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Lauren B.
02-09-2007, 11:01 PM
Has anyone attempted their own background (not the intricate 3-D you-have-to-be-a-journeyman-carpenter type), but just something simple? The rolls of background scenes at the pet stores are all mostly the same. I know it sounds cheesy, but if you printed out a pic or a pattern on your printer, adhered it to the back of your tank, would that work? I would expect it to be less vibrant, but theoretically, might it pass? Why, or why not, do you folk think it would work?

I'm asking because I'd really like something unique and not so run-of-the-mill, and it's getting difficult to find any backgrounds like that.

Severus
02-09-2007, 11:19 PM
If you print it on a high gloss photo paper it might be half decent. i dont see why it wouldnt work, i have never really thought of it, but it would certainly be unique!

Nautilus291
02-09-2007, 11:25 PM
by the time you print it out and buy the picture it will be cheaper to just get one from the store. but If your not doing it for the price then its a good idea.

I cant even get my ones I bought from the store to show up. It looks half black back there. does anyone have any suggestions?

*Sarah*
02-10-2007, 12:50 AM
You could even have it laminated so it wouldn't get ruined by any spills :thumb:

Chrona
02-10-2007, 12:58 AM
Put mineral oil on the side that will be sticking to the aquarium. Then make sure to smooth out any bubbles. The reason even store bought backgrounds don't show up well is because there's always an air gap unless you put on some oil or sticky clear substance, which messes with refraction of the light coming from the hood.

Nautilus291
02-10-2007, 01:40 AM
thanks for the advice!! do you have to tape it after you put oil on it?

Chrona
02-10-2007, 01:41 AM
thanks for the advice!! do you have to tape it after you put oil on it?

Yeah, don't oil the corners or it'll be impossible to put it on ;)

muffin
02-10-2007, 06:05 AM
the background on my tank is just something that my fiancee painted and we just taped it back there.. it's a lot nicer than looking at the wall on the other side of the tank...

cocoa_pleco
02-10-2007, 06:19 AM
i want to make one of those 3d rocky cichlid backgrounds, but they look hard to make

Lady Hobbs
02-10-2007, 01:59 PM
The backgrounds you buy are plastic and don't get ruined by the water. I would not recommend paper.

muffin
02-11-2007, 02:40 AM
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/muffin__21/DSCF1313.jpg

Here is the paper BG that my fiancee made... very simple and unique... we like it at least...

Drumachine09
02-11-2007, 02:47 AM
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/muffin__21/DSCF1313.jpg

Here is the paper BG that my fiancee made... very simple and unique... we like it at least...


i think your thermometer is broken.

muffin
02-11-2007, 02:53 AM
no it works... it's a little funky but it's been acurate since I got it.. no problems with under or over heating.. just run my finger across it and it shows 78 every time..

EDIT: Also looking at it in the right light and at the right angle and you can see it.. meh.. it was less then 2 bucks...

Drumachine09
02-11-2007, 02:56 AM
Oh, i didnt see it register a temp, and thought "thats weird?!?"

Lauren B.
02-11-2007, 03:03 AM
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/muffin__21/DSCF1313.jpg

Here is the paper BG that my fiancee made... very simple and unique... we like it at least...


I do like it! I love the pastels! It's nice to see someone who "thought outside the box" and is creative enough to come up with something original! Bravo! :19:

Incredulous_Ed
02-11-2007, 03:07 AM
What I did was buy a background at the store that had all the plants and driftwood on it just so I could use the other side, which was totally black

AquaQueen
02-11-2007, 03:35 AM
I have used regular construction paper on some of my tanks(in the past), I didn't mind if they got ruined it is so cheap anyway. I liked the idea of changing it up after it got wet I have used blue, black, even a purple @ Easter and orange @ Halloween...lol But you have inspired me to make my own off the net now or maybe even draw something up and take it to the local Photo shop and see what they can do..maybe scan it and print it out on profesional paper and laminate it.

cocoa_pleco
02-11-2007, 03:49 AM
i think your thermometer is broken.


I got one of those in my starter set for my 20g.

How do you read them?

muffin
02-11-2007, 06:50 AM
I got one of those in my starter set for my 20g.

How do you read them?

Basically I push my finger up against the glass and slide it over the thermometer... then one of the temps turns greenish-yellow in color for a little bit...

cocoa_pleco
02-11-2007, 05:16 PM
k, thank god theres glass and digital thermometers