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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:47 pm Post subject: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 So  you  now  have  a  new  fish  tank  and  you  intend  to  put  a  background  to  it.  I  would  like  to  suggest  you  use  Oyama  paper  -  a  simple  yet  cheap  material  but  it  last  you  year  in  and  out  with  no  maintenance  at  all  once  it  has  been  fixed  to  your  fish  tank.  On  top  of  it,  if  you  don't  wish  to  use  it  anymore,  you  can  easily  peel  it  off  slowly  and  your  tank  will  look  new.
 
 
 
 1)  Buy  the  required  size  of  the  Oyama  paper  from  your  regular  fish  outlet,  some  Local  Fish  shops  may  have  the  correct  height  of  Oyama  paper  for  your  fish  tank.  Most  hobbyists  will  choose  either  black  or  blue  color.  You  may  place  this  paper  as  background  only  or  you  can  always  paste  all  the  tank's  sides  except  the  front  with  Oyama  paper.  The  choice  is  yours.
 
 2)  Here  are  all  you  require  to  set  it  up.  All  simple  accessories  within  your  household  reach.
 
 
 
 3)  Measure  your  tank's  dimension  using  a  measuring  tape,  use  a  marker  to  draw  its  outline  at  the  Oyama  paper  and  either  use  a  scissor  or  sharp  penknife  to  cut  the  paper.  I  will  not  cut  the  exact  dimension  of  the  paper  for  the  tank's  background,  but  a  few  millimeters  smaller  as  excess  edges  on  your  tank's  background  will  be  an  eye  sore.
 
 
 
 
 4)  Pour  a  few  drops  of  dish  washing  liquid  into  the  sprayer  that  has  water  in  it  already.  The  idea  of  having  this  mixture  is  to  enable  you  to  move  the  paper  to  your  required  position  on  the  tank.  The  adhesive  film  of  the  Oyama  paper  without  the  mixture  will  prevent  you  from  doing  so  once  you  have  pasted  it  to  your  fish  tank.
 
 
 
 5)  Before  you  start  spraying  the  external  side  of  the  fish  tank  with  the  above  mixture,  please  use  a  dry  cloth  to  clean  the  side  of  your  fish  tank  which  you  intend  to  paste  the  Oyama  paper  with.  Ensure  that  it  is  very  clean  and  free  from  sand  or  dirt  as  these  will  prevent  the  Oyama  paper  from  being  nicely  pasted  and  will  cause  bubbles.  Be  liberal  when  spraying  the  water  to  the  tank  but  not  be  so  excessive  as  too  much  of  the  mixture  will  prolong  the  drying  period  and  the  same  time,  it  must  not  be  too  little  of  the  solution  as  this  will  prevent  you  from  shifting  the  paper  easily.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 6)  Peel  the  Oyama  paper  which  you  have  measured  and  cut  to  size  earlier  on  and  paste  it  to  the  wet  side  of  the  fish  tank.  Pictures  below  show  how  easy  to  move  the  Oyama  paper  while  it  is  still  wet.
 
 
 
 
 
 7)  Holding  a  plastic  card  of  credit  card  size  with  your  hand  as  pictured  above  (I  think  gold  credit  card  will  work  better  he  he!),  glide  the  card  on  the  Oyama  paper  inch  by  inch  to  flatten  and  remove  all  bubbles  or  excess  water  that  may  have  during  this  procedure.  Ensure  that  the  Oyama  paper  is  properly  and  neatly  placed.  Wait  for  it  to  dry.  Don't  worry  if  you  found  that  there  were  some  excess  edges  of  the  Oyama  paper  at  the  fish  tank.  We  will  handle  that  problem  later  on.  When  you're  happy  with  it,  take  a  rest,  have  a  cuppa  or  nap  or  even  go  to  sleep  and  wake  up  next  morning  and  continue  the  next  step.
 
 
 
 
 8)  So  you  have  taken  a  good  rest,  here's  the  next  simple  step.  Trim  all  excess  edges  using  a  ruler  and  a  sharp  penknife
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Cont  from  #1:
 
 
 
 Hey  presto!  You  have  done  it.  Give  yourself  a  pat  on  shoulder  for  having  done  a  simple,  yet  cheap  and  lasting  fish  tank  background  using  Oyama  paper.
 
 I  hope  the  above  simple  tutorial  will  help  members  here,  especially  the  newcomers  to  fish  keeping  world,  a  good  start  of  a  simple  DIY  project.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:09 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  pictorial  explanation.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:27 am Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Super  Dude   Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:50 am Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 nice
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:02 am Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Very  Nice  Photographs........thanks  for  uploading.......  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:15 am Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 i  always  used  to  end  up  with  bubbles  and  folds  Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:23 am Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Neat  thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:10 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Well  explained.  cheers  Smile
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 Well  explained  dude...   Thumb Up  
 Good  DIY.
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 Nice  tutorial.  What’s  the  difference  between  Oyama  Paper  and  Vinyl  paper
 
 Any  place  where  I  can  get  Oyama  paper  in  Bangalore
 
 
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 Where  can  we  get  Oyama  paper?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:56 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 Nice  explanation..  Any  differences  between  vinyl  and  oyama  paper??
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:07 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

 When  it  is  picked  up  from  someplace  else,  acknowledging  it  is  our  responsibility
 
 http://angelfish.net/VBulletin/showthread.php?t=20102
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE A TANK BACKGROUND Reply with quote

                                                   
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When  it  is  picked  up  from  someplace  else,  acknowledging  it  is  our  responsibility
 
 http://angelfish.net/VBulletin/showthread.php?t=20102                

 
 
 Thanks  Djay
 
 I  was  able  to  pickup  quote  from  the  link
 
 "I  think  if  we  painted  the  tank,  we'll  have  hard  time  to  remove  it  later  on.  If  we  used  Oyama,  we  just  need  to  peel  it  off  slowly.  Previously,  like  you  I  also  painted  my  tanks,  but  now  I  have  switched  to  Oyama.
 
 In  Singapore  we  called  it  Oyama  Paper  although  in  fact  it  is  vinyl.  Most  LFSs  here  sell  it  and  it  is  very  common  they  used  it  as  tanks'  background.  If  you  can't  find  it  at  your  LFSs,  perhaps  you  can  check  it  at  motor  workshops  that  sell  decals  or  stickers/signages  outlets.  Ask  them  the  uncut  ones.  I  believe  it  will  be  cheaper.  I  paid  just  SIN$2/-  for  a  2-feet  length  of  the  Oyama  for  the  above  fish  tank  (60  x  36cm)  "
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