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20g Mirror backed aquarium.

I hate the mirror.

Anyone know how I can get rid of it?is there any sort of water-safe paint that I could just use over it? I was thinking about just doing some sort of "rockish" looking wall over it. Eh, I dunno.
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You could build one of those Backgrounds for it & cover it. Do a search on "DIY Background". You'll find all kinds of cool Ideas for that!

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Here's some backgrounds that can be placed inside the aquarium but, they're a little pricey. Aquarium Background, Batu Cave
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vinyl sticker?
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Most mirrors that I have seen have a gray looking paint like stuff on the back. You might be able to use a razor blade to scrap it off and then you might have plain glass.

Anybody else know of this?

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Glass mirrors have a coating of aluminum on the back face, covered with a protective coating. You could scrape off the protective coating, but it would take an acid to etch off the aluminum and do a good job of it.

I had been considering using a mirror background for my tank, but if you are willing to do a lot of work to get rid of a good mirror, I think I will pass on my idea. When I got the tank the original owner had an aluminized mylar background on it, which looked very bad to me, so I pulled it off, but I figured it looked bad because the mirror was so imperfect. Is that what bothers you about the mirror?

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Thanks for the info everyone. I'll probably think about doing the DIY background if I decide to change it.

Yeah Hoppy, when I first got the tank from my sister, I thought I'd like the mirror. With high lighting, however, it creates a very unpleasing effect.
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I had a 30Gal. with a mirror back.. I didn't like it at all! If your back got the least dirtiness to it, It would show up like it's twice as dirty!
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You could also use a moss wall to cover it up, Would be extremely easy fix!

But its your choice not mine!

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