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Tank background

I was just wondering what kind of backgrounds you guys use for your planted tanks. Do you paint it, or use a plastic background, or something else?
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I use black trash bags.
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If you want the modern look, it is really neat to crinkle aluminum foil and then spread it back out over some cardboard. You can use it like that for a silver back-ground, or spray paint it for color.

If you spray one color from one 45 degree angle, and then spray another from the opposite 45 degree angle, then as you walk by you get color change. Cool for kids tanks.

However, for my planted tanks, I like the look of the black trash bag.

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I went with a new product that is vinyl, and has self stick adhesive. You apply it like window tint. Since it sticks to the glass you dont get water behind it. Comes in blue or black. Mine turned out great. After it was applied, I just went around the edges with a razor blade to trim the excess, and it was a perfect fit.

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Painted mine with rustoleum black enamel. Haven't had a regret!

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I went with a new product that is vinyl, and has self stick adhesive. You apply it like window tint. Since it sticks to the glass you dont get water behind it. Comes in blue or black. Mine turned out great. After it was applied, I just went around the edges with a razor blade to trim the excess, and it was a perfect fit.

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It also comes in forest green and Mirrored! I have the Oceanvisions mirrored vinyl and it looks fantastic . . . gives alot of depth to the tank - almost like there is no background at all. You could also fix a real mirror to the back of the tank if it's not too big. I've seen an Oceanic Hex 30g whose back 3 sides were made of mirror (siliconed together, like instead of glass) and it looked fabulous.

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Initially, I had painted a background which was basically various shades of blue, and it looked very good until I actually got the thing up on a stand... Now it has no background 'cause the fish in that tank can see the fish in the tank behind it and they like to flirt with each other (female bettas in one, male bettas in the other, divided)

I still like it, though.
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Painted it black. By the time the plants get big you can't see the background anyway!

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Painted mine with rustoleum black enamel. Haven't had a regret!

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Did the same thing with all of my tanks, planted or not. I used the "Satin" finish.

Just wanted to add:
ONE can covered a 30" and a 20" iron stand, the backs of 5 10 gallon tanks, 1 2.5 gallon, 1 30 gallon long, 1 29 gallon, 1 20 gallon long, the trim of the 20 gallon long, and I STILL have about 1/2 the can left over.
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why do tanks even need a background?
my 29gal has a mirror behind it and
my 10gal is intentionally see thru

admittedly I'm working on a moss wall
background for my 29gal, but that
won't be ready for a few Months

here's a web sight with rocks & backgrounds;


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Flat black Formica glued to a piece of Masonite.
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i like the look of no background and see thru.

but i would like to see some pictures if you guys have them.
i was wondering what a black background would look like.

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A background makes the plants, and fish stand out even more, and IMO just gives the tank a much better look.
Now if you had a tank as a center room divider then naturally you wouldnt want a background, but any tank agaist a wall benefits by a background as it hides the cords and such.

I always use black for a Planted tank, For saltwater, I like to use a blue background


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