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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:44 pm 
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By Designs By Nature:

http://www.designsbynature.net/1679-2/

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Ed- I want to buy a background from them to use in a 150 gal. tank for altums. I am looking for suggestions for a style on this page. I would like to do a solid rock background and I am thinking of doing the ends to help conceal the intakes and returns for a pair of XP3 canisters. I plan to plump it for and end to end flow.

Anybody else is also welcome to chime in. I am going for a natural altum habitat look.

http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:12 pm 
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If any of them comes close it would be:

http://www.designsbynature.net/products ... ocks-gray/

combined with the torpedo beach like sand and appropriate woodwork and some leaf litter, your tank would be about as Orinocoish as it can get.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:35 am 
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Thanks Ed- that background is 5-6 inches thick that would take up close to 1/3 of the tank in terms of the 18 inches front to back. So I am wondering if either of these two might be good?

This one says under 3 inches thick
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/deluxe-3d-bgs/bj941-chimba-gray/
or this one which is similar thickness
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/deluxe-3d-bgs/bj931-bulu-point-gray/

Would anything on this page be OK? None are gray but all are in the range of 1.5 inches thich
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/slimline-bgs/

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TwoTanks,

I bounced around a million ideas about backgrounds when I was building my 225 (mostly cause I was only doing it once) I built mine completely out of field stone as you can see in my post viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2446

There were two reasons for this one cost. The backgrounds are all super pricey so I just got a lot of stone and built the jigsaw puzzle and second I got what I want a great looking background this is at most 2in thick. I would say that this cost me 30 dollars in materials (silicon)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:31 am 
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TwoTankAmin wrote:
Thanks Ed- that background is 5-6 inches thick that would take up close to 1/3 of the tank in terms of the 18 inches front to back. So I am wondering if either of these two might be good?

This one says under 3 inches thick
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/deluxe-3d-bgs/bj941-chimba-gray/
or this one which is similar thickness
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/deluxe-3d-bgs/bj931-bulu-point-gray/

Would anything on this page be OK? None are gray but all are in the range of 1.5 inches thich
http://www.designsbynature.net/products-page/slimline-bgs/



I´d go for the Chimba Gray, first link.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Arghhh- after much delay they got back to me and that one is out of stock and now not on their site. I found another site, Its an Australian company that has expanded into the USA. This is the only gray they have:
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Its also cheaper. Would this do? Its flexible, so I can fit one piece rolled up into the tank.

If you want to poke around the site- its here http://www.underwaterwarehouse.com/Aquarium-Backgrounds/Universal-Rocks-3D-Backgrounds-sc-2649.html

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:25 pm 
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Ed- what do you think?

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It is 1/2 inch thick and pricey. But I can buy it now in stock.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Hi Chris, sorry for the delay to your previous post. I like http://www.underwaterwarehouse.com/Univ ... -2657.html.

The reason I prefer it over the last option you are showing is because it does not really look that natural if you consider it resembles a rustic stone wall built by human hands, that is, jigsaw puzzled together.

You also have a few feature rocks that could give more dimension and that may go well with above link.

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OK Ed how about this. I plan to paste one background to the back glass. But the rest of the plan calls for a piece at each end. One will be offset from the glass and act as an overflow/underflow for the intakes for a pair ox XP3 canisters. The other end will use the piece to hide the spraybar returns. The back glass panel is about 2.5 inches thick the end ones are about 1.5. I am going to give up about 25-30 of the 150 gal. volume to do this. (Using the one you felt is too man-made looking takes away about 10-15 gals less.)

So I wonder if this would work for the back-
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But then I would use these thinner panels on the ends-
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I suppose I could abandon the end piece idea and just do my best to hide intakes and returns and use black paint on the exterior of the end glass.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Now that is a much more natural loking option, plus the reddish hue will help giving the water a blackwater look, without necessarily using that much tannin. Anxious to see your end result. How are your altums coming along?
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I have 19 total. 5 from my original group and 14 from last August. I will not be able to keep them all but I preferred to have the problem of too many rather than too few. I have had a couple of my contradens in with the 14 for a while now. I will need more rummynose than I have and then I think I will need one more SA cichlid, perhaps one of the geos.

I am torn between hiding everything and not wanting to give up volume. The back must have a 3D background. I will have to decide on the ends fast now as I have waited way too long to move on this.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:50 pm 
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Chris, there is a background out on the market, I believe from Hagen (not sure), it's the one you see in some of my Youtube videos of Tefe and Altum. If you install it correctly and make sure to take out all the bubbles, it gives a very realistic effect. You might not like it in some of the videos because it was already beginning to let air in between the foil and glass...
Here's a pic I got off the internet from my aquarium.
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