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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-10-2008, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question best way to make/buy a background

So basically I need to make/buy a solid black background. What works for you?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-10-2008, 10:41 PM
 
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Spraypaint. Of course, not the inside of the tank, but from the outside.
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I paint the outside of the back of my tank black.

You can also paint on a piece of cardboard, and then tape it to the glass, so you won't have to ruin the glass.

Or a black bristol board.

Another cheap way is to just garbage bags cut to size.
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You could also get a thick piece of black felt and tape it to the back of the tank.


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my LPS has black background paper/plastic, pretty high quality stuff that they'll cut to fit any tank's back panel. check it out in my sig, it looks just like a painted back without the paint part, lol


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I found a black background that you put on with soapy water and a credit card to smooth it out. It clings tightly, no air bubbles or peeling up at the corners and is so easy to apply. I've had it on my tank for over 2 years and it still looks great.
I would buy this vs going through all the trouble of painting.
http://www.aquaricare.org/generic.html?pid=4
If you still paint it's because you haven't discovered this product.
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Well the one I bought you just tape in spot...


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If you have the time I would paint it and avoid the aggrevation of a background. They just dont ever look as nice and last as long. I have always painted my tanks but my 75G was setup in a hurry when I cracked a 56G in the middle of the night and didnt have time to do it right !

Now its just a pain in the butt to paint in place due to space and laziness and the paper background SUCKS ! Go for the paint.

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This is a recent thread where we discussed painting a tank with pics of the 56G that CRACKED on me at 3AM in the morning...

EDIT:It had nothing to do with the paint though !
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...k-my-tank.html
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Hijacked ^^

But I would use latex paint if you want. That way if you ever want to do it again in a different color or pattern or whatnot all you have to do is get a razor-blade and some pent up aggression.
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I would've done paint if I hadn't already set up the tanks. Its to much work for me to drain water, move it, risk of paint contaminating the inside, etc, etc.

I might get poster board or something else big and black.

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i'm using a black background you can buy from a lfs.
painting seems so permanent to me. i just didn't like the thought of it.
it only takes minutes to put up a background so thats another plus.
i was very pleased at how the background looks. no complaints at all and i would recommend it.

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I would've done paint if I hadn't already set up the tanks. Its to much work for me to drain water, move it, risk of paint contaminating the inside, etc, etc.

I might get poster board or something else big and black.

I just painted (brush) my 55G last week with all the fish/water/plants still in it. It's fine now and looks much better. Overall the whole process took about an hour. I applied 4 thin coats of Rustoleum oil based enamel. I just put masking tape along the edges and put a towel over the top of the tank.
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Heavy garbage bags work great. Split the seams spay bottle water on tank smooth with a plastic card couple pieces of tape on sides and top. Black background for about 25cents
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I paint the outside of the back of my tank black.

You can also paint on a piece of cardboard, and then tape it to the glass, so you won't have to ruin the glass.

Or a black bristol board.

Another cheap way is to just garbage bags cut to size.
Thanks for the garbage bag idea. I just tried it out on my 10 gallon QT tank and it works nice. Cheap too.


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