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painted back or not painted back that is the question

so after my other tank broke i had to find another. since i didnt want to buy a kit and spend $30, i dug around in storage and found one. its one i painted the back on a couple years ago. would you use a painted back tank for tb's or just see though and clear? oh fyi will be future home to blue bold and probably panda's
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Black backgrounds are always nice. Let's everything really stand out
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my tank is more of a dark navy blue lol. im wondering how well i will be able to see black shrimp on it though.
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Back of my tank is black. I think it looks better. Cant see all my wires and hoses behind either.. also I dont have to clean the back of the tank.. nice.. to each his own tho..
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I just use scrapbook paper.
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I always paint my back black...gotta be able to see those shrimp and not some white drywall

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I don't know what size tank your talking, wicca, but if on the smaller size, I would remove the paint and start over. Get a few different colored scrapbook colors, hold behind the tank filled with water, and see what looks best to you. Then repaint, or use paper. You can always change paper, but not so easy to change paint.

You are right, black on black or dark colored background will not show up nicely, especially with dark substrate. I recently just taped plain white copy paper behind a 5 gallon Rorschach guppy breeding tank because they did not show up well on clear glass, even with light colored paint behind it (creme colored). Now every little fry pops and stands out. I don't want to paint the tank because I may not always have blackish fish in it.

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I always paint my back black...gotta be able to see those shrimp and not some white drywall
^This. I do it every single time as it does help hide the cords well. I've never kept tb's(not yet anyway) but the tanks I've seen here are very clean looking. But I would imagine black or dark blue wouldn't really matter either way as after a while bio-film/algae would cover the walls anyway so the shrimp would still be very visable.
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here is a trick for those that like to paint tanks. use latex/water based indoor house paint. when you want to remove put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and mist on the dried paint and it will turn to "rubber" and peal right off. i use acrylic wood paint and sponge brush for the back of my tanks. fast and water based. not hard to remove. its just a small tank so i might try it for a bit and see how it goes. its nothing to plastic wrap the tank and peal off paint if i dont like it or cant see the shrimp. im more to keep tanks open. never have used back grounds really. i tried 3 tanks with paint, black, navy, and bright blue. the navy is by far my favorite. black just sucks the light out of the tank, and bright blue was just to fake looking. ill post pics in a bit when i get the soil in it tonight. thanks for the thoughts all.
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Black it. Makes colors pop


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black does not make black shrimp pop it hides them. lol. i had that problem with my oebt. i had them on black sand and all i ever saw was orange eyes moving around lol. if im paying $25+ per shrimp i want to see the darn things lol. im not a fan of black on tanks. ive tried it. i do kinda like navy though so ill vacuum out the tank and get the soil in and post lol
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25 each? Pricey little guys. Some pics of obet look almost black and some are light and vibrant.. Is that a difference in the grade or does it just depend on the source?


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oebt dont breed true and i think it is also a source thing. alot have now bright blues. mine i had several shades of blue and some big black looking females that had a red/rust shade over the back of them. blue bolt and panda are still pretty costly for good quality.
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Check this out
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I did that, it hides all the stuff in the back it lets some light I love it.
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