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Old 01-18-2016, 04:18 PM   #1
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Does it look better to have a background for a tank that is up against a wall or not?
Here is mine but I am contemplating takin off the background.

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Old 01-18-2016, 04:21 PM   #2
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That looks cool but it's all personal preference. Most people paint the back black. Makes everything pop
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:27 PM   #3
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Ok thanks. Would a plain black background do the same (as in using paper or plastic instead of paint)?


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From my experience it varies. I've used the black vinyl plastics before and it tends to show imperfections and I'm a perfectionist. You can find black sticker vinyls that will look great if you get all the air bubbles out! To me it's always easier to paint it with a few cans of spray paint
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:12 PM   #5
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I have dont black craft paper myself and it worked well. The vinyl is a bit of a pain, so is the aquarium gell as I just found out. Its worth it if you go that route. Vege oil works just as well

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Old 01-19-2016, 12:16 PM   #6
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I used a black foam board available from the big box stores and craft supply stores , It is 3/16 thick and cuts easily with a utility knife. Figured the little layer of insulation it provides can't hurt in helping with maintaining tank temperature , and it's foam so wont be effected if it should get some water on it
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I've always used an aquarium background of plants or something when against a wall. I've preferred to have some backing there to block out the wall or window.
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Here's the new background and substrate: Click image for larger version

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