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q about painted tanks (back)

I'm preparing to paint my new tank. I understand latex will come off a little easier down the road if need be. But a question just popped in my head... will I be able to use one of the magnetic algae scrapers with a painted tank? Or will the rubbing action tend to peel the paint off? So just curious and I know several of you have painted backs. If thats the case I may opt for a more permanent paint like enamel.


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Good question. I have never scraped the back of my tank for algae. The plants cover 'em up. One thing about painted backs, I want to try a black paint now but the tank is too close to the wall and I don't feel like draining the tank.


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Generally with the black paint you can't see the algae. I have no idea if a scrapper would work or not.. I have a feeling that spray paint would make a thinner more even coat which may work better for a magnet than latex. I haven't had too much trouble removing spray paint with a razor blade either, and it might be a little easier to apply.


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+1 for the spray paint. I've had luck using a magnet scraper with my current tank. But with the other ones, I've accidentally peeled some paint off before.
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Go with the spray paint it will be a lot easier. Shine a light from the front of the tank as you paint so you can get good even coats. 3 to 4 light coats are better then 1 thick coat. Remember to take your time.

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Forgot to mention that mine was a spray paint job too and it's blue


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+1 for the spray paint. I've had luck using a magnet scraper with my current tank. But with the other ones, I've accidentally peeled some paint off before.
And the difference is that it is smoother because its sprayed? Or did you use different paint like latex before and enamel for the spray paint?

I'm now thinking I might have to do something a bit different for algae removal anyhow. Unless I rig up the magnetic scraper on a pole I am going to have a tough time getting to it with a 8' long tank up against a wall. Maybe I'll just have to get to it from inside the tank, if need be.


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I use any cheap non glossy spray paint (black) from the hardware store. To prevent the paint from scratching off, I also covered it over with a regular aquarium backing. This should allow you to use a magnetic algae scrubber without having to worry about the paint job.


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Good idea, just seems kind of ironic that after painting a tank I'd have to still use a background lol.


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I paint all of my tank backs with Black Krylon spraypaint that I get at walmart for 1.29 a can. 3 coats and it looks perfect. I use my scraper magnets on them no problem..

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Good idea, just seems kind of ironic that after painting a tank I'd have to still use a background lol.
Yeah, it's just I sometimes use a HOB filter on the tanks. After awhile, the little rubber piece of the HOB that sits against the tank, seems to adhear to the glass, with or without paint. When I move the HOB, it takes some of the paint off. The background is just a protection. I use garbage bags, paper bags, etc for it.


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