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I don't have a picture, but I've used wrapping paper on a couple of my tanks. I got brown "paper bag" looking wrapping paper with just subtle black pinstripes at the dollar store.
 

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Oh and for my daughter's tank, I just used aquatic-themed "reusable stickers" from this big pad of stickers from Melissa & Doug. Obviously we put them on the outside of the tank. But they're just cling stickers (like colorforms if you are old enough to know what that is) and not sticky, so we change them around all the time. She wants robots for her next tank.
 

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More elaborate, but I made a 3d rock wall background out of Styrofoam for my 54 gallon tank. It's only about 3/4 of an inch thick, so it doesn't take up a lot of room. No reason you couldn't do one in a smaller tank. I can share the process if anyone is interested.
 

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It looks way more complicated than it is. I used two old styrofoam coolers, a box cutter from the dollar store, a quart of drylok, and some cement tints.
 

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Used Drylok masonry waterproof for the paint (latex version) which is fish safe when cured. For the colors, I used quikrete cement tints mixed into the drylok - also fish safe when cured. If you google diy 3d background you can get lots of ideas.
 

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Let's see. Two styrofoam coolers were like $3 each. Box cutter was $1. Quart of drylok was $12. I got two colors of tint at $5 each. And a tube of aquarium sealant to glue it in was $5. So $34. You could go cheaper if you just used styrofoam scavenged from packing materials or something. And you could get by with one color of tint.

It took me maybe 2 hours of actual labor, but I did three coats of drylok which I let dry for 24 hours in between and then let the whole thing cure for 72 hours before filling up the tank.
 

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No problem. I really like the way it turned out. There are some super creative ones if you look on google. Looking back I would have made mine taller because I hadn't picked out plants yet, and most of it is obscured by the plant jungle now. But I built in a bunch of little ledges for plants which worked out great because I got a few plants that need pretty high light to grow, so this way I can have them a good 12 inches closer to the source of light.
 

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Mine is a 54 gallon corner tank. You would probably need a gallon of drylok instead of a quart and more styrofoam. Probably more silicone too. You can get sheets of Styrofoam at home depot for under $10 for a pack.
 
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