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post #21 of 26 Old 01-03-2007, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
If you want to paint the back of you tank as an afterthought, use a latex or water based paint. Latex is better as water-based may/will smear or run if it gets wet. Why not wait until you go through a major cleaning to add the paint? Water would be lower, and the fish should be out, much easier and less dangerous to the fish.
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post #22 of 26 Old 01-03-2007, 03:34 PM
I use spray paint, but if you can reach the back of the tank with ease, you can use a can with a brush. Just cover the top REALLY WELL.
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post #23 of 26 Old 01-03-2007, 04:41 PM
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Something to note about painting the background: the longer the paint is on the tank, the harder it is to remove afterwards, so be sure you are putting something on there that you REALLY want to keep. Anything beyond a year can be a challenge to remove, even with a razor blade.
Our store has painted backgrounds, and whenever we needed to change it, anything that had been on there for more than 1 yr was real work to remove.

Something else to note: If using a store bought background, an easy way to stick it to the back is with a few beads of aquarium silicone. It's waterproof, it sticks and sets fast, and is easy to peel off later if you wish to remove it, change it, etc. Put one bead in each of the top 2 corners, wait til they take hold (a few minutes) and then gently smooth it out and add a bead to each of the other 2 corners. It dries clear, so you won't see it, just don't use too much... a tiny bead is all that is needed.

One more comment... If you use different shades/colors of paint and a textured roller to apply it, work in a few stages to allow each to dry, you can create some really nice effects for a background so it's not just a solid color. The roller won't leave brush marks in the paint (most brushes will), and the texture tends to help the background blend in with the plants and decorations better.

On our goldfish system at the store, our boss had gold japaneses lettering done at a printing company. It was a gold foil, and they cut out the letters for him... he laid these on the back of the tanks and then sealed over them with a roller and coat of red paint. The end result was aswesome!!! I'll see if I can get some pictures the next time I go in (at the end of the week).
Hope this helps!

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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post #24 of 26 Old 01-03-2007, 04:59 PM
for a while i did not have a backround on my tank becuase i had a good amount of plants and driftwood as a natural bacround. the backround i had made the tank look smaller and darker. for my salty tank im going without a backround. for a relly big tank(like a chichilid tank) i would use a backround. Not on a big salty though. on the smaller tanks i think no backround is better lookin. a small nano reef(2.5 gallon-5.5) i would use a backround.
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post #25 of 26 Old 01-04-2007, 07:48 PM
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Some of my newer tanks don't have backgrounds because I am lazy. I put mine on with black electrical tape, and it's a pain in the tukhus.

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post #26 of 26 Old 01-04-2007, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by herefishy
Did you paint the back of your tank or use some other means?
No, I just shop for large black paper rolls and then tape them with double-sided tape.:)

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