Replacement background

Alasse
  • #1
The old background had been damaged while in storage and it couldn't be seen until the tank was brought back into use....so I ripped it out and started the new one

What I ripped out


The backbone of the background


The background under blue LED


Showing part of the side, the tank is still to be painted


Background using the camera flash, the background looks grey but...............


....the actual colour of the background


Background still needs to be highlighted
 
thefishdude277
  • #2
Oooooohhhhhh....



 
Anders247
  • #3
Very cool! What's it made out of?
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
Thanks

Foam is the base, then acrylic render
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
The test with the rock and the new sealer - resulted in only a slight white haze, but I do not want the black in anyway lightened, so I picked up a different one today that will not haze at all, it is expensive, but it looks like it is what I will need to stick with other than going the very expensive epoxy route

I also bought some more decor for the tank, also picked up some acrylic paints I am going to play with to hopefully get the look I am after. I am still chasing black sand, rare as hens teeth I tell ya!!

But it is getting there, I am excited and can't wait to get it running
 
Witchydesign
  • #6
I'm about to start carving mine, any advice? I was going the drylock route?
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
Only thing I can add, is with carving make the shapes really defined, as once you start coating you can lose some of the definition...most of all, have fun
 
Witchydesign
  • #8
Thank you. I plan on starting to carve tommorrow morning ☺
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
It is currently being sealed and all I will say is it is gonna be different lol

Certainly NOT along my normal tank look
 
Witchydesign
  • #10
What are you using to seal it?
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
Clear pond sealer....though I think next time I will look at an epoxy
 
KarenLM
  • #12
Those backgrounds are awesome! Keep the pics coming!
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
Sneak peek
 
MtnTiger
  • #14
Very nice work. There are some very talented individuals on this site with a lot of imagination.
 
Witchydesign
  • #15
I'm probably goig to end up bugging you but what did you use to carve?
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
Thank you....gonna give making some décor today a go, should be interesting lol

Witchy - I used knife, fingers, heat, hacksaw mostly
 
KarenLM
  • #17
I have also used an electric knife for cutting - our church made "millions" of rocks for a production set. The e. knife was good for the rough cuts.
 
Alasse
  • Thread Starter
  • #18
Finished the background, tank is now up and running. I will eventually epoxy the BG, but for now the sealer that is on it will do

The tank under standard T8


The tank under marine LEDs
 
aliray
  • #19
WOW beautiful. Alison
 
safzola
  • #20
very nice indeed
 
Bijou88
  • #21
Looks fantastic!

 

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