This 30 gallon DIY aquarium background seemed to be the perfect
opportunity to showcase the tree-like piece of Malaysian driftwood.
The plant terraces on either side climb to the top of the tank
providing opportunity for a variety of artificial plants.
DIY Aquarium Background
Each piece of styrofoam was individually
installed by attaching it to the glass with 100%
The 24 inch height combined with the narrow
width of the aquarium posed an interesting
challenge when installing and modifying the
The small table to the left with the extending arm
is a DIY hotwire table built with wood and a
piece of nichrome wire from an old toaster.
In the very top left corner, the 12v 1a power
supply is partially visible.
In this photo, the lower caves and terraces
began to take on some character.
A long narrow bladed fillet knife was used to
create more natural looking rock-like contours.
A birds-eye view of the top left side of the
background shows the equipment
The compartment is wide enough to
accomodate a combination of traditional
aquarium equipment and also safe for fish
This left-side view shows the equipment
compartment going all the way to the bottom of
the tank. There are several paths for water
circulation and fish to navigate thru the
Some aspects of the background were
modified during the build process. One of the
plant pockets on the left side, about half way up,
was shortened for aesthetic reasons.
The flat brick-like center pieces are all siliconed
directly to the glass.
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional