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DIY aquarium background
DIY aquarium background
DIY aquarium background
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Now it's ready for cementing into the tank and then i'll add a clear waterproofing membrane. over top happy days :-)
posted by: Grant Cassar

Nov 26th, 2009
Views: 25828 Rated: (14 votes)

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Roger Hopper (m) » posted 2009/11/26 01:48 am
Vince Cooper (m) » posted 2009/11/26 01:50 am
Jay Dollentas » posted 2009/11/26 01:57 am  
Louis Jaramillo » posted 2009/11/26 02:51 am
Jeremy Weir » posted 2009/11/26 08:55 am
That looks great Grant thats the frist time I seen it done all outside the tank. Then put it in at the end very nice. Have you seen it done like this before, or you just did it like that on your own? going to do one on my next tank I think and I like the way you did this one.
John Young » posted 2009/11/26 09:02 am
Scott Fisher » posted 2009/11/26 10:04 am
mo beats » posted 2009/11/26 10:11 am
very nice, Jeremy i did my background this way also
Jeremy Weir » posted 2009/11/26 10:22 am  
Mo any problems with it? The way you guys did it seems like the best way. I am going to do one with my next tank when I get one. hopefully that will be within one month. I'm a very handy guy but very meticulous so may consult you Mo if thats ok. Also how big was the tank that you did it to?
mo beats » posted 2009/11/26 10:35 am  
i did 3 sides of a 75 gal, make sure you make it a 1/2 in smaller because the cement will make it bigger, also if you are planning to hide the intake and heater, you will need to figure out how to move water in the heater space, in mine the styrofoam insulated and the heater would come on heat up and cut off, the tank was not heating up so i attached a airline tube to the outlet pipe from the canister to the heater so the hot water gets pushed out into the tank
mo beats » posted 2009/11/26 10:39 am
also make the spaces for the heater and intake large enough so you can get in there to clean
Jeremy Weir » posted 2009/11/26 10:47 am  
Ok Mo thanks I was wondering how the heater was going to do. I put a powerhead in all my tanks to make fish strong and healthy That should fix the heater problem right? Did you put the heater behind the backround?
tony henderson » posted 2009/11/26 10:47 am
Jeremy Weir » posted 2009/11/26 10:50 am  
When I get close to doing mine I will ask you to maybe post yours as well if thats ok. I know I'm full of questions but I like to do stuff right.
curtis miller » posted 2009/11/26 11:01 am
jeremy another thing you could do if you are running a canister filter you can buy an in-line heater that is attatched to the return line and heats the water before it get put back in the tank, thats what i did.
Jeremy Weir » posted 2009/11/26 11:09 am  
Yes Curtis good idea my buddy has one like that how much $$.
Grant Cassar » posted 2009/11/27 01:33 am  
Caniste filters with heaters mmmm nice but pricey, this is just a 10gal tank i had lyig around for my first try. i got some ideas off you tube videos and just come up with an idea of stacking pieces because it allowed me to make the perched rock part, it's really simple. saying that i am a builder so it should be! lol Mo is right ensure u allow for getting into the tank i actually built and glued the pieces while they were in the tank to keep them square. then i take it out give it a few coats and silicone it in then give it another 1 or 2 coats (this will seal all the background so water wont get behind) and top it off with a clear pond sealer.
Grant Cassar » posted 2009/11/27 01:34 am  
When im done i'll put a vid up on youtue.
curtis miller » posted 2009/11/27 01:49 am  
jeremy, for a 300 watt it is $55 from
Grant Cassar » posted 2009/11/27 01:59 am  
those inline ones r crap. my one never got the temp past 22 celcius dont bother with them.
bip_ 4u (m) » posted 2009/11/27 05:20 am
curtis miller » posted 2009/11/28 12:44 am  
mine works just fine grant
Grant Cassar » posted 2009/12/04 04:10 am  
but it all depends on the flow of your canister filter tho curtis to much water passing thru and it wont heat fast enough.
mike ortiz » posted 2010/09/25 01:22 pm
Brett Rodgers » posted 2012/02/15 04:10 pm
If your looking for some really good aquarium backgrounds you can check them out at They have some really good ones for a good price.
Jeremy Plaunt » posted 2013/01/12 09:58 am
I love how you did that for your tank. Where can I findout how to make me one for my 55 gal? I am constructing one for my Jack Dempsey.

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Alexander Langer

cool, one of my favorites :)
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Its probably not a good idea if you have it in a tank with gourami & tetras
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wow, great colors, beautiful!
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