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« on: February 19, 2011, 07:13:01 pm »

Painting the background of your fish tank is a great alternative to those wallpaper type backgrounds that you tape on. It is nearly impossible to keep those ready made backgrounds looking nice, but a painted background is maintenance free. Sometimes you can even paint the sides of the fish tank. This is a very effective way to keep sunlight out of your aquarium, which cuts down on algae growth on the glass.

The easiest way to paint your fish tank background is to simply spraypaint it. To do this the fish tank must be empty, and outside of your house. First mask off anywhere you don't want to get paint. I like to use 1" blue painters tape and newspaper. Remember to cover the top of the aquarium as well. I use the cheapest flat black spraypaint they sell at home depot. You could also try blue or green. I have even seen someone have blue at the top which then faded into black on the bottom of the fish tank. The key to getting a good outcome with spraypaint is to use many light coats of paint.


Just when you think you have an even coat over the whole aquarium put a flashlight inside it pointing out towards you. This will show you anywhere that the paint is not thick enough. Continue adding light coats of paint focusing on these areas until you can't see any light from the flashlight coming through the paint.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 01:58:20 pm »

hi squish

i have one of the preformed structures stuck on my tank with aquarium sealant they are made by jewel you can get all sorts of different looks.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011, 02:22:54 pm »

cool
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 02:32:01 pm »

i will try to get some decent pics of it, but i'm not good at taking photos mate.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 02:49:42 pm »

Pics would be great. That's ok, at least we could see it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011, 07:25:26 pm »

I have done some of mine with black chalkboard paint.  I love the look, but ran out of paint to do all my tanks Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 05:31:24 am »

hi j-p

would like to see them if poss mate.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 11:51:52 am »

hi guys

had a go at getting a half decent pic of my background hope you can make it out.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 03:21:18 pm »

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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 11:13:11 am »

thanks mate.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 01:23:39 pm »

I think that painting is a great alternative to the tape on roll out things you could buy, also those preformed ones like yours dekker are really cool, gives the illusion of a real rock structure.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2011, 10:56:46 am »

It's neat.
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2015, 11:45:42 am »

Is there special paint to do the background?
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