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12-12-2012 02:26 PM
NYREPS I love the blue background a lot better then the black....good call !
12-12-2012 02:05 PM
dastowers Moved a good bit of the plants as they were growing like weeds to some of my other tanks to give the Discus elbow room. Also removed the large driftwood as I wanted to be able to clean the tank efficiently. It KILLED me as I love the overplanted look.

Before with the black:

This last photo is of another Angel tank I have - when I moved them from the Discus 150 to here they spawned for the first time. As you can see by the canister return I was not expecting this! LOL! Good excuse to get them their own breeder tank.

12-11-2012 09:52 PM
dastowers Well, in for an update. Peeled..yes peeled like a tangerine off the black background. The paint I used form a FANTASTIC plastic type film on the glass. Loved the finish..just moved to Discus and they started to pepper. I bought 8 of Tony Tan's Discus - 5 Scarlets and 3 Diamond Turqs. Beautiful fish..schooled the second full day home. Noticed they started to pepper with the black background. I HATED the idea of scrapping the back but it just peeled off so sheet-like I giggled. It wore like iron so I was very surprised but pleased.

Found a great Glidden color called "Sweet Baby Boy" soft blue which in almost the same as my Sherwin Williams wall color. This is perfect. The Discus love it. The Turqs were almost so dark I couldn't see them against the back wall. Once I painted it the light blue they sparkled like sapphires. Will post the pics as soon as dinner is finished.
12-02-2012 02:31 AM
golfer_d Cool thanks for the idea...I will have to take a look.
12-02-2012 12:38 AM
Originally Posted by golfer_d View Post
Where did you find the limo tint?
You can get them anywhere Walmart ,auto shop , I got mine at amazon
12-02-2012 12:07 AM
dastowers It's ok. I am fond of the "ghetto" look. Lmao!
12-02-2012 12:07 AM
golfer_d Where did you find the limo tint?
12-02-2012 12:03 AM
NYREPS Oops didn't know you already did it lol sorry I guess I'm too late to make you change your mine.
12-01-2012 11:57 PM
dastowers Looks great NYREPS. Next time I will try that out.
12-01-2012 11:54 PM
NYREPS Do not use paint !! There is better way to do this and when ever you want to take the paint off it will take you forever to scrape that crap off and what a mess it's gonna make.

If you want smokey cloudy white you can use this
If you want it black then you can use this

I use both of them for my tanks you will get a processional look ,paint will look ghetto !

this is artscape

this is black limo tint

Easy to take off when ever you don't want it anymore
12-01-2012 11:32 PM
dastowers Yes, it is the no VOC paint. I had an exhaust fan in the window. It is a huge difference in the daytime. I actually think the fish feel more secure with the black background. They are front and center.
12-01-2012 10:58 PM
golfer_d Looks good.

Did you just use a standard black latex paint?
12-01-2012 10:32 PM
dastowers Here they are as promised. NOTE: that is the SAME light! Same time of day, same iPhone camera settings. The difference in light rebound is amazing to me.

12-01-2012 08:47 PM
golfer_d Look forward to seeing the result.

I am in need of something as well for my 10 gallon. It is all set up but is on my work bench so I can easily access the back glass area. Was thinking of painting that portion black.
12-01-2012 07:37 PM
dastowers When the glare from the windows in my office goes away I will post them. :-)
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