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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2002, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I'm a little tired of messing around with the plastic backgrounds and I intend to paint the back of my 135 gallon when I tear it down in a month or so.

What colour of painted backgrounds are people using?

What types of paint are people have success/lack of success with?

Currently I'm leaning toward black because I'm not sure that much colour would be a good thing. But I'd consider a colour if someone has some pics!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2002, 11:45 PM
 
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I had painted the back of a 45 gallon black one time and it was very nice looking...
The tank was pretty much trashed to begin with but it held water so I bought it ( 5 bucks at a yardsale )
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All I did was paint it with some black latex that I had hangin around and to this day it is still on... I gave it to a friend of mine 2 years ago !
Just clean the glass very good and make sure there is no moisture AT ALL..
good luck..
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I've used two colors/types of background. One, I simply used tin foil, mainly to help increase the light level in the tank. The other I used black construction paper taped to the back of the tank. I think I liked that look the best.
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I spray painted the back of a 10g black for my Neolamprologus multifasciatus. They come from the bottom of Lake Tanganyika and there's basically just sand down there so a "designed" background didn't make sense. They were easy to see against the black too.

I just cleaned it off real good, flipped the tank over on a piece of newspaper and sprayed it down with Dupli-color black enamel.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-09-2002, 02:56 PM
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I've done quite a few black latex background tanks but lately I'm much preferring blue latex paint...

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I used black Painters Touch by Rust-Oleum. I got the gloss black and it looks awesome on the back of my 55 gallon. Use about three light coats instead of one heavy one.
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I honestly am not sure, but doesn't black-colored things absorb light? I would think that would be bad in a planted tank. But maybe not? Does any one know? I don't know what color background would be good though.
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The color of the background really won't have a significant impact on the light in the tank. It's really just a matter of aesthetics.

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