01-05-2012, 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by bigfish93
I am going to paint the back of my tank black and I know this is something that most people do. I started wondering if painting the sides of the tank black would keep more light in the tank and make the fish feel more secure. The only problem I see with painting the sides of the tank is that I would not be able to view the tank from the side. Has anyone painted the sides of their tank before and noticed any pros or cons?
I really don't know the pros and cons just yet, but for my smaller blacked out tanks in the rear, I just used black vinyl. Not as cheap as paint, but not as permanent / hard to scrape off later either of you change your mind. I personally view 1 of my tanks from the side half the time, so I would be hesitant to make a semi permanent commitment like paint.
I do vinyl decals on the side, and have miles of black vinyl you can use as a tester before you commit, or, semi permanent too, depending on how you use it, and how you put it on. If you want to try that route, just pm me, and I can send you some material cheap.