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Painting an aquarium with the fish in it?
Old 02-13-2012, 08:24 PM   #21
 
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you could always go where they sell textile and pickup something like a peice of cloth that they would cut to the lenght and height you need?
Good idea and worth looking into. Not sure how I could hang that though as it would be heavier then paper.



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Try and find some of this. I have used it on my 75g tank which had the same problem as yours.

Take the background off, smear that stuff all over and put it back on. Using something with a flat end and preferably rubber, start from one side of the tank and work your way across and you will find you have got rid of most of the air bubbles.

If you have a magnetic algae scrapper that works well also (just go very slowly)
This is not the same as what I used but it was something like that. It looked great at first but then it started to bubble and now the top part is peeling down. How long has yours been on your tank? I am certainly willing to give it a try again. I had used a credit card to try to flatten it out.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:33 PM   #22
 
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I have had it on my 75g for about 2 years and only once really had to re-flatten it. I cleaned the back of the tank and let it dry before adding the background. I also added a small blob of glue to each corner and across the top all the way across the tank. It is usually from slight water splash that the top starts peeling first.

Credit card works as well for application.

The link I provided was for a supplier in Canada, there are tons of different types available.

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:15 PM   #23
 
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What kind of glue?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:18 PM   #24
 
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Non Toxic Pritt stick glue...the kind school kids use.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #25
 
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Good idea and worth looking into. Not sure how I could hang that though as it would be heavier then paper.
hmm if its close to the wall you could always do something like stitch a tube in the fabric for a pole then insert one on top and bottom then hang it from the wall behind? iv never done this but ... its something i was considering. or maybe just a metal one on top like a unfolded coat hanger then wood one on bottom for weight then find a way to attach that to the back of your aquarium I would probably drill 2 small holes in the back of my cover to insert the unfolded coat hangers , and even then after if your tired of black you can go buy another color cloth and change it hehe I think il do that thanks for making me think for a second! =D
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:43 AM   #26
 
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Can you get poster board that is 4 feet long? Seams wouldn't be real attractive either. Then, how do you get it to stay in place?
A photography store may have large rolls of thick paper that is used for backgrounds in portraits. They will of course be more than a couple sheets of poster board from a craft store though.

I remember in grade school they always had huge rolls of colored paper for students to do craft projects, prom decorations, or to make banners out of for sport events. I haven't seen that in craft stores though =/

If you went with poster board and had seams, you can overlap the sheets to lessen the appearance of the seam.

Someone else mentioned hanging something from the wall, that works too, it dosen't have to be physically attached to the glass.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #27
 
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All good ideas, I will have to give a few a try and see what works. Reaching back there it is really hard since the aquarium is tall and too close to 2 walls. I have it in a corner. Hind sight is that wasn't the best plan ever.

Geomancer your tank looks great!
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:11 AM   #28
 
i tried everything but the bin bags look the best just use tape and the thinck bags the look great
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