Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Midlothian, Texas
Painting the back of the tank
I did not search this first (started to), because I was not sure HOW to search this topic...
I have read threads/posts about people painting the back of the tank black. It was suggested through PM and email that I am loosing a lot of light out the back of my 10g tank (which I am having a lot of problems keeping cabombia and hornwart alive) and covering the back of the tank should help...ok...I have RCS, 4 GS, and Red ramshorn snails only in this tank (well a pond or two also), so I thought a Black background would really show the RCS and the "orange" Red snails off great. It was also suggested that I use white instead of black as white reflects the light back into the tank, and black absorbs it (true...why do you think school buses roofs are usually white...to reflect the heat away from the bus)...great suggestion!
Now to the question...those of you who do have the back of your tank painted black. How do you keep your plants alive? If you loose a lot of light to the background, do you just increase you watts (WPG)? I would love to go black in my tank, but right now until I know how to get around "loosing" light, I will have to go with the white background...is there a special paint that "reflects the light even though it is black?
Plants: Java Moss, Pennywart (floating), Naja, Cabombia, 2 very poor condition Hornwart, and Lace fern (doing better)
DIY CO2 (lace started doing better after adding this)
Filter: Sponge on one side...corner filter on other
Heater: Pre-set at 78*
Lights: Med based (reg screw in) plant lights (6400?K-15w)
Inhabitants: 14 baby/juvie/young adult RCS, 4 Ghostie juvies, 3 adult Ramshorn snails and lots of baby snails.
I don't dose ferts on a reg base, because I just found one at Petco that was safe for shrimp (0-0-3). I know that may not be enough, but it was all they had. I know I can get the 1lb ferts from Greg?, but I don't need that much yet.
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