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Old 09-22-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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I have almost finished painting the house; and it is time to unpack my new tank. I was wondering what people would recommend for the backing. Blue/Black, Pain/Contact, or the latex rock (expensive).
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Personally, I painted the back of mine with a few coats of black latex house paint. Goes on smooth and comes off easy if you dont like it or want to change it.
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Well I kind of did something easy and not to expensive I bought some Black Felt Cloth and cut it out to fit the size of my tank and just cut a few squares of velcro and stuck it to the back of my tank looks great and less of a Mess for spray painting I think....
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Well I kind of did something easy and not to expensive I bought some Black Felt Cloth and cut it out to fit the size of my tank and just cut a few squares of velcro and stuck it to the back of my tank looks great and less of a Mess for spray painting I think....
IMO, there is a huge issue with this Frank. Salt "creep" can and will get into that felt cloth and won't come off. It might look great now but sooner or later, it wont.
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IMO, there is a huge issue with this Frank. Salt "creep" can and will get into that felt cloth and won't come off. It might look great now but sooner or later, it wont.

How is Salt creep created?
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How is Salt creep created?
It's a build up of salt that eventually takes over anything on or near the tank if you dont keep on top of it. But once it gets into that black felt of yours, I don't think you can clean that back to original color.

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Aquarium Salt Creep!!
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I have almost finished painting the house; and it is time to unpack my new tank. I was wondering what people would recommend for the backing. Blue/Black, Pain/Contact, or the latex rock (expensive).
I have tanks with black and I have tanks with blue backgrounds. I have found that I like the blue better. It seems to brighten the tank up and look more realistic.
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Oh... Well if it help don't know if it would make a difference but I only put about 52 gallons of my water in my tank so is about 10 inches lower than having it all the way filled to maxium 55 gallons of what i have... I am also using a Canister filter and Protein Skimmer which is Submersible in my tank so there is not alot of bubbles for it to create bubbles.... plus I have a custom Plastic mold that my brother made for the top of my take that protect from any water bubbles that make cause the salt to get everywhere.... if that makes since...
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Oh... Well if it help don't know if it would make a difference but I only put about 52 gallons of my water in my tank so is about 10 inches lower than having it all the way filled to maxium 55 gallons of what i have... I am also using a Canister filter and Protein Skimmer which is Submersible in my tank so there is not alot of bubbles for it to create bubbles.... plus I have a custom Plastic mold that my brother made for the top of my take that protect from any water bubbles that make cause the salt to get everywhere.... if that makes since...
It makes sense BUT....creep mostly happens through evaporation. It just gets a jumpstart through spills or splashes. It really doesnt matter how much water you have in the tank. I have to whipe my light fixture's lense cover off once a week to get that stuff off.
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Ah... Now I see.... Yeah I was already wiping down my Plactic cover but luckily i haven't seen anything yet on my felt cloth... but now I see what your saying....
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