Background installation

These are very easy step-by-step instructions on how to install a Back to Nature background in an aquarium. Please read through the whole article first, and also the various tips on the list to the right, before you install a background, because many tips are related to this particular article, and you may have to do some things before you finally mount the background.

In this article we will install a Rocky with the dimensions of 120 x 50 cm in an aquarium. These instructions also apply to other Back to Nature backgrounds in other sizes as well as for the Amazonas series of backgrounds.

All you need is aquarium silicone, a folding ruler, a waterproof pen, and a saw and a knife.

 

 

Upside down?

First you must decide how you want to install your background. On many of the Back to Nature backgrounds there is no upside down (or right or wrong). Decide what will be the most aesthetically pleasing to you.

Cut to size

Place the background behind the aquarium so the edge of the background is placed in line with the inside of the aquarium. Take into account the thickness of the glass, it’s inside of the aquariums dimensions that matter. Use the aquarium for support and draw a vertical line using a felt pen. Cut with a saw.

Place the background inside the aquarium. Check to make sure the background fits inside the aquarium. If not, you will have to adjust it by carving a little with the knife. you can also use a plane or a coarse file.

Make it fit

Sometimes there are parts of the aquarium that can get in the way, such as central bar or various reinforcement straps. Measure where the contractor is in the background and cut to fit.

The background now fits the aquarium perfectly. In this case, the horizontal glass strap will also help to hold the background to place.

Glue to place

Fasten the background into position. Use a couple of sticks or something, between the background and the front glass to hold it in place. We used strips of the material that we cut away before. It is very important that the background sits still for the next step.

Now glue the bottom and the sides of the background against the glass using aquarium silicone.

It’s often hard to reach to some spots when applying the silicone. A tip to make it easier is to bend the spout.

 

Finished

Wait for 12 − 24 hours until the silicon has cured. Then you can start up the aquarium. Enjoy your brand new Back to Nature background!

One great advantage of the Back to Nature backgrounds is that you can make your own biological filter behind the background. These filters are more efficient than conventional filters on the market, simply because of the huge volume. It may also be cheaper, and they will last for up to 10 years without needing to be cleaned. Read about making a filter behind the background.