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TetraFan 01-29-2013 04:51 PM

Best Cheap Background?
 
Hi guys. I am looking for recommendations on the easiest, low-cost black background you can put on your tank (that isn't paint!) and how to do so. Thanks in advance!

polukoff 01-29-2013 05:16 PM

Spray paint is the cheapest and my favorite background.

Seattle_Aquarist 01-29-2013 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by TetraFan (Post 2386850)
Hi guys. I am looking for recommendations on the easiest, low-cost black background you can put on your tank (that isn't paint!) and how to do so. Thanks in advance!

Hi TetraFan,

I use the plastic sheet film available a most LFS in rolls; typically less than $1 per foot available in various heights. I cut to fit the back and tape in place. You can also use Vaseline to hold it in place but it can be messy.

http://images1.snapfish.com/23232323...3B977247ot1lsi

drewsuf82 01-29-2013 05:32 PM

I use the black background available at petco. I covered my 55 and two 10 gallons for under $12

TetraFan 01-29-2013 05:48 PM

Thanks for the replies! All I have seen at my LFS so far are pictured background rolls, but I will keep my eyes peeled for a black one!

Hoppy 01-29-2013 05:58 PM

Right now I'm using a piece of black cardstock I got at my local grocery store. I used little velcro pads to hold it in place. Looks great.

devilduck 01-29-2013 07:47 PM

You can also go to the fabric store and purchase black opaque fabric then velcro or clamp to the back of the tank.

antbug 01-29-2013 08:17 PM

Check your local sign shop. They toss out scrap vinyl all the time. Depending on the size of your tank, it could be free.

Some people like the look of window tint as a background. Check your local window tint shop for scrap pieces as well.

Absntmind 01-29-2013 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist (Post 2387202)
Hi TetraFan,

I use the plastic sheet film available a most LFS in rolls; typically less than $1 per foot available in various heights. I cut to fit the back and tape in place. You can also use Vaseline to hold it in place but it can be messy.

Pam Cooking Spray also works well.

Bluek24a4 01-29-2013 10:28 PM

I used the darkest window tint that I could find.

The Trigger 01-29-2013 11:37 PM

yeah dark window tint works great. if your looking for a great non glossy background than youre probably going to have to use matte black paint

MChambers 01-30-2013 12:52 AM

Or try Plasti-Dip, which sprays on, and is black, but isn't truly paint. More like a thin rubber sheet.

accordztech 01-30-2013 12:59 AM

I use a frosted light for the florecents it gives it a nice quiet foggy look. 4 bucks...and much better than the cheesy backgrounds

GMYukonon24s 01-30-2013 01:10 AM

I use a hard plastic material background.

longgonedaddy 01-30-2013 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by TetraFan (Post 2387394)
Thanks for the replies! All I have seen at my LFS so far are pictured background rolls, but I will keep my eyes peeled for a black one!



Check the reverse sides. :icon_cool


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