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Old 11-28-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Painted Background on a 150 gallon planted?-UPDATED WITH PICS

I have been lurking for a year or so but now I have some questions. What do you think looks best as a background for a large planted tank with angels? The tank frame and stand are black. Waiting for the BUILDMYLED show tank lights. two- 48 inch 75 degree angle lights pick by Nick the owner of the business after a LONG conversion of what I am doing with my tank. They will be hanging from the ceiling a foot off the tank. SO....sorry to be long winded but it will be a techy looking tank but heavily planted. Most of the background is blocked by plants but the stray cord peeking through drives me crazy!

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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I think a coating of black paint looks great. -it hides the cords/tubes/equipment, it doesn't leave weird spots/gaps since it's painted right on the (outside) glass. Easy to apply, inexpensive, etc.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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Dont mean to butt in but im in the same situation with my tanks now? What type of paint is safe to use and what about the fumes around the water surface?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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Dont mean to butt in but im in the same situation with my tanks now? What type of paint is safe to use and what about the fumes around the water surface?

Glass paint on the outside of the glass.

Are you painting the tank while its filled? That would pose some challenges.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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Try painting the outside of the glass. If you want some kind of picture, you'll have to do it in reverse order. Wish I could make it more understandable. Similar to how they do it in the windows of Fast food chains.
No worries for contaminants that way.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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If youre tank is already established I would not paint it. Especially since it is probably up against a wall....that could pose a challenge.

Not having a back ground drove me insane. I tore my tank down, took it outside and painted it... Now when I get new tanks I always paint the back before I set them up.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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I suggest you use colored paper, to see how various colors look. Your 'best' will depend on your lights, substrate, pants/fish/inverts and room lighting.

Here's a ligt blue painted background I did with left over interior flat wall paint. coats 1-3 were white with the lightest of blue tint. Coats 4-5 were flat white.



I used 5 very thin coats to avoid brush marks.

Lighter colors will reflect light, black will absorb it. So keep that in mind to get the affect you are after.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:15 PM   #8
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Painting the glass can be very simple or overly complicated. I prefer very simple goto your local craft type store find some cheap water based acrylic craft paint generally runs 1$ or 2$ for a 4oz bottle. you'll need to thin the paint with a little water then either brush it on or use a foam roller. As stated before this is much easier if the tank is empty . These paints are non toxic and water based so no special masks are required I still wouldn't want to get any in the tank but it works well and if later on down the line you decide you don't like it it's easily removable with a razor blade it peels of in sheets.

Used this on my tank photos of the final result are in my Signature.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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Painting the glass can be very simple or overly complicated. I prefer very simple goto your local craft type store find some cheap water based acrylic craft paint generally runs 1$ or 2$ for a 4oz bottle.
So how may 4oz. bottles do you think it will take to paint a 150gl tank?


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Old 11-29-2012, 06:05 PM   #10
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So how may 4oz. bottles do you think it will take to paint a 150gl tank?


Sorry couldn't resist
I used about 1/2 of a 4 oz bottle to do my 55 with 2 coats of paint so 1 4oz bottle would be enough to get at least 2 coats on a 150. At 1 - 2 $ per bottle it's cheaper and much less toxic then spray paint and even latex paint. And the craft paint is fairly thick so thinning it with a little water will net you a bit more then 4oz probably closer to 6oz.

Honestly it doesn't have to be 100% opaque unless you have a light source behind the tank your trying to block out
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #11
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I used about 1/2 of a 4 oz bottle to do my 55 with 2 coats of paint so 1 4oz bottle would be enough to get at least 2 coats on a 150....
I couldn't imaging you could get that coverage with 2oz of paint. Of course I've never measured out paint, so 2 oz. must be more than I realize?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #12
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I couldn't imaging you could get that coverage with 2oz of paint. Of course I've never measured out paint, so 2 oz. must be more than I realize?

I use this stuff to airbrush with you can get a lot of coverage even with a mini foam roller just have to thin out the paint a bit as it's fairly thick out of the bottle if you thin it out to say a pepto bismol consistency you effectively almost double the amount of paint you have in the bottle. Adhesion to glass is very good as well as plastic and wood. It has the added benefit of being non-toxic as well clean up is just warm water and a lil dish soap if needed.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:39 PM   #13
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I painted a 125gal with one of Home depot 2.99 samples of latex and their 2.96 mini rollers. two coats and done.

But I now use poster board taped to the frame of the tank. for whatever reason having even a small gap between the glass and the background prevents all the little floaty things in the water from being visible. of course this is on my 75gal that has a overflow box slightly off center so there are no seams.
--this is also easy to install, cheap, and easy to change

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #14
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Get a piece of black vinyl from a sign company. If you don't like it, you can just peel it off since no adhesive.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:17 PM   #15
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Drop cloth, fabric, poster board, painted paper. All are fun ideas that you can change very easily.
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