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What color should I paint the back of my tank?

What is the best color to paint the back of a tank? I was just thinking of doing black but wanted to hear what others think and have done. Thanks!
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I like black myself.
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I would do black. I used very dark window tint. I used to have blue but, that shows off algae too much. I rarely scrap algae off of the back glass, that's for the Ottos.
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Has anyone else painted the back of their tank? Any special precautions?
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IME a large sheet of black poster board is faster, easier and cleaner than paint


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i wipe the tank down with rubbing alcohol and leave it to dry being sure not to touch the glass before you paint because hands are quite oily
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I painted my 90 dark blue.
Will paint the 75 same dark blue.
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Problem with poster board is I always drip water between the glass and the board.
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I would do black. I used very dark window tint. I used to have blue but, that shows off algae too much. I rarely scrap algae off of the back glass, that's for the Ottos.
+1 to window tint
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Black paint FTW
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I painted my 55g blue, don't like it much. Partly my fault because the airbrush messed up and I finished with a brush. So the paint turned out uneven, some of the lightly coated areas look paler than the heavier ones. For the next tank I tried a piece of framer's matting material (more textured than posterboard). So far so good, no dripping problems.
Window tint film sounds like a good option if affordable, it comes in a lot of shades.
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Krylon Fusion Black. Sticks to plastic, glass, and metal. And it sticks to glass well. Too well. Let's just say that if you want to paint your tank and you use Krylon, be sure that's the color that you really want.

I've been painting the back of my reef tanks for years and since this Krylon stuff came out it's been easy. Two coats and that's it.
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Don't do it. Just get a black background. Once you paint the back it's going to be really hard to change. I got bored with just black and was able to switch it to a dark blue.

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