Originally Posted by StuMcc99
Why what's the difference?
Over time the back of the glass gets a hazy film from the moist environment and the background needs to be removed to clean it. It wouldn't be a big deal but my tank is close to the wall and my back is shot. All the tanks I've had that were painted needed no maintinence whatsoever. Because it's hard to clean it usually stays like that for a long time. It really shows up in photos where the haze can reflect light into the lens.
If I hadn't had painted tanks I probably wouldn't be bothered. It's a difference between more maintainence, bad photos, replacing tape, replacing the film if it gets a crease and never looking quite as nice, even when it's new.
I'd never paint acrylic but painting glass is always my first option.