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Old 03-13-2005, 05:07 PM   #1
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painting my tank

I am just in the process of setting up my first tank. i have been told that if i use a standard plastic backing it will look poor because apparently salt gets between the plastic backing and the tank? is this correct.

i have been told that the best way is to paint the tank? i believe i should use some paint mixed with PVA glue, what proportion of mix should i use?

i was looking at painting it black, what does this look like on a reef aquarium?



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Old 03-13-2005, 05:12 PM   #2
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I prefer the look of black as opposed to the blue background frequently seen. As for the paint itsels, use a standard water based paint (flat finish).

You can also stick with the backing. If an salt does come between the two, peel it back and clean.

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Old 03-13-2005, 05:21 PM   #3
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my tank is going into an alcove in the wall, once its in place i'll have very little access (if any) at the back!

cheers for the help though!

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I have a dark blue gradient backdrop that I affixed with alot of electrical tape. there is no salt creep there.

I have painted a tank with acrylic paints and it works very well.

I prefer the dark blue gradient look to black myself. Both are nice though. What I do not like is the photo backdrops. they look very cheesy and distract from the real focus of your tank. Your fish and your landscaping. Dark blue or black backdrops do not draw the eye and so they fade away, letting your aquascaping and fish be the stars of the tank.
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I just used some oil based rustolem from wal mart and it's great...
Blue in color, gives a good look...
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I have a blue background on my tank (not painted), by you can hardly see it from all of the coraline growth on the back wall. Blue, black, picture...eventually, you will not see it anyways.

Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
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