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Painting the back....with a twist.

Hey guys. I (like many others) do not like aquarium backrounds, or if there were one I liked, it was a giant PITA to get it to look right. I decided I was going to paint the back of my tank, but I didn't want a bright blue, or just a regualr black, so I changed it up a bit. I used 2 pints of latex paint(from home depot). I cleaned the glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry for an hour or so before painting. I used a standard 20g Long, a small paint brush, a large(5"wide) brush, and a small foam roller.

I painted the back first just lumping on the black paint with the small brush. Once it is covered lightly but you cannot see through it. Then I took the large brush and made a little design going back and forth from side to side, so you could see small streaks through the black paint.
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Repeat with the sides and let dry for about 6 hours. After it is dried, I took my blue paint and just dumped a fair amount on top of the black, and rolled it on with the foam roller (about 6" across). This is the finished product.





Enjoy, questions comments, let me hear them.

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I dig it! very different.
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It's like underwater modern art
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you gonna use a black substrate? that'd be pretty sweet.


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Thanks...yeah I'll be using black supernaturals sand(once I get my 135 going). Different lights too.

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Reminds me a bit of Van Gogh and Munch. I still like solid black though.
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This tank is going to look very nice once its all filled in. very flowy background.
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When you add to the tank keep us updated with pics should look cool
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Yeah, I think I'm on the fence (but leaning towards the "I really like it" side) and think I need to see how well it goes with the substrate and other decor in the tank.

Definitely a very interesting concept.

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You can use some course steal wool and add a few vertical strips (removing the paint) and then add some green paint to them to make it look like vals growing out in the distance etc.

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Thanks guys, It will be a little while before this one gets much done with it as I am in the middle of setting up my 135 (similar backround, more random small lines than flowing like this) but I will update when I do get around to it.

Joetee- the only problem with that is since it is a latex paint, once it is dried, if you take some off it's only going to peel.

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Here is my 135 currently(with dirty glass) with the painted back as well.


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I like the creativity, but personally I don't like the result. It looks too contrived, not natural enough. Not that I should cast stones though, I've got the cheezy pet store background that looks like a grainy photo of plants.
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I like the look, but I think IMO that a little darker would look nicer. Maybe some dark to medium browns etc. Don't get me wrong, It looks great but I really don't like blue back grounds.

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