell me what you think?

(I found a 55 gallon aquarium on the street, asked the owner if it's leaking or if it's cracked, he said no, he just does not need it because he got a bigger one, and he would be more then happy if I will take it, so i did, with the idea :idea: in my head of making a DIY background project i always dreamed and wanted) (I also got wooden stand from him) free of charge :)
So here it starts, my little project... (Thanks to all you guys who posted your DIY backgrounds in here, it really helped me to not only pick the right tools and material but also the the style of the rocks.


thats me carving out the styrofoam, I used GE silicone (#1 clear) to glue two big blocks of styrofoam, waited about two days to make sure it is cured, and then started cutting it with different knifes.


these are the tools I used to apply the cement on the styrofoam.


Cement coloring - black, acrilic fortifier, Quikrete cement - Mason Mix.


Third coat of cement


Third coat of cement


Third coat of cement

more pictures are coming this week.
 

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I think it looks great. The only thing if I had to critique it would be the rather simplicity of it and how all the rocks seem to be pretty flat and even depth.

You obviously did a pretty nice job, maybe next time you can vary the rock depth and perhaps even add some caves to it. Also, on a 55 its no big deal, but if I were going to do a DIY background like that I'd incorporate a place for intake tubes, etc.

It doesn't look like two pieces (Maybe it is), how do you plan of getting it into the tank with the crossbar if it is indeed one piece?

Overall the look of it is very natural and looks very nice.
 

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The down side of this free aquarium was that the top plastic frame was broken in the middle, where there is this plastic support which supports the front and back of aquarium glass from arching (bowing) . The good part is that I did not have to cut my Styrofoam background in to two peaces, this is one solid peace. So i completely took of the old broken top frame, siliconed the background in, ordered the new top plastic frame, (big thanks so Scott's pet shop) and put that one on.



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I siliconed the background in the aquarium couple days ago, so i think i should wait couple more days till it fully cures (like to be on the safe side), and then I guess I will start those endless water changes, and testing PH.
 

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In these pictures you can see the actual 3D look, i tried to make my background rock deph as more visible as i could, i tried to make the rocks natural, uneaven, (not flat) so when i started to do water changes i made these pictures, and it looks much more 3D with the water in it and the lights on.








I hope some time this week it will be on the oak stand with filter up and running.[/img]
 

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Yeah the depth looks better in those new pics. As a challenge you could try caves next time.

You will want the center brace, I only wish I could find them online somewhere.
 

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i found that caves in the background make it a real pain to get fish out.plus if a fish dies in there you might never know it.looks good :thumb:
 

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it looks great, personally i cant wait to see it stocked and aquascaped.

if i were doing it i would start putting my sand (if your using it as a substrate) to get all the tiny fine dust particals out of it during the water changes, each water change stir the sand and get the gunk out of it.

i have had my sand in for months and when ever i stir it deep enough my tank gets a golden cloud through it.

either way looks awsome, good job! :thumb:
 

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any sugjestions? white? black? gray? sand rocks? wood? plants? anubody? i would be happy if you guys would give me your opinion about this.
 

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if you could find rocks that look like the background it would help pull off the look.maybe a piece of wood or two?but im not a big fan of plants in a tank.what kind of fish are you going to keep?
 

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well my demasoni is growing out the 30 gal tank, so I thought I would give them the honor to live there.
 

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One thing i am worried about sand is, sand getting inside my filters and damaging it. Any suggestions on sand color?
 

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Sand is awesome. I think the majority of the people on this forum use sand, and with no problems at all. I just switched my 46 gal to sand and I love it! Just rinse it A LOT!!! I rinsed my 50 pound bag 1/2 at a time. It took about 4 hours per half!!! But didn't cloud my water at all.
 
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