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Old 01/10/2008, 07:50 PM
ImprezaSTi ImprezaSTi is offline
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Aquarium Background

What is everyone using as their aquarium background? I bought a black background from the LFS and can't seem to get the effect that I see in pictures here. The background I bought gives a reflection of the rock and just makes the aquarium seem smaller.
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:52 PM
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ppl paint the back of the tank with a flat black. or blue
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:55 PM
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Any other alternatives? The tank is already setup and is against the wall, so I would have to drain out half the water, move the tank ect...
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:27 PM
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how long do you have to let the tank aireate before setting up after painting?
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Old 01/11/2008, 02:51 PM
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There will be algae covering the back of the tank in no time, hopefully. I would not worry about the reflection.
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Old 01/11/2008, 07:40 PM
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would it be possible to spray paint the wallpaper rather than the glass?
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Old 01/11/2008, 07:42 PM
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Worth a try I dont think it would hurt since the reflection is most likley coming form the laminet anyway.
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:18 PM
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maybe some black formicah, cut to size would work, you could slide it in from the side?
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Old 01/11/2008, 10:18 PM
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I used a water color style contact paper, put two sided tape around the edge.

I used the weather stripping style tape very strong.
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Old 01/11/2008, 11:25 PM
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I've heard that if you smear petroleum jelly on the background, then slide it onto your tank it 1. won't get salt creep behind it, and 2. won't reflect as much. I just stack a bunch of rock in there, and you can't really see the back.
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Old 01/11/2008, 11:36 PM
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I use the store bought stuff. but instead of tape I use a dishwashing soap and water soution and wet the backing applt to tank and work out the air bubbles. Works great for me.
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Old 01/11/2008, 11:53 PM
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maybe some black formicah, cut to size would work, you could slide it in from the side?
Thats what I have on my tank, hard to keep it tight to the tank and any little spill that gets between the tank and panel leaves white streaks
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Old 01/12/2008, 12:05 AM
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In the upper lefthand corner in a roller made to paint behind toilet tanks. Works if you have about 2 to3 inches.

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Old 01/12/2008, 01:28 AM
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Go to a sign shop and get a scrap piece of black vinyl. I hear that works well.
 

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