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#1 Athena

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:45 AM

Hi - having just bought another tank I thought I would like to try a 3d textured/structured background (internal) and have seen some made by Juwel. They have some lovely structured dark rock backgrounds but they are a bit expensive for my budget (cheapest I've seen is 26 for a 600mm and I would need two of those). They also do a cheaper background which is made of styrofoam I think and I've seen those for about 12-15 each for a 600mm tile (again I need two). I quite like the look of the black background as I have pale pink convicts.

So, I'm really just looking for any thoughts based on your own experience of either of these types of background. If anyone has any of these in their aquarium and could post a pic for me to see how they look, that would be great. I just don't want to make a mistake and get the cheaper background if it doesn't look nice once installed. Or if anyone has had any problems with either background that would also be helpful to know.

Or do you know of any other similar backgrounds that aren't too expensive? I've already had a Juwel "life-like" poster background on one of my tanks but I wanted something a bit more realisic on this tank.

I don't have the time or patience to try making my own LOL! :)

Thanks - Athena

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:43 PM

I used one of these http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item2561ffb932

and one of these http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item2561ffbbe7

as I didn't want it to look to 'samey' all the way along.

It's still quite pricey, but it looks really, really good; I'm very happy with it.

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Sorry the pic's not that great :/

It does need siliconing in, as it's quite light, but I only used a bean-sized blob on each corner. It was very easy to cut to size as well, I used just a normal handsaw.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:25 PM

Wooo I like that!! Very nice set up!

I can't actually access ebay from this computer at work so I can't check the link you added - but I will have a look from home thanks.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 05:30 PM

I've used it in my last 2 tanks and I think it's great even if it is horrendously over-priced

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:57 PM

The black one is called terra (I think) I had 1 tile and stripped it right down for a small tank, the good thing about the black tiles are they are much thinner than the other ones, taking up less space in the tank :good:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:22 AM

Thanks for the replies. I hadn't thought about depth of the background tiles. I think I will have to investigate a bit more online to find proper dimensions before I buy any.

Getting excited now - have all these ideas in my head so can't wait to get cracking on it!

Thanks again! Athena

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 03:26 PM

U P D A T E

I opted for the Juwel Stone Granite background in the end. I think the dark colour will help to show off my SB pink convicts really well. Found some for a good price so placed my order today. :nod:

Thanks to those who commented.

Regards, Athena

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:39 AM

Hi Athena,

I too am keen to get a 3D background for my newly purchased 180L jewel vision. Do u mind me asking where u purchased your background from as u say u had a good deal.
Also, any chance u could post a pic of ur tank with the new background? I bet it looks fab!!!
I was thinking of getting black substrate n dark background as I have lemon tetras, (so far- in my 60L) and thought this would show them off a treat.

Look forward to hearing from you or anyone who can offer some good aquascaping advice...

Many thanks in advance peeps!!!

Vanessa :-)

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 06:40 PM

I too have a Juwel Vision 180, sand substrate and am looking at the 3D backgrounds. I don't like the black one but am considering the rock or the stone ones.

The cheapest places i've found is Ebay and Zooplus, so far.

Could be a slight problem, the water is already in the tank!! urm...

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:13 PM

I've decided on 'stone' background in 'clay'.

Just wondering, once this is attached and the tank is in use, how do you keep it clean? :blink:

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 10:42 PM

I've decided on 'stone' background in 'clay'.

Just wondering, once this is attached and the tank is in use, how do you keep it clean? :blink:


I got the Rock 450 today , but took out the Juwel filter from my vision 180 and the 2 rock pieces fitted perfectly, which saved me from a bit of sawing! (I got an Aquaone1050 external instead.) I'm hoping a bit of algae will make it look a bit more realistic, but it might need a bit of a clean every once in a while to keep it in check.

It looks pretty good! Just gotta wait 24 hrs for the silicone to dry before I can start aquascaping....soooo excited I can't wait! Got a lovely piece of bogwood soaking too which will be above centre piece.

Will post a pic once I get chance...

Let me know how u get on with your background ...

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:37 AM

I've decided on 'stone' background in 'clay'.

Just wondering, once this is attached and the tank is in use, how do you keep it clean? :blink:


Just wipe it over with a washing up sponge (do make sure it's not impregnated with soap! The cheapest ones you can get are normally ok) or a bit of filter floss.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 10:30 AM


I've decided on 'stone' background in 'clay'.

Just wondering, once this is attached and the tank is in use, how do you keep it clean? :blink:


I got the Rock 450 today , but took out the Juwel filter from my vision 180 and the 2 rock pieces fitted perfectly, which saved me from a bit of sawing! (I got an Aquaone1050 external instead.) I'm hoping a bit of algae will make it look a bit more realistic, but it might need a bit of a clean every once in a while to keep it in check.

It looks pretty good! Just gotta wait 24 hrs for the silicone to dry before I can start aquascaping....soooo excited I can't wait! Got a lovely piece of bogwood soaking too which will be above centre piece.

Will post a pic once I get chance...

Let me know how u get on with your background ...


I will post pics when i've got it :)

Good luck with yours too.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:29 PM

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I've decided on 'stone' background in 'clay'.

Just wondering, once this is attached and the tank is in use, how do you keep it clean? :blink:


I got the Rock 450 today , but took out the Juwel filter from my vision 180 and the 2 rock pieces fitted perfectly, which saved me from a bit of sawing! (I got an Aquaone1050 external instead.) I'm hoping a bit of algae will make it look a bit more realistic, but it might need a bit of a clean every once in a while to keep it in check.

It looks pretty good! Just gotta wait 24 hrs for the silicone to dry before I can start aquascaping....soooo excited I can't wait! Got a lovely piece of bogwood soaking too which will be above centre piece.

Will post a pic once I get chance...

Let me know how u get on with your background ...


I will post pics when i've got it :)

Good luck with yours too.




As promised Mishka83, heres a pic of my tank, taken today. I want to get a couple more tall plants for the back...any suggestions anyone as to which??

Edited by Vanzy, 02 May 2011 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:01 PM

Nice tank! Vallis is normally pretty reliable (though my mum can't grow it for some strange reason). The giant stuff will sprawl over the surface and give your fish some cover, or the spiral (you need to make sure it's Vallisneria torta not V. spiralis) looks impressive.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:59 AM

i got the juwel lime stone background today, kinda wish id got the darker granite one instead

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:06 AM

Apologies for hijacking the thread, but have a quick question about the 3D backgrounds. I'm new to all this and am picking up my first tank at the end of the week (110L). I'm really liking the look of the Juwel 3D backgrounds, thus maybe a silly question, but how do they attach? Is it glued?

Thanks!

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:52 AM

You just use a tiny (I used a sort of baked bean size) blob of aquarium safe silicon on each corner; I guess you could use superglue or milliput (two part putty) as those are also tank safe. Your LFS will have one of the three.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:51 PM

Hadn't realised this thread of mine was still going LOL

Yes, they attach very easily with a few blobs of aquarium silicone - if you need to cut any to size you'll notice that the stuff inside is quite messy (black) and will need a thorough wash after cutting. I smeared some silicone over that raw edge to seal it and made sure I positioned it with that edge at the topmost of the tank (in my tank it is just above water level).

Oh...and I ended up with the Juwel tree root and rocks background. They don't look much in the box but once you put them in the tank and fill with water... WOW! They develop such depth. Here's a couple pics of the background in my tank, for anyone interested:

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Hope yours turns out great, whichever design you choose.

Athena

Edited by Athena, 13 July 2011 - 01:55 PM.





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