This 20 gallon background was made almost entirely of scraps of polystyrene
left over from previous projects.
Having already completed more than a few of these backgrounds, my scrap
collection was getting a bit large. It was a good feeling to recycle.
DIY Aquarium Background
It's important to cover everything you don't want
painted including the bottom trim of the
Even painting black over a black trim can later
result in unwanted marks on furniture.
Flat black enamel paint has been applied here.
One trick I sometimes use is to tear small holes
in the newspaper over each hardware
compartment and shine a light down inside to
see any spots that may need a little better paint
coverage. This works best in a darkly lit room.
Once the aquarium is up and running, any areas
around the hardware compartments with thin
paint may allow light thru which could be a visual
Removing the paper template reveals the
painted curve that follows the edge of the
background inside the glass.
This is an exciting moment when the polystyrene
is no longer visible from any angle. The illusion
of a natural landscape or aquascape is
Artificial Amazon Sword plants seemed to work
well with this vertical themed background.
Hidden in the shadows of the background are a
heater on the left and H.O.B style filter on the
right. The filter returns water over the top of the
background for optimal water circulation.
Viewing from a slightly different angle confirms
all aquarium hardware is out of site and out of
mind. All that's left is to add some fish and enjoy
our new background.
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional