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Any Good Ideas For A Back Drop????????

Im Going To Set Up A Planted Tank Soon But Was Just Wondering What Colour To Use As A Back Drop I Still Have A Blue One Left Over When I Had Marine Fish, but i wanted to have a more natural rocky sort off cave look .has any one got any good suggestions i read once that a guy used natural slate??
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See discussion and links regarding moss walls at bottom of this page Newb Questions I put mine in about a month ago and it has really taken off. See also Aquascaping with PU foam for ideas with rock and polyurethane foam.

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Or just slap 2-3 coats of acrylic or latex paint on the outside of the back wall.

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Black paint... Just finished doing that on my new 37g Oceanic that I got this past weekend.

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I'm thinking about painting the back of a new 400L tank I'm planning to get. It will be a hi tech heavily planted tank.

I'd like to paint it either black or very dark blue. Any recommendations between the two colors?

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I always pick black. If you're not sure, just get a black paper from stationary section in grocery store and use tape to stick it at the back of your tank. I actually never paint my tank. I use the film paper that you can get from lfs and just stick it behind the tank.

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I've always like paint better than paper or the stuff you can get at the LFS because you never get drip lines. If water drips down behind the film you'll see streaks through the aquarium from the drips. You can force the film up behind the plastic rim if your auqarium has one though which can help prevent this.

But, paint, ya don't have to worry about that, and it's easy to remove with a scrapper / razor if needed. The only drawback is that you need to be careful with moving stuff around on the back of the tank so that you don't put a scratch through the paint, but ya have to be careful about doing that with paper / film too.

And just to be clear, paint the OUTSIDE of the aquarium, not the inside.

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Instead of the normal lfs black paper stuff there is a self adhesive product called Oceanvisions. Since it adheres to the back glass, outside, there is no way water can get behind, leaving marks.

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I've seen the ocean visiions stuff...interesting...but paint is so much cheaper.

also, with acrylic craft paint, you can do really cool stuff like buy crackle coat glaze, or sponge paint it to add texture and depth.
You can even buy that fake stone spray paint, although if you do that, spray it on some poster board, and tape that up. that stone stuff is REALLY hard to remove from anything.

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I Use Oceanvisions and find it pretty good about $7.00 for a 30GH but like paint your stuck with it untill you peel it off or scrape. I found it at some dog site on the net. I will look for it if your interested.
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