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Post by curtis miller on Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:08 pm







getting ready to spray the handi-foam





spraying the handi-foam





after the handi-foam expanded





shaping



finished product.
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by bulldogg7 on Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:12 pm

looks great
how did you do the "shaping"? wait till it was dry and cut it or mold it while still a little soft
what kind of foam did you use? everything I've seen so far is the yellow/tan colored stuff.
did you have to silicone it in or were the rocks enough to hold it down?

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Post by Aura on Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:22 pm

I really like the way that turned out. You did a nice job on it.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:16 am

Great job Curtis, really nice background.

Thanks for sharing the process with us Wink

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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by tropicalfishsuccess on Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:54 am

I agree.. looks great...It's been a while since you made this right? I see Green grass in the background Smile I miss green grass! But dont miss cutting it!
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Post by iceblue on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:50 am

Great looking background Curtis. Gotta love that eggcrate.
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by poolmako on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:08 am

very nice, but need way more info you cant just tease us with a few pics and almost no info on the how to do this also did this change the ph of the water in the tank and how long did you let it dry before the install, that is maybe the coolest homemade background i have ever seen, oh and get a haircut would ya.
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by theswede on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:39 pm

Looks good Curtis! If you hide the filter inlet behind the background it would look even better .
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by curtis miller on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:12 pm

thanks everybody, the foam i used is made to be used in ponds so it did not change any water parameters, you can get it from drs foster smith. when i shaped it i waited until the foam dried and i cut it and sanded it. the rocks were enough to weight it down, i painted it and let it sit for about a week.
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Post by cancichfan on Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:31 am

Nice background. I have one in the works almost exactly the same. Great minds, eh?

I am surprised the rocks were enough to hold it down. Mine doesn't have rocks so it will be siliconed. How did you colour the foam or was it that colour right out of the can? Would have saved a few steps if it came out black.

Glad to see you are wearing gloves. I didn't...lesson learned. That stuff is super sticky!!
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Post by buntbarsch on Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:24 am

Great looking background Curtis.

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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by curtis miller on Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:48 pm

lol yes graham, very sticky, the foam came out that gray color but i still spray painted it because i wanted it to be a little darker
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Post by cichlidman on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:41 am

Curtis,

What type of paint did you use?

What was the plastic mesh?


It looks great..

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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by curtis miller on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:45 am

thanks roger, the plastic mesh is egg crate, and i used krylon fusion.
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by jimmymac on Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:37 am

Curtis, that is a great way to add a background to a tank without tearing it down. Great job! I'm very inspired buddy! Thanks!
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by curtis miller on Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:43 am

thank you jimmy
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by jimmymac on Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:27 am

Curtis, how many cans of foam did you use?
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by curtis miller on Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:44 am

i think it took 4 cans
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Re: DIY 3D background

Post by Big Dog on Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:33 am

Very cool. Great job.
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