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.
It will look like this
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.
125g semi planted. 2 silver angels, 14 silver tips, 16 white fin ornatus tetras, pair of Nicaraguense, pair of nototus severums, trio of firemouth cichlids. 2 FX5s, 1 1500gph circ pump, 2 48" LED lighs, and a HUGE piece of driftwood.
650g fish room. 15 30g tanks, 150g sump.