DIY Aquarium Background
Following a 30 day tap water rinse, the
necessary biological cycling process has
been started with the addition of gravel, a
few natural rocks, some floating Hornwart
plant and a few fancy guppies.
In about two weeks, when the cycling is
complete and nitrite levels are down to 0, it
will be safe to add more variety of tropical
Natural freshwater plants have been
added to complement the rocky backdrop.
A strategically placed airstone behind the
background aerates this aquatic
landscape as well as encourages water
movement through the hidden hardware
compartment to help circulate both filtered
and heated water.
Over the course of the first month of
operation, PH levels in the aquarium will
gradually settle down closer to 7.0.
If desired, PH buffering products can be
used to lower PH levels more quickly, but it
may not be necessary.
This short video shows a royal blue
colored Veil tail Betta enjoying the current
from the hidden filter.
There are large areas in the aquarium with
less water movement, but he seemed to
be enjoying the vigorous swim thru the
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This 20 gallon long background illustrates many of the same techniques used
to create more ambitious designs. Not including cure time, this project
collectively took about 6 hours to complete. This was a fun weekend project.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on how this background was built.
do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional