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  1. Default 3D backdrops!!!!!! Help please


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    I see some awesome online Places that sell ROCK 3D backdrops you silicone to the back of the tank

    I know nothing about these!!! I am building a 55gallon tank 49" long kinda narrow..

    Are they bad for the tank?
    Pain in the Butt for cleaning?

    They say you GLUE them to the back on the glass...
    http://www.azgardens.com/p-1962-3d-r...ackground.aspx


    Money no big deal id pay for it no prob but if its bad for a tank and it seems weird to silicone something to the back

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    No, It's not bad.. I have one..No problems so far.. all is good.. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo View Post
    I see some awesome online Places that sell ROCK 3D backdrops you silicone to the back of the tank

    I know nothing about these!!! I am building a 55gallon tank 49" long kinda narrow..

    Are they bad for the tank?
    Pain in the Butt for cleaning?

    They say you GLUE them to the back on the glass...
    http://www.azgardens.com/p-1962-3d-r...ackground.aspx


    Money no big deal id pay for it no prob but if its bad for a tank and it seems weird to silicone something to the back
    Another interesting difference between regions. In-tank backgrounds are quite common here and have been for the last 20, 30 years.

    Take a tank where the back wall is absolute dry and clean of any grease (bit of ammonia on a paper wipe does wonders for grease). Use a good amount of aquarium grade silicon and either lie it flat or support it with some save object (big juice cartons work really well) and wait for 24 hours. http://www.aquaterra-intl.com/install.html

    Cleaning these is extremely difficult. A tootbrush does something but that's it. However that's part of the charm to be. These will grow algae and java moss if you give them a chance. Algae especially just amplifies the natural feel.

    Only time when you would want to avoid backgrounds like these is when you plan on keeping the serious wood eating "plecos" like the Panaque. It will not even harm these fish much but they will thoroughly wreck these backgrounds.

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    I heard lots say they had issues keeping the Water clean ....
    Also if you choose to remove the Backround does the silicone come off easy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo View Post
    I heard lots say they had issues keeping the Water clean ....
    Also if you choose to remove the Backround does the silicone come off easy?
    That should not be an issue unless you are using something not aquarium -safe. I know people that make backgrounds from concrete have issues with ph initially, but that goes away after rinsing several times. As for water quality issues, a background, sealed to the rear wall of the tank should not make any difference. Silicone comes off easily with a razorblade and vinegar in a glass aquarium. Be sure nothing living is in the tank if you use alcohol or vinegar though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo View Post
    I heard lots say they had issues keeping the Water clean ....
    Also if you choose to remove the Backround does the silicone come off easy?
    An inert piece of foam is not going to affect water quality. Bad filter choices and poor fishkeeping skills are.

    Yes, the silicone does come away relatively easily but removing the background undamaged is tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo View Post
    I heard lots say they had issues keeping the Water clean ....
    If it's made of foam (Thermo-col) It wont effect the water quality.. If its made of concrete then it should be rinsed thoroughly so it should not raise the water hardness..

    Thanks
    Bhupesh

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    Concrete backgrounds are usually coated in epoxy resin to render them inert.

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