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Easiest way to make a black background?

I'm looking at putting a black background on my 30 gal. I used to have a black paper background on it but I was never satisfied with the result. When it started to peel off anyways, I just removed it. I have thought about black paint, but idk what the best thing to use is. The main thing i didn't like about the paper background was the bubbles that got caught under it no matter how hard i tried to smooth them out. This is why I'm thinking about trying paint. Any suggestions?
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I used 5% window tint. It is removable. You do need a little skill but, it can be put on with out bubbles.
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I'm looking at putting a black background on my 30 gal. I used to have a black paper background on it but I was never satisfied with the result. When it started to peel off anyways, I just removed it. I have thought about black paint, but idk what the best thing to use is. The main thing i didn't like about the paper background was the bubbles that got caught under it no matter how hard i tried to smooth them out. This is why I'm thinking about trying paint. Any suggestions?
Krylon fusion flat black works really good

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Black krylon paint
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My issue is that the tank is already fully set up. Is this something I can do with the tank already established?
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My issue is that the tank is already fully set up. Is this something I can do with the tank already established?
oh never mind then thats prob not a good idea Id say just double sided tape and black paper then

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is there a paint that's not a spray that I could use a roller to apply?
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I've so used krylon fusion black paint.
It's as easy as spraying it on
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As long as you can work behind the tank, you can use window film. However, it won't be easy without some room to work.
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As long as you can work behind the tank, you can use window film. However, it won't be easy without some room to work.
I can move the tank out from the wall if i remove a good bit of water from it during a water change. That would give me some room to work. How exactly do you apply it?
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I once painted a 75 gallon tank that was inches from the wall. I used a corn dog roller and flat black paint,(also painted another with flat blue) using pints of random indoor house paints. Make sure glass is spotless prior to paint, even use a bit of vinegar. Two coats and mine turned out great.

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I can move the tank out from the wall if i remove a good bit of water from it during a water change. That would give me some room to work. How exactly do you apply it?
Cut a piece to fit. Get some slightly soapy water - a bucket of water with a small squirt of dish detergent in it. Use a sponge to wet the back of the tank. Place the film against the back, sliding it around until it is in the right spot, then use a squeegee, like window washers use, to press the film to the glass, get the air bubbles and excess water out. Wipe off the excess water, and it is ready to use. I find it pretty easy to do, and it takes about of foot of clearance behind the tank for me to do it.

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I use a 1/16" thick black acrylic sheet behind the tank. It's not glued to the tank, just leaning against it. At that thickness, it costs less than $5 per square foot.
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