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Old 10-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Hi. I am trying to decide what background to use for a new 75 gal tank. I was set on doing a plastic type that tapes on the back but my LFS had these 3d type inserts that costs minimum of $150. I started researching and found that a black background will show colors more . I am really confused which way to go. Any comments on the best background ? Thank you
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:04 AM   #2
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Deffinetly use pond foam on the back wall. Looks awesome. But only if your back wall is plastic or acrylic. It won't stick to glass
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Hi. I am trying to decide what background to use for a new 75 gal tank. I was set on doing a plastic type that tapes on the back but my LFS had these 3d type inserts that costs minimum of $150. I started researching and found that a black background will show colors more . I am really confused which way to go. Any comments on the best background ? Thank you
Use some latex paint and paint it on. Those stick on backgrounds can give problems with air bubbles and if you tape them on, you don't get the full colour effect. If you get bubbles and it peels, unless you have easy access to the back of the tank, they can be near impossible to reattach without draining most of the tank to move it. Painting it on is so easy, cheap and is easily removed if needed. I would definitely go with the black background as it makes ALL the colours pop. It also help camouflage your equipment.....
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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Deffinetly use pond foam on the back wall. Looks awesome. But only if your back wall is plastic or acrylic. It won't stick to glass
The Tank is glass, any other ideas?

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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Use some latex paint and paint it on. Those stick on backgrounds can give problems with air bubbles and if you tape them on, you don't get the full colour effect. If you get bubbles and it peels, unless you have easy access to the back of the tank, they can be near impossible to reattach without draining most of the tank to move it. Painting it on is so easy, cheap and is easily removed if needed. I would definitely go with the black background as it makes ALL the colours pop. It also help camouflage your equipment.....
ok, thank you. I have some questions. I assume you paint the outside of the tank? If for some reason I hated it, can they paint be removed without damaging the tank? The tank is glass. Also does the paint tend to chip? I wonder if painting it will cancel the warrantee
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ok, thank you. I have some questions. I assume you paint the outside of the tank? If for some reason I hated it, can they paint be removed without damaging the tank? The tank is glass. Also does the paint tend to chip? I wonder if painting it will cancel the warrantee
Yes the outside. It is easily removed with a scraper. The type with a razor inside it. Also with the latex paint it will peel right off, no damage to the tank. The warrenty, it should not effect it. The same goes for a 3D insert. I have my 55g painted and only use those stick on backgrounds(with Seaview oil) in my smaller tanks....
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Yes the outside. It is easily removed with a scraper. The type with a razor inside it. Also with the latex paint it will peel right off, no damage to the tank. The warrenty, it should not effect it. The same goes for a 3D insert. I have my 55g painted and only use those stick on backgrounds(with Seaview oil) in my smaller tanks....
ok that sounds great.Any chance you can post a photo of your 55 gal so I can see what the background looks like?
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ok that sounds great.Any chance you can post a photo of your 55 gal so I can see what the background looks like?
Sure. It's an oldish picture. I'm currently changing the layout.....

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It really is so easy, it'll cost about $5. Here is a video about how to do it....
HOW TO: paint an aquarium background - YouTube
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It really is so easy, it'll cost about $5. Here is a video about how to do it.... HOW TO: paint an aquarium background - YouTube
great, thank you !!
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