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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone... My 55 gallon tank is finally coming together. One problem I am starting have is that as the algae on my back wall is going away. I liked having green algae on the walls because I could easily clean it off the front and keep it on the back using it as a background. Any ideas on what I could use as a background. Such has any hanging plants or anything?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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I just typically spray paint the back and bottom of aquariums black. Since it's already filled, maybe you could but black contact paper or shelf liner on the back?

Lots of people use krylon spray paint for the back of the tank, and also to cover intake hoses and other hardware inside the tank. After it dries, krylon is tank safe.
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You could look into a moss wall.

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You can paint the back with a color of your choosing.

You can use the window tint sticky stuff from any hardware store. Frosted looks really nice for a lighter color than black.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 09:34 PM
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For dark - Automotive Window Tint film. I have the 5% 'Limo Tint" on my 56C. Try to find the removable tint, cost a little more but worth it. It's a little heaver film and removable is a nice option.
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I used plasti dip on mine. It can be removed easily. Sprays on easy. I have found it in black and white. It costs about $6 a can.

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I used plasti dip as well. It took 1 can for my 55 gallon.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Wow thanks guys.. Those are some awesome ideas. I really think I am either going to use car window tint or do a moss wall !!
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You could look into a moss wall.

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Wow thanks guys.. Those are some awesome ideas. I really think I am either going to use car window tint or do a moss wall !!
Yea privacy window tint from Home Depot or lowes is nice because it goes on with just water and can be peeled off when you don't like it. They also have frosted and opaque.

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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up heading over to a local craft store and grabbing some black poster board.. Looks pretty sweet to me. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/5/uy2d.jpg/
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Easy and effective!

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I'm a little late for suggesting anything now but in the future you might try putting a mirror behind the tank. Double the depth and double the fish. Sort of.
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You can use suction cups with clips on them (for holding air lines, or christmas lights) to suction cup anubias to the back of the tank also.
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+1 for the plasti-dip.

Black looks great for a background, really makes the colors in your tank pop. Plasti-dip is a rubber coating so if you ever want to remove it just peel one end of it and it will come off in seconds.
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