So I have been reading up on painting/poster board for my black wallpaper. I saw one post somewhere about someone using window ting and when I was leaving work I walked by our wall rack of that decal material (you know the stuff they make window decals out of) and thought hmm maybe. So I cut enough for "two runs" since it measured two inches shorter than the height of my tank.
Wife thought I was absolutely nuts and well she was right, instal was a pain in the arse. Have you ever put on one of those window decals, imagine doing that in one large piece to the back of a tank with water and only a 3 inch gap from the wall... not fun.. but the results are AMAZING! Since it is adhered it looks like painted glass but you have the ease of peeling it off.
First I had to cut the holes off the sides since it came from a roll made to go through the cutting machine, then I had to cut it lengthwise then on another piece had to cut a 2.5" strip (to allow some overlap when putting it over the other one to fill the gap at the bottom) I used a razor blade and flat metal right edge to guide the lines. I had one with a 12" main edge so the edges are not 100%.
Anyways here it is installed on my tank and all I can say about the black background is WOW. the plants really do stand out a thousand times better and the fish colors are also more noticable. It's simply awesome. I hope the fishies didn't get too stressed with the night time commotion :(
Here is a new pic that shows the new plants and the black background. My sponge filter comes on Friday and I have a local donor that is giving me some duckweed next week. I can't believe how much more I enjoy the tank now, the transition is amazing. Sorry for the crappy picture, I'm still trying to figure out this tank photography thing, a few members provided some tips so I think it's better but my camera sucks at focusing on a bright tank in a dark room. :(