Background made of paper!

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by kajaksurfa, 5 Dec 2009.

  1. kajaksurfa

    kajaksurfa Newly Registered

    Uddevalla, Sweden
    Hi there,,

    A few years ago I experimented with a background that came out quite nice and was very easy to make. :thumbup:

    Base material used was such brownish paper the painters use as to cover up the floors when painting.

    I got the "structure" by wrinkling the paper into a ball and then unwrinkle it again.....I did so a couple of times.

    Then I fitted it in the aquarium as I liked, cut it by scissors and taped it to the side walls.

    Pump and heater was placed behind...I made sure they got enough space to be easily removed for cleaning.

    I turned the aquarium on the back and then I applied one thin layer of polyester resin (from a boat repair shop) on the paper with a brush and let it harden for 1 hour , thereafter the paper was stiff enough to add more polyester resin + very finely chopped glassfibre so that the layer became 2-4 mm thick. I used a brush as only tool. Drips on the glass was later removed with a razor blade after hardening.

    Temperature must be +18 or higher for the resin to harden and dont forget to use a carbon mask for your health.

    After a night of hardening with good ventilation the background did not smell as bad anymore and I cut the holes for the pump outlets and I made a couple of waterchanges before taking it into use.

    I had this background for some years withuot any problems at all before I sold it.

    The paper itself got "impregnated" with the resin and did never dissolve or rot.

    Maybe next time I will add some color to the paper to give it a bit darker appearence.

    Cheers, Leif from Uddevalla, Sweden :wave:

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