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Old 12-08-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Are you thinking of a black background??

Hi. I was just scrolling through some pictures on my PC and came across these photos. If you are thinking of changing/adding or painting on a black background, I think these pictures are a perfect example of why you should. I read many threads of people asking whether they should paint or stick on a black background. I painted this background on. It's a matt finish(best). These pictures are about 2yrs old and I have since changed the scape. It really shows how the colours 'pop' with the black.....
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Hi Ian, that looks really cool! Never thought off putting a black background on my tank's, it would look really good on my elephant nose tank, I just have the normal background on mine but it's such a pain, it keeps moving!!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Wow Lesley that was fast!!. Yeah I got sick of my background moving. And the bubbles, don't talk about bubbles. Such a pain in the a***. If you look closely at the first pic, there is a big air gap right down the middle. That tank is tight against a wall and I would have to almost empty it to move it. I done this a few times to fix it and one day I ripped it off in a fit of rage!!. My mate is a painter and he gave me some type of oil(quite expensive) to brush on, you then can put any paint onto the glass. I used matt paint made for iron railings. Some people use a paint called plastidip. It really does make all the colours stand out. If your unsure about painting it, buy one of the black backgrounds to try out first.....
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Yep! Just signed in I've been wanting to change my background for a while fed up with it. I'll maybe try black card too see if i like it first. I need to do something i hate my background on both my tank's they drive me nuts!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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Yep! Just signed in I've been wanting to change my background for a while fed up with it. I'll maybe try black card too see if i like it first. I need to do something i hate my background on both my tank's they drive me nuts!
Go for it. A bag bin bag works too!!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #6
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Go for it. A bag bin bag works too!!
Never thought off using a bin bag I'll definitely try it out and see what I think. Cheers Lesley
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #7
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I switched to black and I'll never go back!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
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Go for it. A bag bin bag works too!!
Bag bin bag???. Meant Black bin bag!!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #9
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I switched to black and I'll never go back!
Yeah I have it on all my tanks.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #10
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Hello,
I have a black background on both of my tanks and it looks amazing.
I bought some poster boards at the 99 cent store for 69 cents each and just taped them to the back and it looks great.
So putting a background on my 60 gal and my 20 gal on cost me $2.
But when you put a black background on your tank everything stands out and gains more color.
I love it!
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:21 PM   #11
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Well , im convinced .. I'll be buying black for my 125..
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:10 AM   #12
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I have a blue background on one tank which i don't like but it came with the tank and is a PITA to remove so i left it on. I did have a black background on another tank which i liked but I removed it as it was too thick to use my magnetic scrubber with. I will be emptying both tanks to move them to a 3 tank stand soon. I'll add black background to all three tanks before i set them up.

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Try black gravel or sand as well
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:12 AM   #13
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I love my black background!! Makes a massive difference!!
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Edit Try black gravel or sand as well
I went with regular sand,, I have been kicking myself for it too
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im a newb and i went straight to a black background. i used PlastiDip from Home Depot and sprayed the back and one side facing the wall with it. i also used Black Diamond Sand as a substrate. so hopefully its gonna make my soon to have fish in it really pop!
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Just painted mine black too.
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Just painted mine black too.
Nice!!!
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Thanks. The green will come out as soon as I can find the right piece of driftwood.
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Thank you for sharing this! I am going to talk to my wife about having a black background on the tank we are setting up.
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Thank you for sharing this! I am going to talk to my wife about having a black background on the tank we are setting up.
I absolutely recommend it. I haven't seen one thread/post where someone has regretted going with one. I definitely recommend painting rather than buying a vinyl background and sticking it on. When(and they often do over time) they bubble, they are such a pain and it will be VERY obvious on a black background. If the tank is small and the rear easily accessible, then vinyl is fine. On a larger tank, it's so much hassle sticking it on and then if you get bubbles, a nightmare to fix.....
Painting it on is so easy, cheap and EASILY removable if you ever need to. If the tank is acrylic, I would be very careful painting it. I have NEVER painted an acrylic tank, as I don't have one, so research it, get the right paint and make sure you research how to remove it if/when you decide to change it....
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