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I'm trying to decide on a background for my aquarium, I know I want to do black. My top options are acrylic paint, plastidip, or regular spray paint. Which should I pick? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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I used frosting film most recently. Really easy to apply. I'm pretty sure they have black window film too. I like it because it's super easy to put on and take off.


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I've thought about that but where do you get those?
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I use Black Foam Board without any problems. Bought it at Lucky Supermarket for less than $5.00.
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Frosting film. Much easier

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I got my frosting film from Menards. You can find it at most Hardware stores or placing like Walmart.


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I got my frosting film from Menards. You can find it at most Hardware stores or placing like Walmart.
hi swarley... how's the frosting film coming along

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oh hey. It looks really great. Here's what it looks like: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...aquascape.html


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I use Black Foam Board without any problems. Bought it at Lucky Supermarket for less than $5.00.

Just my 0.02, with putting a solid object like foam board behind the tank - eventually water will get between the board and the glass. Now you have water spots that are very difficult to clean if you can't move the tank (speaking from experience here). If you go with some type of paint, eventually you may have bubbles or adhesion issues as most paint is not made for glass (LFS painted the back of all their tanks years ago - now looks like crap). The advantage with films that are made for glass - they are made for glass! You could just as easily go to a car parts store and get 20% Limo tint and apply it to the back our your tank. Depending on how much light gets behind your tank, it likely will appear to be perfectly black. And water will never get between the film and the glass.
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