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DIY background for my cichlid tank

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:46 pm Post subject: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Drawing  inspiration  from  the  mnay  DIYs  here,  i  have  set  out  on  creating  a  backdrop  for  my  cichlid  tank.  Progress  so  far  -
 1.Procured  2  sheets  of  about  3"  stryofoam  
 2.Scoopod  out  portions  of  stryofoam  to  give  some  rock  like  patterns.  Tools  used  knife  heated  on  stove  for  scooping/cutting  through.  After  a  lil  while  of  heating  and  reheating  the  knife  several  times,  realized  that  my  soldering  rod  will  serve  the  purpose  easily.  Worked  like  a  charm.
 
 Now  the  difficult  part..
 1.  Deciding  on  the  cement  and  other  stuff  like  the  mastercrete  etc.  Mastercrete  not  very  easily  available  here.  so  figured  out  alternate  options  in  Dr  Fiixit.
 2.  Cant  find  the  cement  paint  easily,  need  to  search  though.  A  friend  of  mine  says  that  no  paint  can  last  forever  underwater.  so  the  dilema  paint  or  go  natural  with  the  cement  colour.
 
 I  have  carved  the  stryofoam  to  hide  the  filter  pipe  and  the  heater.  your  views  please.
 I  also  have  a  queation  regarding  water  getting  between  the  stryofoam  and  glass.  would  there  be  any  issues?  how  to  prevent  etc
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:35 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 used   Dr.  Fixit  Pidifin  2K  for  coating  the  background.  hope  this  works
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:49 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Did  you  find  a  solution  for  coloring?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:12 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Yes,  i  used  the  stainer  used  for  colouring  acrylic  paints.  Checked  with  a  friend  of  mine  who  says  they  are  non  toxic.  I  mixed  it  with  a  small  portion  of  pidifin  2k  and  painted  a  very  small  portion  though.  I  just  wanted  to  try  a  small  portion  with  one  colour.  It  seems  to  have  held  well  with  the  stainer  mix.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:27 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 This  is  how  it  looks  now
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:50 am Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Finally  completed  the  project.  So  far  all  ok.  Yet  to  reintroduce  the  fish.  This  is  how  the  tank  looks  now
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:23 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Looks  great
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:56 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Isn't  paste  properly  inside  the  tank  !!  Because  right  hand  back  side  it  looks  like  not  pasted  properly.  May  be  I  am  wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:31 am Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 It  is  pasted  properly.  Looks  that  way  as  I  didn't  taper  the  background  towards  the  edges  plus  i  made  the  background  slightly  smaller  by  mistake.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:36 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Nice  try!
 Why  you  did  not  go  with  dark  substrate  to  bring  out  coloration  of  them  chiclids?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:01 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Thank  you!
 I  use  this  substrate  as  I  find  the  tank  more  stable  and  easier  to  maintain  as  compared  to  sand.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:39 am Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Nice  try!
 Why  you  did  not  go  with  dark  substrate  to  bring  out  coloration  of  them  chiclids?                

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:56 am Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Did  you  do  any  research  on  pidifin  before  using?  I  am  thinking  of  using  the  same,  but  Dr  fixits  customer  care  was  very  adamant  in  telling  me  that  none  of  their  products  are  recommended  for  aquarium!   Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:11 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thank  you!
 I  use  this  substrate  as  I  find  the  tank  more  stable  and  easier  to  maintain  as  compared  to  sand.                

 
 What  substrate  is  it  ..  and  why  is  it  easy  to  maintain  then  Sand..
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:52 pm Post subject: Re: DIY background for my cichlid tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Balashark,
 
 have  you  introduced  the  fish  in  the  tank...please  share  updates  post  some  FTS  please
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