Originally Posted by spikey
Thanks for your advise, and additional comment on salt creep.
I have my small tanks and have a regular cleaning cycle. However I am a little anxious about salt creep with my larger tank , mainly salt creep and the sump and the electricals around.
I think I like the idea of the 'black latex house paint'. Chisel, you mention that you can just remove it easily if needed. How does it go with the silicon on the edges?
Painting the back of a tank is not hard at all. I will show what I did for my 55g.
1 quart of black latex house paint
1 4-5" paint roller
1 small paint pan
Painters tape (I did not use this but it is optional)
1 small paint brush
First step is the cleaning. This is best to do outside but not on anything you care about. This mix kills grass. In a bucket, mix half vinegar/water. soak the sponge in the mix and scrub (with soft side of sponge), all areas. After this is done, you want to rinse until you can't smell any hint of the vinegar anywhere on the aquarium. After you can't smell it anymore, rinse a couple times more just for good measure. Let dry. Using a soft cloth, buff out any water spots you can find if there are any.
Second step is painting. Prep your area where you will be paining with cardboard, newspaper or whatever you want. This is where you also want to put the painters tape on the edges if you prefer. Open and mix the paint well. Using roller, apply long smooth strokes from one end to the other until surface is covered. Let dry and repeat at least 2 more times to assure coverage.
The latex paint can almost peel off if you don't like it or it can be easily removed with a razor blade.
You asked how this effects the silicone? It doesn't. There should be no silicone on any of the outside edges. If there is, it should be very little and the paint will not effect it.