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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Painted background questions

Hey everyone I've become bored with seeing my plumbing and cords behind my plants they just take away from the tanks and although I shouldn't paint my sunlight tanks I have a couple I feel like I need to, now my first question is what color and finish should I use? And is there a way I can make it look frosted, I'm looking for something that isn't impossible to take off and I can affix suction cups to, I have seen frosted window film but have had no luck finding them, would green or black be a bad choin for color? Tanks have very bright fish and one has very red plants any opinions appreciated. Tank sizes are 10g and 20g ls
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i never thought about frosted. IMO that would look awesome but i haven't seen window film like that if you find a source you should let me know. also IMO black is a good choice. i see a lot of people with blue but i don't really like it. if i were to do it i would only go black. another opinion is you could buy certain things that you will be able to use outside of the tank. i.e. lily pipes for the inlet and outlet, clear tubing for filter, inline heater, inline co2 reactor, upgrade filter for more flow. the only way you'll be able to use any of those items is if you have a canister filter. if you're using a HOB you should just paint the back black. or maybe try and find/cut a mirror to size. i've thought about doing that but haven't made the leap. it's not going to hide what's in the tank but it'll hide what's behind it.
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I have lilly pipes however I can still see the tubing and what not in the back as my plants don't block enough I might try black but gotta find a paint I can use and I hate the blue also especially the bright glossy blue makes it look weird just wish I had black substrate
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I personally dont care for blue back grounds either I always paint mine black. If you are trying to paint your tank while its full be sure you seal it properly. Also give it several coats if its in front of a window because the sunlight will make any light spots show
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what paint do you use jl209?
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Any paint will work.Ive used expensive spraypaint and i also literally JUST used a 98 cent can about 5 minutes ago to spray my new 40 breeder.


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Ya just get some krylon or rustoleum nothing special really. It dries fast once its dry it wont hurt anything.
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Can anyone post pics of what their painted tanks look like? I'd love to see them!

I work in a fabric dept., and I cut some material & tacked it to the back (outside, of course) with two little dots of gel super glue. I read and older post by someone who used acrylics to paint the back of his tank in mottled greens. I'd like to try hazy, mottled greens & browns, like a creek bed out of focus. Nice thing about acrylics, if you don't like it, you can scrape it off easily with a razor.
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Krylon makes a spray on window frosting. I've used on a bathroom window. Since it's not opaque, you need to be very careful to apply evenly. Otherwise, it works great. More coats increases the effect so it's easy to get the level of filtering you want.

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thanks for that cggorman. i may try that out on my 10g to see how it looks. Shrimp any paint will be easy to take off as long as the outside of the tank isn't scratched to hell
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Ya definitely thanks for that cggorman! I really want to frost the back but I already have my substrate and hardscape done, I may just take it down so I can frost it, my walls are yellow

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You could try one of those cheap frosted shower curtains.
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How would it stick to the tank? Vaseline?

EDIT: Lookie what I found: http://www.windowfilmandmore.com/whi...?variation=281

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Awesome thanks cggorman I will have to find a way to not get it everywhere glad I have a lot of cardboard, how long would it take to dry and be ready for suction cups?
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Lil' Swimz$, that's a great site. Some of their other decorative films are really nice - like the bronze frosted & the green frosted.
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