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
This 20 gallon column style background was
constructed entirely from scrap pieces of
styrofoam. With at least seven previous
background projects, the scrap collection was
getting rather large.
Scrap pieces were stacked, then secured with
bamboo skewers, then shaped with a hot wire
to create an impression of natural occurring
This top view shows the opening for the
hardware compartment in the back right corner.
Even though the compartment isn't more
enclosed like other backgrounds, placement of
filters and heaters in this area will still help hide
them from view.
The back left corner is even more open, but still
designed to allow placement of a heater or filter.
Shadows cast by the columns and forward
placement of the light fixture will draw the eye of
those enjoying the tank to the front of the
With all pieces siliconed in place, we're ready
to start applying cement.
With two layers of cement applied, brown liquid
cement color was added to the third and final
A single sided razor blade will be used to
remove excessive cement from the glass
around the background.
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional