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Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by VastoLorde, Oct 13, 2011.
I see a lot of aquariums with this awesome background.
How can i get something like that?
here you see a picture of how you get this effect. behind je put a tl light and you get a nice effect ( the picture is not my aquarium)
what many of us do is put a frosted film on the back panel. the stuff you get for windows. this then means you can get rid of any shadows like you get from cables etc. then you backlight from below or above or both etc.
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- some space behind tank (5-10cm) with screen or wall (possibly white- not necessary) at the end ,
- one or two light tubes (two for more delicate light effects with different position of light sources),
- some semitransparent colored filters (I am using simple colored plastic bags for everyday use – see photo)
- and eventually some semitransparent mate foil or paper (tracing paper).
Let’s see some examples from my experiments with backlighting:
White wall 15cm behind tank (last photo - no back light too). I combine different color plastic bags directly in the empty space (without mate foil on the back of tank) and with and less intense indirect top lightning.
Without mate tracing paper, shades are sharper and background colors are not so soft...
green bag, indirect top light
blue bag, indirect top light
Semi transparent foil (trace paper) added on the back, different combinations of bags behind and top intense back light
Another tank: Experiments with two back light tubes in different positions (first up, second down). Wall 10cm behind tank, no mate foil. I wrapped some parts of light tube directly with different colored bags.
blue bags on top and bottom back light tube. Bottom light is in the right corner to point out passages under roots.
With a little imagination and these “equipment” – the sky is a limit.
Nothing that I am using in my backlight experiments (even on tank with 120x50cm screen) cost me more than 15eur...
Thanks to everybody !
Superb! Just superb explanation. !
Tank of my friend from Croatia. Tank is located in the attic. Sloped roof is screen behind tank. Pure improvisation - cost nothing. Bulb on chair covered with paper or something else as colored filter. This is central light source and gives radial effect of lighting (not linear as light tube)
IMO excellent result with just a little imagination… In a split of second with backlight it is possible to change overall sense of tank.
Tank with black background:
Background removed. With buble back light in the slightly different positions and color "filters":-"
A new thread was created with the excellent explanation given by BioBio!
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