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background paint.. #1
just wondering what paint people used to paint there backround with?

cos i just put the background pic on my tank and made a mess of it theres air bubbles every where and they look black when the waters in it?

stupid question but u do paint the outside of the tank?
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Re: background paint.. #2
Yes u can paint the outside back of the tank. Emulsion, etc and paint it a few time. mate's tank has blue paint on as you can see on first pic, but when I took it outside to clean it up the water got into it and it peel off as it was emulsion. But we decided not to repaint it as it look natural with their wall.
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Re: background paint.. #3
yeah i would leave mine but theres a daydo rail right in the centre of the tank..
so any normal paint will do really?
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Re: background paint.. #4
buy a sheet of blue/black plastic and silicon it on looks neater than paint JMO
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Re: background paint.. #5
never thought of that nice 1..

i got a background and used that stuff that you smear on then you put it on the tank and try get the air bubbles out...

but i couldnt get the buuble out and i looks abit of a mess cos wen its full of water and the lights are on the air bubbles look black..
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Re: background paint.. #6
Trouble with painting the back of the tank is you really need to have done it before setting up the tank, even though it's the outside you're painting. I find 4 coats of emulsion does it nicely.
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Re: background paint.. #7
Black cardboard hung/stuck just above the water line also does a nice job. Because its not waterproof condensation doesn't form inbetween and when you're fed up with it just swap it out. Best for smaller tanks though.
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Re: background paint.. #8
my tank has no water in it yet as im waiting to get my skimmer(hopefully today) so i can mod the hood for it and external filter pipes..

so it would be easy to do now..
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Re: background paint.. #9
I used black satinwood paint on my last tank, it's more durable than emulsion, dries pretty fast and doesn't smell as bad as gloss. Put it on with a mini sponge roller for a smoothe finish.
Tell you what else looks nice on a marine tank, get some star polyps and dangle them from the surface with elastic bands or fishing line untill they take hold on your back wall, they'll soon spread and cover the back, you won't even be able to see what colour background you've got
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